It is a crisis of truly epidemic proportions. Opioid-related overdose deaths have quadrupled in the United States since the year 2000. The U.S. currently averages 110 overdose deaths from legal and illegal drugs every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a fairly grim picture:
When therapists recommend psychodrama to their recovery clients, they sometimes get puzzled looks. Clearly, they don’t want to be seen as “psychos” and they sure have enough drama in their lives already. But that’s not what psychodrama is all about and once they realize that, the concerns tend to disappear.
The recent Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Policy Meeting on Treating Substance Use Disorders addressed access, recovery and the Affordable Care Act, focusing on the entry of previously uninsured substance abusers into the medical system.
The holiday season is a time for merriment and festivity, as well as a time of indulgence. For a person in recovery, this can pose a challenge when placed in a setting in which temptations may lie. Knowing how to enjoy this time with friends and loved ones while also resisting harmful urges can be challenging.