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    Residential Treatment

    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible.
    Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.
    With access to an alcohol and drug-free living environment - successful recovery is possible. Individuals trying to abstain are more successful in a residential treatment setting.

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  • Activities for Fun

    Activities for Fun

    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
    A common misconception between addicts is that "My life will be over when I quit!"
    The Haven opens possibilities by teaching individuals how to have fun sober.
  • Build Healthy Relationships

    Build Healthy Relationships

    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
    A key component to long term sobriety is healthy relationships.
    The Haven facilitates building relationships based on boundaries and helping others who are in need.
  • Lake Powell

    Lake Powell

    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.
    Each year The Haven takes Alumni, Residents and others in the community to
    Lake Powell all of whom share a common goal to stay sober.

Get Your Life Back

The Haven offers both residential treatment and sober living programs for men and women struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. All of The Haven's facilities are conveniently located near downtown Salt Lake City, within walking distance of UTA TRAX and the University of Utah. Individuals needing help to stay sober find extra support with The Haven's Sober Living Program. While residents work on the skills needed to live alcohol and drug-free, The Haven Alumni show residents that life without drugs and alcohol can be fun and exciting. The Haven has been has been a leader in treating substance misuse disorders in Utah since 1969. Recovery from alcohol and substance abuse is possible.

Cost of Drug Abuse in U.S. Tops $1 Trillion Annually

Cost of Drug Abuse in U.S. Tops $1 Trillion AnnuallyThe real cost of the nation’s drug epidemic is equal to 5% of U.S. GDP. While the escalating scale of the nation’s drug epidemic has been well- documented in recent years, the real costs to society and the economy have been greatly underestimated.

“Taking into account the staggering costs associated with criminal justice, treatment and loss of productivity, we estimate that the real cost of America’s drug epidemic exceeds $1 trillion,” said my colleague Kumar Cidambi, CEO of the Center for Network Therapy (CNT), New Jersey’s first licensed outpatient facility for the treatment of all substances of abuse. He estimates that the “cost will surely rise without changes in policies that promote criminalization and restrict funding for treatment.”

According to a 2011 Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center report titled, The Economic Impact of Illegal Drug Use on American Society, the cost of illicit drug use to the U.S. economy was $193 billion in 2007. Then, between 2007 and 2015, overdose deaths from illicit drug use rose 230%, indicating the cost rose to around $445 billion. However, only 42% of overdose deaths were attributable to illicit drugs, with the remainder resulting from the abuse of licit drugs such as prescription opiates (to treat pain), benzodiazepines (to treat anxiety), etc.

“Combine the costs associated with licit drug abuse with those from illicit drug abuse, and the actual financial cost in 2015 likely topped $1 trillion,” said the CEO.

The abuse of drugs has wide-reaching implications for the U.S. economy, so much so that Federal Reserve Chairman, Janet Yellen, has attributed rampant opioid abuse to the decline in labor force participation among prime-age workers.

Mr. Cidambi proposes three ways to mitigate the drug epidemic’s serious societal and economic impact:

*Decriminalization – In 2015, there were roughly 1.5 million arrests for drug law violations and four out of five were for possession. Decriminalization of drug possession related violations may offer the biggest bang for the buck because, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 50% of the costs tied to illicit drug use related to criminal justice and incarceration.

“It is time we utilize the ‘token economy’ modality of treatment that universally offers individuals a clean record upon successful completion of addiction treatment. This would cut criminal justice costs dramatically and also enable those in recovery to more easily re-integrate into the job market,” said Cidambi.

*Treatment – According to the U.S. Department of Justice report, the cost of addiction treatment accounted for only 6% of the total costs associated with illicit drug use. Funding for treatment is essential, with funds allocated wisely to methods proven clinically effective and economically prudent. Newer modalities of treatment such as ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification offer better solutions to this trillion-dollar problem. Compared to traditional inpatient treatment, the outpatient model is less costly and delivers better results because it integrates the home environment into treatment.

“At CNT, we pioneered the Ambulatory (Outpatient) Detoxification model and it has delivered far better outcomes relative to inpatient detoxification,” said Cidambi.

*Prevention – In 2015, nearly 60% of overdose deaths involved prescription medication. To reverse this trend, greater investment should go into educating the public about the addictive potential of some prescription medications.

“I suggest that the government mandate that every physician's office display educational posters that warn about the addictive potential of certain medications, such as opiates (used to treat pain), benzodiazepines (used to treat anxiety), and stimulants (used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” Cidambi said. This approach will encourage patients to have an informed conversation with their physicians about limiting the use of addictive medications.

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