When most people think of Utah, they think Mormons, outdoors, and scenery like nowhere else, not a prescription opiate and heroin epidemic. Utah residents are ranked some of the healthiest people in the country, with 60 percent members of the Mormon Church. The Mormon religion discourages its members from using alcohol or drugs at all, including caffeine, due to their religion’s restraint on using any “harmful substances”. So how is it we are ranked eighth in the country for prescription overdose related deaths?
Since 1949, the month of May has been devoted to raising awareness for mental health, in hopes to alleviate common misconceptions about it. There is still much stigma associated with mental health, and mostly with those who don’t understand it. Mental health is a vital part of everyone’s daily health and well being, but when the term is also associated with illness it is harder for people to escape the negativity surrounding it. Mental health is such a broad issue, and to help others understand that, there needs to be this awareness and education available.
There is much research and statistics supporting sober living programs as the most successful and ideal step down from residential treatment. It has proven to be directly correlated with the longevity of an addict’s sobriety. As addicts move out of a life of chaos, highs and lows, distress and uncertainty to a life of stability, structure, and recovery it is best experienced surrounded by a supportive group of peers. This being the program most residential treatment centers provide, and it is suggested best to stick with this consistency and support as long as possible.
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