Vacation raises concerns over drug addiction relapse | Public security

While the holidays are great for getting together with family and friends, they can also highlight the challenges people face when it comes to substance abuse.

Mark Puckett of the St. Kolbe-Puckett Healing Center said he is seeing an increase in overdoses in the community, many of which have resulted in deaths.

It can be difficult for drug addicts to cope on their own, even those who have worked to recover but are still struggling. Puckett said he and others involved in the addiction recovery community were particularly affected by the recent overdose death of a mother in the community who was working to overcome her problem.

“The problem you have is that a lot of drug addicts have alienated themselves from their family members, okay. And, of course, it’s the holiday season. Thanksgiving has just passed. It’s, you know, it’s rally day, ”Puckett said. “If they’re working in a program, a 12-step program, they should have a sponsor and they should stay in close contact with their sponsor if they feel like they’re going to use it. If they contact their upline, most of the time their upline can talk to them and get them to attend a meeting and they’ll be fine.

If someone is struggling to get rid of their addiction, their tolerance to a drug is lower than they may have used before, he warned.

“The longer you stay clean, the more this level drops. The most important thing you see when people relapse is they say, ‘Oh, well, when I was quitting I was doing a pimple, I could do a whole pimple, I could do a half a button, ”Puckett said. “They go get a heroin button and they do everything, and they overdose and die because their levels have gone down. It’s too much for their system.

Puckett said beyond the relapses he’s seen, he’s also concerned about the laced pills.

In October, a 17-year-old girl died in Chillicothe after ingesting a fake prescription pill without knowing its origin. It’s something Puckett said that happens a lot, and he’s even compared taking a pill on the street to Russian roulette.

“The pills they buy on the streets are not prescription narcotics as they think they are,” he said. “There are pill presses all over the United States and they press pills and they put fentanyl in those pills. So when they think they’re getting a pure pill, they’re not. They’re filled with fentanyl.