USA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015
It’s no secret Florida is home to thousands of drug users suffering from untreated addiction. A bill currently being reviewed by the government officials of Florida are deliberating whether or not to introduce needle exchange programs into the state. Needle exchange programs provide the populace with clean needles in exchange for dirty ones- no questions asked. Exchange programs are a point of harm reduction techniques to keep drug users and the general population safe from infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. According to Health News Florida on March 23rd over 30 states on the nation are already implementing needle exchange programs. With Florida ranking among the top in the nation for substance abuse problems, the sunshine state seems late in adopting these policies.
Harbor Village Detox is an inpatient medical detox drug and alcohol treatment facility located in South Florida. The treatment center provides the entire state of Florida with drug and alcohol addiction treatment services, and often flies patients from other parts of the country in to receive life saving drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Harbor Village Detox supports harm reduction measures like needle exchange programs, and suggests such means protect addiction specialists when victims of substance use disorders finally get treatment for their medical and mental disease of addiction.
An associate comments, “Setting up medically preventive options for drug users is critical to protect them from what we can. Although addiction is a disease which gets worse every day it is left untreated, offering programs like needle exchanges help reduce health risks like HIV. When victims of addiction finally do get the treatment they need, our priority also must be to protect medical workers who specialize in the field of addiction from contracting communicable diseases. It may seem counter intuitive to provide users with the tools to use- and thereby stagnate their recovery- they’re going to use whether you want them to or not. So like providing high schoolers with condoms, we may as well give them a means of safely doing so, until they’re ready to get help.”
Harbor Village Detox specializes in inpatient medical detox. Their first priority is to safely guide patients through the potentially excruciating process of withdrawal. Patients recover within the safety of a 24/7 medically monitored facility, receiving pharmacological therapy around the clock, in addition to psychiatric services. Harbor Village Detox provides patients with an entry point for intensive therapy, and encourages residents to participate in group therapy and take advantage of life coaching services to ensure treatment after detox.