Ireland Leads in Heroin Addiction

When I think of Europe, I remember the historical sites, museums, amazing food, and culture, but most recently this idyllic part of the world is being noted for its drug addiction. Recent data released at the end of 2011 showed that Ireland is the leader of the European Union countries when it comes to heroin use. The report came from the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction and showed there are now eight cases in the 15-64 age group per 1,000 population in Ireland.

Ireland is not without its drug rehabilitation centers, but how they operate these centers may be the kink in their method of treatment. Currently addicts in Ireland are coming into treatment in large numbers, but they’re not coming out the other side. The reason for this is:

  1. Financial –  Many cannot afford intensive in-patient treatment, so they are doing methadone treatment (a drug that helps with the withdrawal process for heroin addicts.) This treatment is cost-effective, but as a resource, methadone is not as intensive as rehabilitation, re-education, or added social skills.
  2. The treatment – At these Methadone treatment centers the ratio of client to counselor can be high, as much as 50 to 1, I believe. Some could argue cynically that methadone is more of a holding exercise prior to treatment, but not the initial process of recovery.

The Landing realizes how expensive treatment can be for families. Therefore, we approach treatment in a timely, cost-effective way.

  1. First 30 days – We help the client through detoxing withdrawals and introduce them to a lifestyle of recovery; 12-Step meetings, counseling, meals, exercise, and staying consistent with this routine.
  2. 60 days – In addition to the above, we assist the client in addressing the underlying trauma or family dynamics that brought them into their addiction. With the assistance of counselors and Family Week, we try to bring healing to the underlying issues.
  3. 90 days – In addition to the above, we assist the client with their transition back into the community. Whether through attending college, acquiring a job, or returning to their family, we help clients take the tools they have learned in recovery and step out on their own.

Read more about heroin addiction.