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If I Have HIV, Can I Still Get Into Drug Rehab?

Almost everybody who struggles with substance abuse has other underlying issues that need to be addressed. Sometimes these are emotional problems that drive people to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and in other situations there are physical issues at play. Any successful drug treatment program needs to address all of the issues that affect a person’s health, and that includes HIV and AIDS.

Even though HIV is often thought of as a sexually transmitted infection, it often goes hand-in-hand with drug abuse. This is why it is not uncommon for someone with a substance abuse problem to be HIV-positive. It can also make treatment more complicated for a number of reasons. First of all, HIV and AIDS obviously compromises a person’s health and immune system, which can make any kind of medical treatment that much more difficult. Many people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol are also much less likely to remain compliant with other medications that they need to take to be healthy. For someone living with HIV or AIDS, that can be deadly.

Of course, there’s also the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS. It’s not nearly as severe as it once was when the AIDS epidemic was at its worst, but it’s still there, and it can make one hesitant to seek treatment for their substance abuse problems. While it’s totally understandable why you would keep quiet about being HIV-positive, you can still seek treatment at a drug rehab center. It’s still an important step that you need to take to be healthy and reclaim your life, but you shouuld seek out a program that is geared toward those who are living with HIV or AIDS. Fortunately, programs such as these are more common than you might think; all you need to do is seek them out.

If you live with both HIV and drug addiction, there is always help available to you. We at Genesis House have safe and nurturing drug rehabilitation programs available for anybody who wants to be free of their addictions. Visit us online to learn more about our many treatment programs and how they can help you. If you need immediate help for yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-737-0933. No matter who you are, always remember that there is help available to you, even when things seem hopeless.

CDC Warns of Spread of Disease Through IV Drug Use

jaidscoverSubstance abuse can make people do things to themselves and others that they would never consider if they were sober. The grip of addiction is itself a harmful and deadly practice, and there are various aspects of it that make users more vulnerable to different kinds of health problems in addition to the damage from the drugs themselves.

One of the most devastating results is the spread of infectious diseases through the use of injecting drugs and sharing needles. While most people might assume that heroin is the only drug that is used intravenously, other drugs fit into this category as well, such as methamphetamine and cocaine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a report about the 220 counties in the United States that are most at risk to an increase of HIV and hepatitis C outbreaks from needle-sharing drug users. The results of this report appear in the June edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Of the counties named, more than half of them are in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, where rural areas have been hit heavily by IV drug use of opioids.

“Our main goal was to prevent this from happening again, and this is one way we think we can help jurisdictions,” study author John Brooks, Senior Medical Advisor for the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, told the Wall Street Journal.

Officials in the areas most at risk are working to provide more prevention programs, testing centers and other forms of assistance. While these might help a little bit, the most beneficial help would be to provide more treatment beds for addicts so they stop using drugs altogether. Recovery is the best prevention of this form of outbreak.

If you have a loved one addiction to drugs, whether they are using them intravenously or not, contact us today to find out how we can help.