Since Fairwinds Treatment Center began operation in 1989, its staff has been working tirelessly to help those who suffer from substance abuse issues. Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef founded the center and pioneered his celebrated dual diagnosis methodology.
Dual diagnosis methodology means that patients are not only offered clinical treatment but also psychological treatment. The causes and consequences of drug addiction are physical, mental and emotional, so any plan aimed at long-term recovery must include healing that of all kinds.
Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid-reversal drug that has only recently been translated into a nasal-administered drug and approved for police use and has been successful in saving the lives of 200 potentially fatal heroin overdoses in New Jersey in just under eight months.
However, Howell Mayor William Gotto points out that the treatment is a one-time life-saver and not a true answer to the widespread problem of drug addiction.
"If we have to deploy Narcan it's a failure, it's not a success and I was offended that it was viewed as a success," he told the press.
In fact, the state Attorney General's office reported 713 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey in 2013, which represented a 160 percent increase from 2010. Gotto fears that Narcan will not help stem this tide of increasing drug abuse, but will only act as a temporary Band-Aid.
If you or a loved one is suffering from drug addiction, contact Fairwinds today. We are one of the most highly renowned drug addiction treatment centers in the country, and our experienced, knowledgeable and professional staff can help you get the information you need to make a positive change.