In the past few years, opioid use has increased dramatically in the United States. Currently, one in 20 Americans over 12 has been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder, and opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, with more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone. Despite this tragedy, there’s good news: opioid treatment programs have proven to be very effective at reducing mortality and overdoses and improving participants’ health status and quality of life.
Learn the facts.
In 2016, the United States experienced a record-breaking number of drug overdose deaths. 63,632 Americans died of drug overdoses that year—more than 200 per day. The majority of these deaths involved an opioid like heroin or fentanyl. It’s not hard to see why there is such a high demand for effective and compassionate treatments for opioid addiction. Unfortunately, many opioid treatment programs are too expensive for most people struggling with this disease. For those who can afford it, their lives will never be the same again.
How do I get started?
Opioid addiction is a complex disease. It’s also one of the most common public health issues in the US today. In recent years, the opioid crisis has rapidly grown into a devastating epidemic that affects people from all backgrounds and socio-economic statuses. This is due to increased prescription opioid misuse and heroin use.
To help combat this, everyone needs to invest more in long-term, evidence-based treatment programs that utilize medication assisted treatment (MAT). MAT has been shown to reduce cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and relapse rates for those with opioid addiction.
What You Can Expect
Addiction is a disease that needs to be treated like any other disease. The opioid crisis is an addiction epidemic, and it’s not going away unless we do something about it. Addiction treatment programs are one of the best ways to help addicts get back and clean. This can sometimes mean using medications such as methadone or Suboxone.
There are also many therapy options available that can help with withdrawal symptoms and counseling sessions with trained professionals to teach patients how to live without drugs. Family members and friends must offer support while respecting privacy during the recovery process.
Support while in treatment.
Support during treatment is vital to the success of an individual’s recovery. As with any other chronic condition, addiction requires ongoing management. Some may be able to recover without intervention, but for most people with addiction, a multifaceted approach is needed. Treatment programs offer the necessary support to give individuals the best chance of success.
Recovery doesn’t stop with detox. Know your options.
Opiate addiction is a disease that affects the brain and can be fatal if not treated. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, or economic status. If you are ready to take control of your life and begin the recovery process, opioid treatment programs offer a chance at a new beginning. With medication assisted treatment (MAT), patients can taper off their dependence on opioids while gradually reducing their dosage. There are many steps in the MAT process; some will work better than others, depending on your situation and preferences.
Where should I go?
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, know that treatment is available and everyone has options. It’s important to remember that addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral failing. With professional help and time, many people will recover from their addiction and get back to living healthy lives.
There are many ways to find a program; you can even get started by reaching out on your own. One helpful place to start looking is at SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator. This database will help you look for programs in your area that could be a good fit for your needs. You can filter through programs based on various factors, including their purpose, modality, and provider credentials. Use our advanced search tool to find a drug treatment center near you.
As the opioid crisis continues to take hold of more and more communities, all levels of government need to act. We must develop an integrated and sustainable strategy that includes prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. Addiction is a complex disease with no easy solution, but access to comprehensive treatment has been shown time and time again as the most effective way to reduce overdose deaths.