Nearly 2 million Americans live with and suffer through opioid abuse on a daily basis. Opioid drugs include:
The blame for the recent dramatic rise in opiate abuse has been placed primarily upon prescription painkillers. In the past decade, opiate pain reliever prescriptions rose an astounding 11 percent in comparison to years past. As more and more people succumb to this pernicious addiction, families, individual lives and communities are being torn apart and devastated.
The new face of modern opiate addicts are not those of perceptions past: a homeless junkie endlessly searching for their next hit of heroin. Most opiate abusers begin using prescription drugs legitimately and innocently at the behest of their doctor in order to treat acute or chronic pain. However, by their very nature, opiate drugs are extremely addictive. With an action nearly identical to that of heroin, these drugs directly affect the pleasure-center in the brain, causing feelings of euphoria.
Signs and symptoms of an opioid abuse include:
As more people have begun abusing prescription pills, there has also been a correlative rise in heroin use, which has nearly doubled, over the past few years. Many people who began abusing prescription pills turned to heroin in order to satisfy their ever-increasing urge to get high. Since users quickly build a tolerance to these drugs, they require larger and larger amounts in order to get high. Heroin is much cheaper than prescription pills, and users are not constrained by a monthly prescription allotment. This dangerous switch to street drugs has resulted in drug overdoses becoming the leading cause of accidental death among U.S. adults. Cheap and easy to procure, too many opioid abusers are losing their lives to street heroin in their quest to get high.
Opiate addiction is notoriously difficult to overcome, but inpatient treatment is one of the best options to help treat this condition. Some studies have suggested that people who attend an inpatient drug treatment program may have up to a 20 percent higher likelihood of achieving and maintaining sobriety than those who do not. Inpatient treatment offers the following benefits:
There is hope for those suffering from opioid abuse. Recovery is possible, and finding an appropriate inpatient treatment facility is the first step on the road to recovery.