Opiate abuse and addiction are unquestionably driving the consistent uptick in overall drug overdose fatalities. In 2014, a little over 47,000 Americans died from drug overdose, over 18,000 of which were directly attributed to opiates and opioids. The following year, the number of overdose deaths climbed to 53,000, nearly half of which were the result of heroin and prescriptions opioid abuse. Between the constant flow of new synthetic opioids into the country and the ongoing prescription painkiller epidemic, opiates have become the most urgent and life-threatening addiction-related issue in the country. RU Encore provides effective and compassionate music-based treatment for opioid addiction. Call us today at 844-525-MUSIC to start fighting back.
Types of Opiates
A Wide Array of Addiction Threats
There are many different types of opiates, all of which are responsible in some way for the increase in addiction and fatalities currently consuming the United States. Heroin has long been regarded as one of the most deadly and addictive types of opiates; however, synthetic variations like fentanyl (which is said to be 100 times more potent than pure heroin) are claiming more and more lives. Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and others have been driving opioid deaths for years and are responsible for the escalation of heroin addiction; it’s primarily become a matter of simple supply and demand.
Recent crackdowns on street-level prescription opioid sales have created scarcity and a price spike. Heroin has stepped in to fill this vacuum, offering a similar high for a fraction of the price. Users can get a bag of heroin for as little as $3.00, whereas a tablet of OxyContin can now go for $30-$50. Factors like these are directly responsible for the increase in fatal overdoses and are likely to persist as more and more Americans fall victim to addiction.
Treating and Managing Opiate Addiction
The Way Back
Opiate addiction should be treated using a targeted and customized combination of detox, withdrawal management and long-term rehab. Each patient’s treatment program will vary based upon the scope and severity of their addiction, which is why treatment centers should provide customized treatment options that address each patient’s unique care needs. Upon completion of a treatment program, whether it’s IOP, PHP, residential or anything else, patients may be eligible for medication-assisted maintenance therapy with drugs like buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Vivitrol. These medication plans are usually deployed while patients are in treatment and are continued for as long as the patients need them.