Almost 50,000 people died in 2019 from opioid-involved overdoses in the United States.
Addiction to opioids such as prescription painkillers like OxyContin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and heroin has become a public health crisis, costing the country as much as $78.5 billion a year in healthcare, criminal justice, and loss of productivity costs. At first, pharmaceutical companies claimed that prescription opioids were not addictive which led to the over-prescription of opioids and their chronic misuse, causing overdose rates to skyrocket. People often come to opioid painkillers legitimately, for pain mitigation after an accident or surgery and end up addicted and turning to street opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. About 80 percent of heroin users first misused prescription opioids.
Are you addicted to Opioids?
Many people who find themselves addicted to opiates had initially been taking them as prescribed for a legitimate ailment. Some started off with occasional recreational use. However, tolerance and dependence develop very quickly and users find themselves struggling to obtain enough to “feel normal”. This can lead to fraudulently obtaining more prescriptions, turning to street dealers, or substituting heroin because it is easier to get. Sadly, many Opioid addiction stories end in overdose, especially with presence of the Fentanyl, a very powerful opioid found in many street opiates.
Here are some warning signs that Opioid Abuse has become a problem:
How Can Pathways Recovery Center Help Me?
If you are experiencing Opioid addiction, you know how painful and frightening the withdrawal process can be. Extreme agitation, sweating, muscle spasms and aches, severe nausea and abdominal pain combined with strong cravings are difficult to overcome on your own, and often lead to relapse.
Treatment for Opioid addiction often starts with Supervised Detoxification. Detoxing from opioids can bring about severe symptoms like intense nausea, muscle pain, fever, anxiety and paranoia. It is very dangerous to do on your own, not to mention painful. At Pathways Recovery Center, we’ll make sure you’re medically stable under the monitoring of our on-site clinical and nursing staff who are experienced in implementing medication-assisted detox. This will ensure the safest and least painful withdrawal experience.
In our private, intimate facility designed for serenity and comfort, you’ll begin intensive therapy to not only address addiction, but the underlying factors that led to it. At Pathways Recovery Center, we believe that healing addiction means healing the whole person. You’ll undergo assessments to determine each of the contributing biological, social, and psychological factors that have kept you in the cycle of addiction. Using evidence-based therapies like CBT and DBT, we’ll help you learn new coping skills and positive thinking patterns that will help you overcome your cravings, master your emotions, and heal. Pathways Recovery Center will get you the social support you need to stay free from Opioid addiction with tools like 12 Step programs and group therapy. You are not alone!
Contact our addiction specialists today to learn more about substance abuse treatment at 1-888-711-0966 or [email protected]