The Opioid Epidemic
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What is the Opioid Epidemic?
The CDC has issued a national public health alert as the opioid epidemic claimed thousands of victims this year.
The opioid epidemic, meaning many, many people have died due to the use of opioids, is a very real and dangerous issue. While the addiction may have just started to ease the pain, it could very well be destroying your body and your life.
If you seek out pills and illegal forms of opioids without a prescription, you are in danger of overdose.
Opioid Epidemic Victims
While there was hope that we were beating the opioid epidemic, the numbers are telling a different story.
The number of opioid epidemic victims has peaked at over 71,000.
These are numbers only rivaled by the current COVID-19 crisis.
These fatal numbers are proof that waiting to treat your addiction could be a lethal mistake.
Without proper detox and treatment, your relationship with drug addiction could be a lifetime sentence.
How to Define the Opioid Crisis
What is the opioid epidemic meaning? Since opioid drugs hit the market in 1999, opioids and illicit drugs have killed over 750,000 opioid epidemic victims. If you have an opioid addiction, you may have an addiction to similar drugs like heroin, which claims lives every day. The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 was introduced due to the severity of the epidemic. One goal of the act is to support those affected either through addiction or family members. This new proposal includes a prescription monitoring program (PDMP) so doctors and pharmacies can monitor a possible substance abuse problem. Awareness starts with you and recognizing that you have an addiction. We have accredited facilities and staff that provide you a safe transition from detox to maintaining a prescription free life!
What is the Cause of the Opioid Epidemic?
Opioids are a synthetic version of Opium, a natural plant used for pain relief. When it first hit the market in 1999, people started abusing it almost immediately. Due to the drug being overprescribed, there was a crackdown causing a spike in heroin deaths and overdose. Ironically, pharmaceutical companies assured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to pain medications. Today the opioid epidemic includes approximately 2.1 million addicts. If you are taking opioids such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, you run a high risk of becoming drug dependent. While these drugs may temporarily relieve the pain, the risk far outweighs the rewards.
The Opioid Epidemic: Signs of Abuse
Due to the pleasurable side effects of opioid use, such as drowsy euphoria, it is easy to succumb to addiction. Once you realize you are no longer using as needed, it may be time to accept you have a disease. Side effects of acute opioid addiction range from mild to lethal. Sleepiness, slurred speech, poor coordination, and constipation are common side effects of opioid use as painkillers slow the body down. The more severe side effects of opioid abuse are shallow breathing, loss of consciousness, slowed heart rate, and ultimately death. Due to the severity and lethality of opioid withdrawal, you must go through a medically supervised detox.
Mental Illness and the Opioid Epidemic
Since opioids produce tremendous positive reinforcement levels, it enhances the odds that you will continue using despite the consequences. The opioid epidemic has left behind several victims who suffer from chronic physical dependency and mental illness. While opioids alter your perception of pain, it also causes mental confusion, agitation, abandonment of responsibilities, mood swings, and depression. The opioid epidemic can affect you even if you have no previous history of drug abuse. Many of our clients started with only needing to treat something like an injury and ended up with a debilitating addiction.
Oxycodone or opiate withdrawal will be an unpleasant but worthwhile process. With withdrawal symptoms varying, Resurgence Behavioral Health will have you in medication-assisted treatment to ensure a safe detox. We will transition you to either intensive outpatient programs or partial hospitalization program to alleviate post-acute withdrawal symptoms. We offer accredited inpatient and outpatient programs and 24-hour care to get you through the worst withdrawal symptoms.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
How to Get Help
At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand how difficult it can be to give up an opioid addiction because, with long term use, the mind is continuously remembering that euphoric high.
Combining inpatient therapy, counseling, and a customized addiction program, we will help you rediscover euphoria without the pills.
Our goal is for you to leave Resurgence Behavioral Health with mental fortitude and coping skills to maintain lifelong sobriety.
Call Resurgence Behavioral Health at 855-458-0050 to schedule an appointment.
We challenge you to make a fresh start with us today!