Heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine these are some of the widely abused opioids in the US. Doctors recommend some opioids like oxycontin, methadone, percocet, benzodiazepine to treat chronic pains like cancer and other several causes. People start abusing opioids and continue abusing opioids even after recovery.
The number of opioid abusers are growing every day and thousands of people lose their lives of opioid overdose every year. As per CDC records the deaths due to opioid overdose has increased more than 200% since 2000. In 2014, more than 14000 people died of opioid overdose in the US. Opioid overdose deaths were highest among the age group 25 to 54 years. Each day more than 1000 people gets emergency treatment due to opioid misuse.
One of the reasons of ever increasing opioid addiction is over prescription and easy availability. According to a study nearly 65 percent who abuse opioid first time get drugs from their friends, relatives, acquaintances not from doctors. This data clearly shows that opioids are easily available. Abusers take opioids for recreational purposes initially and they perceive it as a harmless drug because it is recommended by doctors. Long term use of opioid may lead to dependence and addiction. Opioids cause side effects like nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, constipation and many more.
Longer use of opioids generally causes dependence or addiction. It makes your system gets habitual of opioids. Sudden stoppage leads to withdrawal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, muscle pain, anxiety, irritability and several other withdrawal symptoms.
There are plenty of treatment centers that provide opioid addiction treatment. There are two types of programs outpatient and inpatient.
Opioid addiction is mainly the problem of general public not of outcast people. Opioid abusers are common people, professionals like lawyers, athletes, teachers etc. Outpatient program is useful for such individuals to get opioid addiction treatment. They need to continue their professional life along with the treatment. Opioid problem is not as stigmatized like other addictions of as Heroin, Cocaine, Alcohol and more.
Inpatient program is more effective comparatively to outpatient program. Patients stay in the facility and monitored round the clock. In case the patient face any problem then help is available 24X7. Patient stay away from their environment and don’t get in touch with individuals who promote them for opioid abuse.
The cost of treatment depends on treatment center policies. Individual insurance may cover some or all of the treatment cost. It is recommended to confirm with the concerned insurance company the level of insurance cover before admitting into a treatment center.