Opiate addiction is the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US today. Opiate painkillers are the most widely prescribed drugs on the market. Because of their potency, these drugs often lead to addiction. For this reason, tighter government restrictions were enforced to control the abuse of these drugs. Consequently, these restrictions resulted in higher prices. Therefore, over time, opiate addicts began to switch to less expensive, readily available, illegal substitutes such as heroin. As a result, the country is besieged by an epidemic of overdose deaths that exceeds the number of deaths caused by automobile accidents in any given year.
To better understand the broad scope of opiates in America we can take a look at some surprising and shocking statistics. For instance, according to the CDC:
- more than 47,055 Americans died of an opiate overdose in 2014
- these deaths represented 60 percent of all drug overdose deaths that year
- more than 4.7 million people are addicted to opioid painkillers in the US
- the number of opioid addictions has quadrupled since 1999
- Americans consume 80% of the global supply of opiates
- Americans are the most drugged people on the planet today
Are you shocked yet? It’s almost like watching a snowball roll downhill, gathering more snow, getting bigger as it goes. Is there ever going to be a stopping point?
Get to Know the Signs of Opiate Addiction
Although there is no foreseeable stopping point for the opiate epidemic, there are things we can do to help slow it down somewhat. One of the first things we can do is to familiarize ourselves with the warning signs of opiate addiction. In this way, we can possibly convince a person to seek treatment before it’s too late. Here are some of the more common warning signs that opiates or heroin are becoming a problem:
- running out of pills too soon
- taking more than prescribed
- secretive behavior
- missing items around the house
- the person begins lying about their need for money
- lack of interest in activities that were once important
- disinterest in personal hygiene
- a sudden change in friends
- changes in sleeping habits
- weight changes
- missing work or school too often
- needle marks on the body
- drug paraphernalia
Of course, there are many other signs that indicate drug problems, but the above are the most common signs.
Finding Help for Addiction
Whether you are addicted to opiates or have moved on to heroin, you will need professional help to overcome the addiction. A professional treatment facility is experienced in managing withdrawal symptoms and will provide 24/7 monitoring to ensure safety and comfort of their patients. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive program that can be adapted to address the specific needs of each patient.
In an inpatient rehab facility, you will benefit from a variety of program options that are designed to help you cope with triggers when you return to the outside world. You will also find that the staff members are compassionate and highly skilled in providing the level of guidance and support you need.
If you are unsure how to go about selecting a treatment program for yourself or a loved one, call our toll-free number today. One of our counselors will provide the information that will help you make an informed decision. The important thing is that you do so as soon as possible before adverse complications arise. Opiate addiction can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Get into treatment right away so you can enjoy an addiction-free future.