In 2017, a public health emergency was declared due to the opioid drug epidemic. The pharmaceutical companies convinced doctors that opioid pain relievers were not addictive for twenty years, and they began to overprescribe them with little oversight. It was too late by the time science caught up and recognized how addictive and destructive they were. Millions of people have been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic, and the pharmaceutical companies have shouldered most of the blame.
Not only were the abusers of opioids the victims of the drug companies’ unchecked greed, but just like with the crack epidemic, newborn babies of addicts experienced withdrawal symptoms due to extensive opioid use during their mothers’ pregnancies. There were 42,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses in 2016. That was more than any of the previous years on record. In 2019, almost 50,000 people died from opioid overdoses. There is a long way to go before this opioid epidemic is over.
However, help is available at Paramount Recovery Centers. Our opioid addiction treatment program helps people to begin and then maintain recovery. If you or someone you care about is stuck in the endless cycle of opioid addiction, reach out to our Paramount Recovery Centers team today by completing our online form.
Opioid Addiction & The Opioid Epidemic
Many people have had their lives upended by opioid addiction. It is a chronic disease that is the cause of major health conditions. It is a narcotic that works as a strong pain reliever, affecting the nervous system. People are prescribed it by a doctor to manage continuing pain, but in the end, the addiction is worse than the pain it was prescribed for. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioids are:
Opioid Epidemic By the Numbers
Consider some of the statistics about the opioid epidemic:
- 1.6 million people had an opioid problem in 2020
- 745,00 people used heroin in 2020
- 50,00 people used heroin for the first time in 2020
- 14,480 people died from heroin overdoses between June 2019 and June 2020
- 2 million people used methamphetamine in 2020
- 1.6 million people abused prescription painkillers in 2020
- 10.1 million people abused prescription opioids in 2020
- 70,630 people died from drug overdoses in 2019
- 48,006 deaths caused by an overdose of synthetic opioids other than methadone from June 2019 to June 2020
Opioid Addiction Treatment
At Paramount Recovery Centers, our medication-assisted therapy (MAT) is one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction. The severity of the addiction makes it unlikely that you will be able to kick the habit without the intervention of prescribed medicine. MAT does not address only the opioid addiction but is known as a whole patient therapy, which attributes greatly to your success in recovering from this addiction.
Our team also provides a wide range of behavioral therapies, including:
- Motivational interviewing (MI) – Focuses on the reasons you may not want to undergo drug treatment, and confronting this paradox while you are under the hold of addiction allows you to take control of your recovery
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) – Reveals the motivations and causes behind your drug use and allows you to address these problems and cope with them more successfully
- 12-Step program – Discuss your struggles in a group setting with other people who are experiencing what you are currently going through and can offer support now and in the future during your recovery
Embrace Opioid Addiction Treatment at Paramount Recovery Centers
The opioid epidemic affected millions of people. At Paramount Recovery in Southborough, Massachusetts, we have an extensive treatment program that effectively confronts your addiction with an empathetic and caring approach where you work in tandem with your therapists to find a workable solution to your problem. We offer upscale accommodations in a tranquil setting that will put you at ease and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Reach out to our team today online for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.