How Prescription Opioids Are Linked to Heroin
- People who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.
- The rise in opioid prescriptions during the 21st century mirrors the 286 percent increase in heroin users overdose deaths during the same period
- Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug
- 1. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/heroin/
- 2. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/relationship-between-prescription-drug-heroin-abuse/prescription-opioid-use-risk-factor-heroin-use
Exploring Drug-Free Pain Treatments
Pain relief is not exclusively available in a bottle. Long before the advent of modern medicine, civilizations relied on a number of different pain-relieving methods that are still in use today. The problem for most of these drug-free options is that they don’t work as quickly as opioids – something that does not always sit well with our microwave-oriented society. We want results as quickly as possible, and drug-free options don’t provide instant relief.
What they can provide, however, is long-lasting relief. Researchers from the NIH examined the efficacy and safety of alternative treatments, reviewing 105 randomized controlled trials from January 1966-to-March 2016. Based on a “preponderance” of positive outcomes versus negative ones, researchers determined that yoga, acupuncture, tai chi, cognitive behavioral therapy and massage therapy could be effective in treating specific types of pain. Researchers admitted that there were gaps in data and that more research needs to be conducted to determine the efficacy of a broader population.
People who take prescription opioids according to doctors’ orders can still develop a destructive addiction to heroin as a result. Unfortunately, by the time it gets to that point, the addicted individual needs help to overcome dependency in addition to education about drug-free pain relief.
Heroin addiction and co-occurring disorders
The National Institutes of Health discuss the various causes of addiction to heroin.. According to these factors and others, addictions may also lead to and contribute to other disorders.
Using heroin to overcome anxiety or depression can cause addiction. This can create a nasty cycle in which the person uses heroin to self-medicate their depression, which only serves to make the depression worse. As the depression worsens, the person is more likely to turn back to heroin in an attempt to make themselves feel better.
Heroin use may result in other mental problems. In particular, the use of heroin could lead to decreased enjoyment because chemical systems affect their ability to react to rewards and induce reactions. It can easily result in depressed feelings, anxiety, etc.
Heroin addiction treatment
If you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of pain and drug abuse, it’s time to ask for help and look at treatment centers. The addiction care professionals at Behavioral Health Centers are experts in pain management, compassionate detoxification, retraining of life-skills, and all of the other rehab services a person in recovery requires.
If you or someone you know is addicted to heroin, there are a few different addiction treatment options available at treatment centers in the US:
- Inpatient addiction treatment: This type of treatment involves staying in a facility for a period of time, usually 30 days or more. During this time, you will receive 24-hour care and supervision from medical staff. This can be a good option if you have a severe addiction or if you need more support to recover.
- Outpatient addiction treatment: This type of treatment allows you to live at home while attending treatment sessions during the week. This can be a good option if you have a less severe addiction or if you have a strong support system at home.
- Medication-assisted treatment: This type of treatment uses medication to help reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It is often used in combination with other forms of treatment, such as counseling and therapy.
- Holistic addiction treatment: This type of treatment focuses on healing the mind, body, and spirit. It may include yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies.
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