Millions of people across the United States are currently struggling with opioid addiction. Rehab can help — at least, for those willing and able to pursue it.
According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 70 percent of drug overdose deaths are the result of prescription or illicit opioids. And around 130 people die every day from opioid-related overdoses, which have increased six times since 1999. It’s a real epidemic, and if your loved one is a victim of opioid addiction, you might be wondering how this has happened.
The rise of the epidemic first began with the over-prescription of pain pills during the 1990s. As the government began to crack down on the distribution of pills and made them harder to get, heroin use began to take off around 2010. Three years later, in 2013, synthetic opioids — including fentanyl and dangerous counterfeit pills — began to significantly become an increasing cause of overdose deaths. They continue to destroy lives today.
The reality of the current opioid epidemic is that it doesn’t discriminate against anyone.
In fact, the CDC has reported that opioid addiction has increased in both men and women across all ages and races. It’s a disease, and anyone can overcome it with the proper addiction treatment.
Unfortunately, a lot of people suffering from opioid addiction never enter treatment.
One of the biggest issues facing regular opioid abusers is that overcoming an addiction can be extremely challenging. The withdrawal symptoms can include pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Because of the effects of quitting, many users relapse very quickly during the withdrawal process.
At The Mend, our treatment team can help you take an honest assessment of the most effective medical detox plan for patients with an addiction to oxycodone, heroin, roxycodone, Vicodin, Dilaudid or Percocet. We will help safely manage any debilitating withdraw symptoms, including with the use of medication, so you can confront and overcome dependence on opioids as quickly and as pain-free as possible.