Addiction is crippling and affects everyone who is involved in the addict’s life. It often starts out slowly and progresses to a point that is out of control. This is why many abusers are in denial about their use, because it happens so gradually it can be hard to notice that it escalated so severely. Opioid addiction can often occur when someone sustains an injury and has to start taking pain medication. They can develop a dependency over time.
Is opioid addiction a disorder?
Opioid use disorder is a disorder characterized by extreme physical or mental dependence on opioids. Opioids are a class of drugs often used to relieve intense or chronic pain. Similar to other substance use disorders, opioid use disorders do not discriminate by gender, age, ethnicity, etc. They can entirely take over a person’s life and have fatal consequences. At the very least, they can greatly impact one’s relationships, social life, and career. If you or someone you love are struggling with opioid addiction, it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
What percentage of opioid users become addicted?
Opioids are an ingredient in many pain-relieving medications. Since they are controlled substances, drug traffickers also sell them illegally. Opioids, both illegal and prescribed, have caused a surge of deaths in the United States in the past two decades.
- Every day, approximately 130 Americans lose their life from an opioid overdose.
- From 1999 to 2017, 399,230 Americans lost their lives to opioids.
- In 2017, 47,600 fatal overdoses occurred in America which involved at least one opioid.
- In 2017, doctors issued 191,218,272 opioid prescriptions, a slight decline from the 200,000,000 opioid prescriptions which they issued every year from 2006 to 2016.
- Since 2000, the sale of opioid painkillers has skyrocketed by 300%.
- About 20% to 30% of people who take prescription opioids misuse them.
- 2 million Americans misused prescription opioids for the first time in 2017.
- About 10% of people who misuse prescription opioids become addicted to opioids.
- Approximately 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder.
Where can I seek treatment for my opioid addiction?
Addiction treatment is effective and recovery is possible, however, addiction treatment is not a quick fix. The true nature of addiction treatment is long term and relapse is common. In fact, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to relapse rates for treating chronic conditions such as type 1 diabetes, hypertension and asthma. Addiction treatment does not always involve going to a residential facility. Residential treatment may not be the appropriate treatment choice, or there may be specific criteria that not everyone would meet. Some facilities, for example, do not allow pharmacological treatment such as methadone. Wait list times may be burdensome, and people may be forced to consider private residential treatment, which is very expensive. Treatment usually involves changes beyond addressing the substance use, and can be undertaken while the person is working or going to school. A person can seek treatment at any time and does not necessarily have to “hit rock bottom” first. In fact, the earlier a person seeks treatment, the better the outcome.
If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, don’t lose hope. We are here to help! At Restoration Recovery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we have addiction experts to help you restore your lives to their former glory. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!