Most people don’t know how addictive prescription medication can be, and most people have no idea what they are getting into when they start taking these substances.  Perhaps the worst of these effects is that prescription for opioid use and abuse eventually lead people to use and abuse heroin instead.  Heroin is cheaper, just as strong, and is often easier to find that prescription pills are.  Truthfully, in the United States today a lot of people’s heroin addictions starts from prescription pills, legal drugs that were prescribed to supposedly help them with medical problems!

Prescription pain medications, (opioids essentially), are used to treat patients dealing with pain of one degree or another.  According to professionals on the matter, about 20 years ago there was a push to prescribe more opioids for pain treatment because drug companies were beginning to strike it rich on the manufacture and sale of prescription opioid pain relievers which they knew were addictive.

A crisis is occurring in the nation today and this is the crisis of the sheer number of patients becoming addicted and overdosing from opioids or heroin.  It’s in the millions now.  The sheer numbers that we are talking here are that for every four people exposed to opioids, one is going to develop some sort of addiction to them.  This is truly not okay because doctors usually do not tell their patients that they have a twenty-five percent chance of becoming addicted to those prescription drugs. It’s a high number, about twenty-five percent, no less than that.

Harsh Heroin Statistics

Doctors say that, while this area of medicine is complex, there certainly are options for treating chronic pain other than with addictive opioids.  However, not many programs have been pursued in this area simply because there is so much opiate abuse already going on in the nation and there is so much money to be made in prescribing these substances to people and getting them hooked on them.  For some statistics on the matter:

• The American Society of Addiction Medicine, (ASAM), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), reported that in 2015, approximately 586,000 Americans of the age of 12 and older struggled with a substance use disorder involving heroin.  Furthermore, almost a quarter of people who abuse heroin will become addicted to it. It is highly addictive, quite contagious, and quite deadly indeed.

• Heroin abuse and addiction have risen in all populations and in all demographic groups in the United States over the past few years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), states.  Without a doubt, this is to a degree the result of increased prescription drug abuse too.

How to Resolve the Heroin Abuse and Prescription Drug Abuse Problem in the Nation

Thankfully, in spite of how bad opiate use and abuse is in the United States today, there does still exist a way to beat the problem once and for all.  For those addicted, this lies in going through an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehab program, and recovery organization.  When this is done and when this is done effectively then the problem can be eradicated permanently.

There are two key factors that can be accomplished at an inpatient rehab program that serve to its efficacy.  These are:

• Inpatient detoxification.  There is no way that one can hope to beat the chemical dependence that one accrues to opiates if one does not pursue a chemical and medical detoxification of some sort.  This is where inpatient detoxification comes into play, which is almost always offered at inpatient rehab centers.  True enough, detoxification is the perfect remedy for getting off go opiates because it allows the person to wean down off of his or her drug of choice and enables him or her to utilize medical and holistic means both to effectively pull the drug chemicals out of one’s body.

• The next step is with inpatient rehabilitation itself.  This is the step that is used to handle and address mental and psychological addiction which accounts for seventy to eighty percent of the addiction problem.  With these techniques and methods, one can address all of the mental and underlying issues that contribute to alcohol abuse and addiction in one way or another.

Sure enough, the ridiculous back and forth trap that is exemplified by heroin and prescription drug abuse is a very real and saddening threat, but it is just that, a threat.  There does exist a way to get out of the trap, and if enough people seek out to beat addiction in this way then the issue will fall by the wayside.

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