The Dangers of Opioids
Opioids are substances that are primarily used for pain relief due to their morphine-like effects. Opioids range from legal prescription painkillers such as oxycodone to illegal drugs such as heroin. While it’s possible to take painkillers without an abuse problem, opioids have become notorious for their high addiction rates. Since painkillers are often prescribed by medical professionals, it can be difficult for some users to realize that they have a substance abuse problem. However, just like with any other drug, painkillers can cause physical and emotional dependence that worsens your quality of life.
In 2015, 10 percent of all Americans suffering from a substance use disorder abused prescription pain relievers. Of all lethal drug overdoses that year, almost 40 percent were caused by prescription pain relievers and 25 percent were related to heroin. While many people do not closely associate painkillers and heroin, they are both a type of opioid with astonishingly similar effects on the brain and body. In fact, four in every five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.
How Twin Town Can Help
Opioid abuse occurs on a spectrum, and each person’s needs are unique. If you or someone you know is ready to discuss treatment, Twin Town Treatment Centers is here to help you. Here at Twin Town, we encourage the patient to develop helpful and trusting relationships while practicing new ideas and behaviors which promote sobriety. The inability to access the drug is a big first step toward recovery, but group addiction counseling and comprehensive continuing care programs are an essential part of guaranteeing lifelong success. Our treatment helps participants understand the biological and psychological underpinnings of the disease, which helps promote long-term sobriety and a healthy lifestyle.