Most people don’t realize how prevalent heroin overdose rates have become in recent years. In fact, in 2014, over 10,574 heroin overdoses were reported. The number of deaths from heroin overdose exceeds the number of deaths from automobile accidents in the US today. Unfortunately, these figures are continuing to rise.
Several factors contribute to the increase in heroin overdoses. One of the contributing factors in the prevalence of heroin is the low cost. Heroin sells on the street for a fraction of the cost of prescription opiates. Another factor in the popularity of heroin has to do with tighter government restrictions on prescription opiates. For instance, many of the popular opiates have been redesigned to be harder to crush. Also, doctors are required to conduct random “pill counts” to control abuse. These attempts by government and medical professionals have resulted in an increase in heroin sales and abuse. Unfortunately, many of the new heroin users are individuals who were legitimately taking opiates until they became unaffordable. This trend of switching from prescriptions to heroin is unprecedented and has created an epidemic of heroin overdose cases.
Getting Help for Heroin Overdose
Heroin overdose has become so widespread that drastic measures are being taken to treat these individuals outside the ER. For instance, in many states, first responders, and police officers are equipped to administer Narcan. Narcan is a nasal spray designed to provide emergency treatment for heroin or prescription opiate overdose. It is important to note that Narcan is not a substitute for medical attention. The intention of Narcan is to delay the effects of opiates until medical help arrives.
Heroin overdose can be prevented by helping users seek treatment before their addiction gets out of control. Treatment facilities offer a variety of treatment options to help heroin addicts overcome the addiction and lead a productive life. However, far too many users fear detox and rehab, thus risking the ultimate danger of overdose or death.
In some cases, intervention by family and friends is an excellent method for getting an addict into treatment. However, the individual must have a strong personal desire to succeed. No amount of detox or rehab will work unless the person makes that commitment and sticks with the treatment as long as necessary to heal.
Options in Treatment for Heroin Abuse
Each heroin treatment program offers a variety of options to help patients create a personalized program. In this way, the individual feels like he or she has an active role in their recovery. Some of the options they can choose include but are not limited to, the following:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Life Skills Training
- Nutritional Guidance
- Parenting Classes
- GED Preparation
- Music and Art Therapy
- Exercise and Fitness Classes
- Yoga, Martial Arts, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture
- Faith-Based Therapy
- Holistic Treatment Programs
- Traditional Programs
- Aftercare Services
The goal of these program options is to help the person heal mentally, physically, and spiritually for a lasting recovery. Also, in some cases, the programs offer medication such as Methadone or Buprenorphine to help with detox and withdrawal symptoms. Methadone may also be used as a maintenance drug in relapse prevention.
Although heroin overdose rates are on the rise, there is help for those individuals who have fallen victim to this addictive substance. If you would like to know more about treatment for heroin addiction, call our toll-free number now. One of our representatives is there to help you make an informed choice in treatment for yourself or a loved one.