While we have seen a steady increase in opiate use over the last decade, this addiction is not new nor are its negative effects to the individuals that abuse them. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others. These drugs interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain (NIDA).
We know that opiate addiction, including heroin, cuts across all classifications and age groups, and affects individuals and families at all levels. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, of the 21.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
Life for an opiate or heroin user can become a daily struggle between doing what they know is right and trying to avoid the agony of withdrawal symptoms.
Meridian HealthCare brings the experience and resources gathered through many decades to bear on treating both opiate and heroin addiction. In some cases, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), accompanied by intensive counseling, has enabled thousands to beat their addiction and go on to lead healthy and productive lives.
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