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An addiction to opiates has become a fairly widespread issue in the
world. Here in the United States, about 3 million people are currently
addicted to opiates. Despite the fact that laws are currently in place to
help combat this addiction, individuals are still falling victim to this
There have been many advances in addiction therapy that have helped
in treating opiate addiction. A combination of medication and
psychological therapy has been shown to help individuals as they
enter opiate addiction treatment.
Many different drugs contain opiates. Heroin and prescription painkillers
happen to be the most used version of opiates.
Opiates are very addictive and can be dangerous. When opiates are
prescribed to pain patients, there is potential for abuse to occur and
individuals can quickly develop a tolerance to it. This can turn into an
addiction very fast.
Signs of opiate addiction:
• Using opiates despite knowing the risks and consequences of abuse.
• Failed attempts at cutting down or stopping use of opiates.
• Increasing the amount of opiates taken
Because each individual is different, there is no set rules for those
entering opiate addiction treatment. Some individuals are able to
comfortably go through natural detox. Others may need extensive
• Methadone maintenance
This type of treatment has been
successful in treating heroin
addiction, and is always a first choice
treatment for many addicts. When
taken as prescribed, methadone does
not produce a sedated or intoxicating
symptom. The user is able to take
this medication without their daily
lives being interrupted.
Types of opiate addiction treatment:
This treatment is fairly new, but is
very effective. This medication
contains buprenorphine and
naloxone and are time released.
Time release proves effective, as
it can reduce cravings that an
individual may have for opiates.
• Behavioral therapy
The combination of behavioral therapy
and medication has been shown to
be most effective in opiate addiction
treatment. Behavioral therapy
includes both inpatient and
outpatient treatments, which
combine group sessions and one-on-
one counseling sessions.
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