Opioid addiction has been topical in the last few years. Specifically, recent U.S. estimates suggest that more than 1 million people abuse heroin on a regular basis. Moreover, about 2 million people abuse prescription opioids each year. Hence, leading to countless overdose deaths. At the same time, opioid dependence has become the number one health crisis in the United States.
Like many parts of the United States, Florida is one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. In the same way, heroin and prescription opioid use and overdose are prevalent in all areas of the state. Despite recent double-digit declines in opioid prescription distribution, nearly 5,000 people still died in 2016 from an opioid overdose. This disappointing high mortality rate emphasizes the continued need for Evidence-based Treatment (EBT), and successful drug rehabilitation programs in Florida.
Opioid addiction is defined as persistent compulsive drug-seeking behavior, despite significant negative consequences.
Safe Haven Recovery combines traditional, evidence-based treatment (EBT) with a medical approach. For example, all clients receive a comprehensive health and physical exam. Subsequently, the client's treatment plan is developed. Furthermore, opioid addiction treatment may include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). MAT programs are a growing addiction recovery tool because studies have proven them to be effective.
Several types of psychotherapy and counseling can be effective in treating opioid addiction. Additionally, addiction affects many parts of a person’s life and treatment should also address those same areas. Also, people who are addicted to opioids often suffer from physical pain. In particular, pain can be difficult to manage emotionally as well as physically. Thus, approaches that deal with navigating pain management despite pain can be very helpful.
We find these two approaches work well in treating opioid addiction.