Drug overdoses are currently the number one accidental cause of death in the United States, with approximately 130 people dying each day because of opioid abuse. Unintentional injuries, which includes opioid overdoses, are the third most common cause of death in the country.
If these numbers tell us anything, it is that opioid abuse is deadly. The disease of addiction requires professional treatment just as any other disease or health condition does, however when trapped in the cycle of opioid abuse, getting help can be the last thing that a user is thinking about.
Unfortunately, time is never on the side of someone who is experiencing opioid addiction and dependency.
Of the near 3 million people in the country who are active in their opioid addiction, not nearly enough are getting the help they need in order to stop, despite addiction treatment centers and services being located in all 50 states.
Despite the continual increase in awareness about addiction as a disease, the public struggles to view or treat someone with an opioid addiction as a person unworthy of dignity, respect, or even the help that they so need. This is why some opioid users steer clear from admitting they have a problem and asking for help.
However, it is vital to understand that continuing to abuse opioids of any kind can and usually does lead to death. Attempting to stop using on one’s own can prove to be near impossible and feeling disgraced in unsuccessful attempts in doing so can only fuel more abuse. Those who are addicted to opioids like heroin, Percocet, or fentanyl do not have to go it alone, nor do they need to pay the ultimate price for their addiction. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can help.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Designed to treat opioid addiction, Medication-assisted treatment has saved the lives of those who were once dependent on opioids. Today, it continues to be considered the most viable and effective treatment approach for clients looking to recover from opioid addiction.
Despite the popular misconception that this form of treatment only replaces one opioid with another, medication-assisted treatment is regularly referred to as the “gold standard” of opioid addiction treatment because of the several important benefits that it brings into the lives of those who are struggling to end their opioid abuse for good.
When a client begins medication-assisted treatment, he or she will immediately begin to benefit from its effectiveness in decreasing overwhelming cravings for continued opioid use and intense withdrawal symptoms. This is because the medications used in this form of treatment, such as