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5 Ways NOT To Fight The Opioid Crisis


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It's no secret the U.S. has been fighting in a war on opioids for years. In 2015 alone, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death with a total of 52,404 victims.

Though many plans have been made to fight the opioid epidemic, some approaches are best left off the table.

That said, here are five ways the U.S. won't be able to combat the opioid epidemic.

  1. Abstinence-only treatment programs
    When a person becomes addicted to a substance, the substance has disrupted the regions of the brain responsible for reward, motivation, memory, and judgment. Non-medical, abstinence-only treatments aren't able to treat patients' compulsive behaviors and withdrawal symptoms. In fact, abstinence-only, non-medical treatment programs only have a success rate of 5% to 10%.

  2. Giving no alternative for pain medication
    Studies have shown that patients experiencing chronic pain suffer from less pain when treated with non-opioid treatment methods first. Yet many of these alternative pain-relieving methods may be more expensive than opioid medications.

  3. Underestimating early intervention
    Many Americans who turn to substances such as drugs and alcohol may do so for stress relief. This is often why children of alcoholics are more susceptible to alcoholism, because they see alcohol as a viable option for stress relief. Parents, schools, towns, and cities need to reach out to at-risk children not only to teach them about the dangers of addictive substances but also to teach them healthy coping mechanisms for stress.

  4. Believing that one size fits all
    Addiction is an illness. And like other patients who are sick with a disease, there's no one-size-fits-all cure. Some patients may respond well to one treatment whereas other patients may respond well to another. Close relations between the patient and doctor are necessary to customize treatment.

  5. Not seeing victims of the epidemic as people
    One of the biggest problems with the stereotypes surrounding those suffering from addiction is that those who suffer from it have chosen to do so. Whether or not it was your choice to initially use an addictive substance, addiction is never a choice and recovery isn't easy.

How effective is methadone?
Methadone treatments are the most effective treatment method for opioid and heroin addiction. In fact, methadone programs have been the most effective treatment option for over 50 years.

What's more, methadone has a success rate of 60% to 90%. To learn more about how effective is methadone and how methadone centers work, contact Sundance Methadone Treatment Center for more information today.

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