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Why Don't More People Know About Medicinal Treatment For Heroin Addiction?

5/16/18

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According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, up to 20.5 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder in 2015. Of those 20.5 million, as many as 591,000 people were suffering from heroin use disorder.

The rate at which those suffering from substance use disorder have been dying from accidental overdose has caused substance abuse in the U.S. to be classified as an epidemic.

The good news is there's available treatment for heroin addiction and opiate addiction in the form of methadone treatments. But if there's treatment for heroin addiction available, why don't more people know about it? As it turns out, there are a number of reasons including the following:

  1. Lack of information
    One of the top reasons many Americans don't seek treatments for heroin addiction is because they don't know there are medication-based treatments for opioid addiction available. And, if they do know it's available, they're unsure where to go for treatment.

  2. Opiate treatment controversy
    Methadone was developed as a treatment for heroin addiction in the 1960s by Dr. Vincent Dole of Rockefeller University. Methadone was being used to treat 25,000 people in New York City by 1971. However, in 1973, Dole's methadone clinics became strictly controlled by government agencies. The claims against the clinics were that the program was trading one addiction for another, which isn't true. The methadone used in the programs are monitored by medical professionals and are capable of blocking both withdrawal symptoms and the euphoric effects of the addictive substance.

  3. Misinformation about recovery
    Finally, misinformation is another reason why those suffering from substance use disorder may not seek out treatment. Abstinence-based treatment for opioid addiction is widely known, but it's also ineffective. Without medicinal treatment, those in abstinence-only rehab programs have a mere success rate of 5% to 10%. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease that isn't capable of being effectively treated without proper medication from medical professionals.

Methadone is a viable treatment for heroin addiction with a success rate of 60% to 90%. If you or a loved one are suffering from heroin use disorder, a methadone treatment program may be in your best interest. To learn more about methadone treatments and how they work, contact Sundance Methadone Treatment Center today for more information.


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