The opioid epidemic in the United States has affected literally millions of lives over the years. The statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services make this unfortunate fact perfectly clear. Here are just a few of those startling numbers:
- More than 760,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three—that is, two-thirds—of drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. Every one of those deaths was mourned by friends and family, adding to the devastating toll of the crisis.
- In 2018, an estimated 10.3 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year. Specifically, 9.9 million people misused prescription pain relievers, and 808,000 people used heroin. The misuse of prescribed medication has been particularly alarming.
- Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30 percent in all parts of the United States from July 2016 through September 2017. That increase of one-third across the country reveals that the problem is not limited to one geographical area or a single demographic of people.
Again, those are staggering numbers. But if you or a loved one needs treatment for a substance use disorder involving opioids, the world of big numbers suddenly shrinks to a much smaller number: one person who needs to get help right away.
Peak View Behavioral Health Can Help You Overcome Opioids
At Peak View Behavioral Health, we have the expertise necessary to help you overcome addiction to a wide array of substances—including opioids. We are committed to an evidence-based approach to treatment that is always supportive and never judgmental. We focus on treating the whole person while always remembering that treatment for substance use disorders is different for each individual. By completing a comprehensive assessment for every person we treat, we are able to personalize treatment and ensure that you feel heard as you move through detox, rehab, and into your recovery journey.
- Medically monitored detoxification
- Dual diagnosis (co-occurring) treatment plans to address mental health issues
- Intensive outpatient programming for both adolescents and adults
- Relapse prevention strategies and a continuum of care after treatment
- Discharge planning to ease the transition from treatment to day-to-day life
When the addiction for which you are seeking treatment involves opioids, we turn to the resources and strategies of the Hazelden Betty Ford COR-12 Program for Opioid Dependence. Let’s take a closer look at that program.
What is the Hazelden Betty Ford COR-12 Program for Opioid Dependence?
In 2015, in recognition of the nation’s emerging opioid addiction crisis—including an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths —clinicians at Hazelden Betty Ford developed the Comprehensive Opioid Response with the Twelve Steps (COR-12®) program, a medication-assisted adjunct to our evidence-based Twelve Step treatment programs.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), like the COR-12 program, has been shown to increase the likelihood of sustained sobriety, in no small part because MAT improves treatment rates of retention and, crucially, overall survival rates.
To get a sense of how medication-assisted treatment works, let’s look at a specific example. Suboxone is a medication that can be of great benefit to someone struggling with an addiction to opioids.
Suboxone works by binding itself to the brain receptors that are affected by opiates (like oxycodone, heroin, and morphine) and lessening the impact of those drugs on the brain. Suboxone can also reduce the cravings a person in recovery experiences—a key factor for preventing relapse.
The Hazelden Betty Ford COR-12 Program for Opioid Dependence is a proven model for the successful treatment of substance use disorders related to opioids and one we are proud to offer those who come to Peak View Behavioral Health for help with addiction.
Opioid Addiction Is Just One of Peak View’s Priorities
At Peak View Behavioral Health, we can help with mental health disorders (like depression, anxiety, and more), substance use disorders, or a combination of both. We offer services for adolescents and adults—all of them personalized, compassionate, and grounded in evidence-based best practices. In one sense, we have a number of priorities related to supporting overall wellness and freedom from substance use for everyone we treat. But in another sense, when it comes to your treatment, we have only one priority—and that priority is you.