Americans have abused opioids for decades, however, the level of abuse that is currently taking place in the country has reached epidemic proportions and has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in recent years. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an opioid epidemic in America, which was followed up in 2017 by the Department of Health and Human Services who declared a national public emergency related to the opioid crisis. Today, approximately 130 people die each day as a result of an opioid overdose.
Addiction is not a choice, rather it is a deadly disease if left untreated. Of the near 3 million people addicted to opioids in the United States, more than half of them have not received the appropriate treatment for their opioid addiction. Whether they have made attempts to get sober but were unsuccessful or have ignored the need for help, these individuals continue to live a life of several uncertainties every single day—most notably, the uncertainty of surviving their next hit.
Today, opioids are nothing like what they used to be prior to Big Pharma’s introduction of OxyContin and other related opioid-based painkillers into the medical field. Now, not only are people continuously being prescribed habit-forming drugs, but they are also turning to the abuse of heroin because it is cheaper and produces the same high.
An added danger to today’s opioid crisis is the uncertainty of the purity of an opioid. Thousands of people have died due to consuming an opioid of their choosing that was laced with fentanyl, another opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Tampering with drugs is nothing new, however, the sheer strength and potency of the opioids being abused today is fueling continued abuse and overdose rates.
Drug overdoses, especially those where opioids are involved, take the number one spot for accidental deaths in the country, far surpassing car accidents, falls, and drownings. Luckily, there are specific resources available to those addicted to opioids so that the cycle of abuse can stop before it is too late. One of these resources is medication-assisted treatment.
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a leading treatment modality for those addicted to opioids like heroin, codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. For decades, medication-assisted treatment has saved countless lives by helping people stop their active opioid addiction and gain solid footing in recovery.
This type of opioid addiction treatment combines the use of an opioid-based prescription medication with a full course of therapeutic care. For example, someone who is participating in medication-assisted treatment may be admitted into an inpatient treatment program where he or she will participate in several different therapy sessions while taking methadone. Studies have proven that this type of treatment provides the following benefits:
- Decreases risk for relapse
- Increases continued participation in treatment services
- Increases clients’ likelihood of getting and maintaining a job
- Minimizes continued drug abuse and criminal activity
- Improves birth outcomes for women who are expecting
One of the most significant benefits of medication-assisted treatment is that it decreases the presence of withdrawal symptoms, as well as the severity of them. This is because the medications used, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone, either fully or partially interact with the opioid receptors in the brain, but without causing the client to get high. This results in the decrease of withdrawal symptoms because the brain and body are essentially tricked into thinking that opioids are still being abused when in all actuality, they are not.
Even though medication-assisted treatment saves lives and is readily available, many people still struggle with the idea of taking one opioid in place of the other. It is a common misconception that medication-assisted treatment is ineffective because those who participate in it are continuing to use an opioid-based substance. However, these opioids are much less potent and when used as directed by a professional, can help change the course of a client’s life for the better.
Medication-Assisted Treatment in Melbourne
At JourneyPure, our medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne offers clients the same benefits as those listed above, as well as many more. Our medication-assisted treatment program is carefully crafted to provide all clients with a healthy balance of both medication and therapy. When you enter medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne, your course of care will be based on your specific needs. This includes determining which medication is best for you, as well as what therapies can help you achieve your recovery goals.
As mentioned before, medication-assisted treatment can and does save lives. At JourneyPure, we value the several different benefits that MAT can provide for our clients. If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne can help you have a comfortable detox experience, maintain physical and psychological stability during your treatment, and help you remain focused on your treatment plan rather than be distracted by continuous withdrawal symptoms and associated issues.
All medications used at medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne are FDA approved, while all therapies offered are evidence-based, meaning that they have been proven to work. When these FDA approved medications and evidence-based therapies are combined, the success our clients can have is limitless.
Get Help Right Now at JourneyPure Melbourne
At JourneyPure, we are no stranger to the devastating effects that the opioid crisis has had on people of all ages and backgrounds. We are more than aware of just how consuming an active opioid addiction is and we are prepared to help provide only the most effective treatment options for those who are ready to part ways with the abuse of opioids.
If you are addicted to opioids, you know that getting sober on your own is not easy. Medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne makes it so you do not have to go it alone. With the support of our professional and compassionate team and the implementation of a treatment modality known to affect positive change, we are confident that you can make the changes needed to live happy and healthy.
Do not wait one more day. Call us right now to learn more about our medication-assisted treatment in Melbourne. We can help you.