Connecticut Opiate Addiction Treatment
An opiate is an addictive chemical, created from the poppy plant, that induces a relaxed, euphoric state when ingested, smoked, or administered intravenously. Heroin, already one of the most dangerous of the abused substances, is the most widely used opiate in America. Controlled substances like codeine and morphine also fall into this category and although legal, are by no means non-addictive or non-dangerous.
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CT TREATMENT FACTS
- Opioid addiction treatment can occur in an inpatient or an outpatient facility. In fact, many individuals choose to begin their recoveries in an inpatient program and then attend outpatient care afterward.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment should last at least 90 days in order to be effective, but those who choose methadone maintenance should expect to be in treatment for at least a year or more.
- Different individuals have different needs for treatment, especially those in specific categories like women, adolescents, individuals with comorbid disorders, and pregnant individuals.
- A person can be dependent on opioids without being addicted to them, as stated by the NIDA, but if someone is addicted to these drugs, they are likely dependent on them as well and will possibly require detox treatment.
Connecticut TREATMENT STATS
- As stated by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, “The Connecticut age-adjusted rate for drug induced mortality is 16.4 per 100,000 population compared to the nation[al] rate of 14.6 percent.” This issue includes the abuse of opioid-based drugs, which is a serious problem in Connecticut.
- According to the Office of the Governor, the state has seen an increase in accidental deaths associated with drugs, and more often than not, opioids. The rate of these deaths increased from 355 to 558 to 723 in the years 2012, 2014, and 2015, respectively.
- The amount of drug overdose deaths in the state rose 10 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Past year heroin use in the state was, unfortunately, also higher than the national average in 2015, at 0.87 percent and 0.30 percent, respectively, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the NIDA.
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