Illinois Opiate Addiction Treatment

Due to the wide availability of narcotics both on the streets and through illegally obtained prescriptions, opiate addiction is becoming widespread across the state of Illinois. Opiates are extremely powerful drugs, which are often prescribed in the form of painkillers (such as morphine and codeine). For many opiate addicts, their addiction may have started through legitimate use of these medications. Opiate abuse is prevalent among all demographics and social classes. In this state, over 1600 individuals were admitted into Illinois opiate addiction treatment last year. Although many opiate addicts in Illinois may eventually seek help, approximately 100 will die every year from overdose.

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  • Opioid addiction treatment can take place in an outpatient facility if the patient has a strong social support system, a job, and/or other responsibilities that will make their recovery stronger and make them less likely to relapse.
  • Some individuals, though, need inpatient care, especially those who are going through treatment for the first time and those with comorbid disorders.
  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, most insurance plans will pay for at least part––if not all––of one’s addiction treatment program.
  • Recovery takes a lot of work, but it is a healthier, safer, and even cheaper alternative than continued substance abuse.


  • According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the number of prescription opioid pain reliever-induced deaths in the state increased from 344 to 589 between the years of 2013 and 2015.
  • 40 percent of the Illinois overdose deaths in 2014 were associated with heroin (Office of the Senator of Illinois).
  • In Chicago specifically heroin was the “major opiate used for nonmedical purposes,” as stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Among prescription opioid abusers, hydrocodone was the most available substance for nonmedical opioid use.
  • Unfortunately, though, according to the Office of the Senator of Illinois, less than 12 percent of the Illinoisan residents who need addiction treatment actually receive it.


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