Iowa Opiate Addiction Treatment

Although opiate addiction is not as prevalent in the state of Iowa, it is still a growing problem, especially in urbanized areas, such as Des Moines. Opiates, also referred to as narcotics, are commonly available as prescription painkillers (primarily, morphine and coedine) and as heroin. Unfortunately, many people develop opiate addictions quite easily. Oftentimes, as a person builds tolerance, he may increase his dosage, in order to achieve the same powerful effects.

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  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 50.5 percent of people who abused prescription painkillers “got them from a friend or relative for free.” Unfortunately, this type of misuse can still lead to addiction.
  • Those who seek opioid addiction treatment should choose a program that not only takes their substance abuse-related needs into account but any additional needs, including those associated with their age, gender, culture, or ethnicity.
  • Buprenorphine or methadone may be a better choice for an individual’s maintenance treatment, depending on their specific situation and the severity of their condition.
  • After one’s treatment program is over, booster sessions can be a beneficial option for recovery because, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they help remind the former patient of their commitment to recovery and offer them much needed feedback and support.
  • Relapse may occur after one’s treatment program has ended, but it is important to never give up on recovery if it does.


  • Opioid overdose death rates fell 7.4 percent in Iowa between 2014 and 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Iowa is one of the 15 states that requires education for opioid prescribers in order to minimize the issue of prescription painkiller abuse in the state (Office of National Drug Control Policy). However, the problem of opioid abuse is far from being solved in Iowa.
  • Between 2005 and 2015, treatment admissions for heroin rose from 186 to 904, and admissions for other opioid addictions rose from 422 to a staggering 1,601 (Iowa Department of Public Health).
  • Though Iowa’s prescription drug abuse rate is lower than the national average (3.65 percent, the 13th lowest in the nation), opioid abuse is still the fastest growing form of substance abuse in the state (Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy).


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