Missouri Opiate Addiction Treatment

The state of Missouri has seen increases in the number of opiate addiction cases like many other states throughout the country have seen over the past decade. The central location of the state make it a wide distribution center for heroin, prescription drugs and other substances of abuse. Particularly, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone are two major drugs of concern throughout Missouri and the DEA, though working diligently to control the use of these drugs, is losing the battle against the power of these drugs to lead to addiction and a world of consequences for the user.

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  • Opioid addiction requires professional treatment because long-term opioid abuse changes the way the brain works. The patient must relearn how to control their impulses for opioid abuse as well as beneficial coping skills they can use instead of substance abuse.
  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Research has shown that methadone maintenance is more effective when it includes individual and/or group counseling,” as treatment programs that utilize both pharmacological and therapeutic methods are usually the most successful rehab options.
  • Some people choose luxury treatment programs for their recovery from opioid addiction. These programs often provide additional comforts such as hotel-like accommodations and gourmet meals.
  • However, if you are concerned about cost, you can even find 24-hour inpatient rehab programs for free, especially if you have a low income or another issue preventing you from being able to pay for treatment (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).


  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose death rates in Missouri associated with opioid misuse and abuse dropped 2.5 percent from 2014 to 2015. However, this does not mean the state is devoid of an opioid abuse problem.
  • According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the number of heroin-involved accidental poisoning deaths increased in each of the four Missouri counties surveyed. The highest was in St. Louis County, in which the number of heroin-involved deaths rose from 88 to 106 from the previous year.
  • Missouri’s drug overdose death rate was above the national average in 2013, according to the CDC, and unfortunately, it was still higher than the national average in 2015 at 1,066 (CDC).
  • Both state and private treatment resources have been overwhelmed by opioid abusers in Missouri, according to a 2014 NIDA In addition, almost a quarter (24.4 percent) of all individuals who sought treatment for an opioid use disorder in the state were under the age of 24.


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