Nebraska Opiate Addiction Treatment

In Nebraska, opiate addiction has seen whole new levels causing a reason for alarm. Thousands of deaths result from unintentional drug overdose and the number of opiate related overdose deaths has been on a steady incline over the past several years. Nebraska has seen opiate related overdoses more than triple in the past ten years and a rise in prescription drug availability paired with an increase in the availability of heroin is not helping the matter any.

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  • Opioid addiction recovery takes time and patience. In fact, most people aren’t automatically cured by just attending one treatment program, and multiple options are often necessary.
  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it costs society much more when drug addicts continue using than when they seek professional help and get better. This is also true of the personal cost of substance abuse vs. the cost of treatment.
  • Family members and friends hoping to plan an intervention for an addicted loved one should always have a treatment option in mind before staging the actual intervention. This way the individual cannot say they will seek help and then not do it.
  • Most opioid addicts require medication and behavioral therapy as part of their treatment regimen.
  • When an individual is choosing an aftercare program for post-treatment life, most rehab centers will help them transition into a safe and effective option.


  • According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nebraska’s overdose death rate is actually below the national average (at 6.7 and 12.4, respectively).
  • As stated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, 54 Nebraskans fatally overdosed on opioids in 2015. Most of these individuals were in urban areas. While this number was still below the national average, the state government has since implemented many different services to treat the issue.
  • According to a 2014 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 3.63 percent of Nebraskans over the age of 12 admitted to past year nonmedical pain reliever use. This is an increase from the previous year’s study (SAMHSA).
  • Nebraska’s rate of dependence and past year opioid abuse in 2015, according to the S. Department of Health and Human Services, between 6.5 and 9.2. Unfortunately, its treatment capacity is among the lowest in the country, between 0.7 to 3.0.


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