Oklahoma Opiate Addiction Treatment

For individuals who find themselves addicted to opiates, the dream of rehabilitation may seem unattainable. As the stresses and pressure of daily life start to pile up, addicts may find it difficult to abstain from using again. Opiate addiction can be especially difficult to address, due to the wide availability of morphine, codeine and heroin on the streets. It is surprisingly easy to obtain illegally written prescriptions for narcotics, especially in larger, more urban areas.

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  • Contingency management can often be a helpful therapeutic treatment option for opioid addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, patients who submit a clean drug test are given rewards or vouchers in order to reinforce positive behaviors.
  • Opioid addiction requires professional treatment from doctors, nurses, licensed therapists, and other individuals who all have experience helping someone with a substance use disorder.
  • Those who begin methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) often need time to adjust to their dosage, and the dosage may need to be changed to better fit their needs, especially early on in treatment.
  • A recovering addict must often learn to spend time away from friends or family members who do not want the individual to quit and would just enable their addiction. This is the only way to get stronger and to be able to resist temptations in the future.
  • Opioid addicts in recovery often cannot take prescription medications for pain later in their lives, as it could lead them into a relapse.


  • Opioid-related overdose death rates decreased in Oklahoma between 2014 and 2015 by 25 percent. This is statistically significant, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the number went from 370 to 277.
  • In addition, the past year use of heroin by individuals 12 and older in the state was only 0.21 percent, according to a 2014-2015 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This was lower than the national average (NIDA).
  • However, this does not mean Oklahoma is without an opioid abuse issue. According to a map of the highest rates of past year opioid abuse and dependence per state in 2015, Oklahoma’s rate was among the highest: between 10.8 and 12.9 per 1000 persons aged 12 years and older (S. Department of Health and Human Services).
  • Unfortunately the state’s treatment capacity was only between 0.7 and 3.0 per 1,000 persons at this same time.


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