Rhode Island Opiate Addiction Treatment

In Rhode Island, opiate addiction is a major concern much like it is in the rest of the United States. Thousands of people suffer from the disease and require assistance in overcoming opiate addiction and finding their way to a new life of recovery and sobriety. Rhode Island opiate rehab can help those who are addicted learn that a pill will not solve all problems; that drugs are not the way out; and that opiate addiction is not the lifestyle that’s right for anyone.

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  • Opioid addicts who choose medication maintenance must be slowly detoxed from the drug if and when they decide to stop using it. This is because they will still be dependent on its effects, and without a tapering schedule, would experience severe withdrawal effects.
  • Stress is the number one cause of relapse back to substance abuse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Those who begin opioid addiction treatment in an inpatient rehab center usually need a period of time to become adjusted to their new schedule and surroundings.
  • Sometimes, individuals become dependent on opioids without realizing it, and when they stop taking them, they simply think their withdrawal symptoms are a bad case of the flu (National Library of Medicine).


  • According to the State of Rhode Island Department of Health, accidental prescription drug-related overdose deaths in Rhode Island decreased between 2013 and 2014 (79 and 58, respectively) and held fairly steady in 2015. However, the number of illicit drug deaths in the state, including those caused by heroin, have skyrocketed between 2011 (42) and 2015 (171).
  • A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration study in 2015 found 0.41 percent of Rhode Islanders aged 12 and older had admitted to past year heroin abuse. Unfortunately, this is higher than the national average (NIDA).
  • “50 percent of overdose deaths in 2015 involved fentanyl, up from 37 percent in 2014” (Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force).
  • Each year, more than 250 people who enter the Rhode Island Department of Corrections are on medication maintenance for a substance addiction and are either detoxed or given no tapering schedule at all.


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