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Opioid Treatment in Indiana

Opioids are prescribed by members of the medical and mental health communities to help patients reduce the intensity and severity of chronic or persistent pain. Opioids are also frequently used to help patients struggling with persistent pain from chronic diseases such as cancer or post-surgical recovery. Opioids are also referred to as narcotics. While many are legal, some are man-made (or manufactured), making them illegal for use or sale. Prescription opioids are highly beneficial and effective when used as directed by a medical provider. However, they also carry a significant risk for dependency and addiction. Opioids are a class of drugs that include illicit substances such as heroin, manufactured drugs including fentanyl, and prescription pain medications like morphine, Vicodin, and oxycodone.

Opioids work within the central nervous system, meaning they impact the function of the brain, spinal cord, and other related body systems. Opioid drugs attach specific receptor sites in the brain, successfully blocking pain messages sent from the body to the brain through the nervous system. When you use opioids (whether legal or prescription), pain becomes manageable and, for some people, disappears altogether. Unfortunately, the effects of opioids are not long-lasting, and once the effects wear off the pain and discomfort return. This vicious circle of misuse leads someone who struggles with opioid dependency or addiction to use opioids in larger and more frequent doses to consistently dull pain and discomfort.

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Indiana Opioid Statistics

In 2017 more than 1800 Indiana residents lost their lives to drug-related overdose. This data points to a decades-long annual increase in overdose deaths. Representing the highest drug overdose rate yet, 2017 statistics were nearly 22% higher than 2016 and higher than the national average. In 63% of overdose cases, opioids were involved.

The Indiana State Department of Health indicates the opioid epidemic in the state has occurred in three distinct waves. Beginning in 1999, the first wave was linked to increases in the rates of prescribed opioids. The second wave started a few years later when those who now struggled with opioid addiction (to prescription drugs) could no longer access prescriptions legally. Hence, they turned to a cheaper and easier to acquire alternative, heroin. The third wave began around 2014, driven by manufactured opioids such as fentanyl.

Although fentanyl-related deaths continue to rise, the heroin epidemic remains alive and well in Indiana. In 2018, heroin was found in more than 1200 drug case submissions (compared to 680 cases linked to fentanyl). Both of these statistics represent a stark increase over just five years prior when heroin was indicated in just over 1000 cases and fentanyl in only 15.

Data from the same report indicates heroin addiction in Indiana impacts the genders differently. When examining overdose statistics for 2017, males accounted for more than 60% of overdose cases. The majority of deaths were among whites (80%) individuals between ages 30-39.

Within Indiana, rates of overdose death also vary depending on location in the state. Although urban and rural areas have seen rising rates of opioid-related death in recent years, specific rural counties such as Fayette, Wayne, and Scott have experienced notably high death rates.

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When To Get Help for Opioid Addiction

When opioids are prescribed as part of a pain management plan, they are meant to be used for a short course of treatment. Extended or long-term opioid use can quickly lead to dangerous tolerance and, eventually, addiction. When you develop a tolerance to the effects of opioid drugs, it can lead to significant physical and psychological effects. Also, if you are physically dependent on opioids and try to reduce or stop using them, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. The intensity and severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary based on various factors, including the type of drug used, the severity of your addiction, and how long you used it. Another factor includes the type of opioid used. Common opioids that lead to withdrawal symptoms when you stop using include morphine, oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, and illicit drugs like heroin.

The speed at which withdrawal symptoms occur will depend on the substance used. In some cases they can occur in as few as six hours after your last dose and last for three weeks or more. The severity and intensity of withdrawal symptoms are unique to the person. They also depend on a range of factors including how long you have been using, the severity of your addiction and whether you have tried to quit opioid abuse before and experienced relapse.

Detoxing from opioids can be dangerous and should not be attempted without the support and guidance of an Indiana opioid treatment program. Symptoms experienced during opioid withdrawal may be mild, moderate or severe. Common symptoms experienced during withdrawal may include sweating, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, agitation, sleeping difficulties, body aches and pains, and gastric disturbances.

Some people may experience severe withdrawal symptoms including irregular heartbeat, seizures, difficulties breathing and delirium tremens (DTs). These more severe symptoms experienced during opioid withdrawal make choosing a medically assisted detox program vital to your health and safety. As part of a medically supported detox program at Evolve, our skilled team of treatment professionals will support and guide you through all stages of the detox process.

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When you are ready to put opioid addiction in the past, it is essential to seek the help of a professional opioid treatment program like Evolve. Once someone develops an addiction to opioids, they will experience physical and psychological symptoms as part of your journey to sobriety and recovery. Withdrawing from opioids frequently produces dangerous and, in some cases, potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. The severity of withdrawal will vary from person to person, and not everyone will experience the most severe symptoms as a part of detox. Unfortunately, it is impossible to predict who will experience severe withdrawal and who may be at risk for acute medical emergencies as a part of detox. It is vital to seek help at a professional addiction rehab where medically supported detox is available.

Detox at an Indiana opioid treatment program ensures you will have access to vital medical care and support throughout the most challenging stages of early recovery. As a part of medically assisted detox, skilled medical and mental health professionals will help you manage withdrawal’s physical and psychological symptoms. They will monitor your vital signs and, if needed, provide medications to help reduce the severity of your most challenging withdrawal symptoms. The presence of comprehensive care and support throughout withdrawal helps make the detox process more manageable and provides the most effective opportunity for recovery.

If you, or a loved one, struggle with an addiction to opioids, whether legal or illicit, seeking treatment is essential to safely and successfully getting sober and maintaining lasting recovery. Chronic opioid addiction will lead to harmful and potentially irreversible physical and psychological harm. At Evolve, our team of caring and compassionate addiction treatment professionals will help you overcome addiction using individualized, evidence-based treatment plans designed to help you meet your treatment needs and goals.

Acknowledging a struggle with opioids and choosing to seek treatment for addiction is a difficult choice. Many people who decide to seek help overcoming opioids experience fear and anxiety about going to rehab. At our opioid treatment program in Indiana, you will receive the help you need to get sober and learn vital skills necessary to manage relapse triggers after recovery ends. At our Indiana rehab, we offer a full range of evidence-based addiction treatment models to help you achieve your treatment goals. Our caring and compassionate team are here to support you on every step of your recovery journey.

If you, or a loved one, are ready to begin your sobriety journey, contact us today to learn more about how treatment programs at our Indiana opioid treatment center can help you put addiction in the past. The team at Evolve can help you take the first steps on your journey to lasting sobriety. The path to sobriety from opioid addiction can be challenging. Let the team at Evolve help you start over free from the shadow of opioid addiction.

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