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Opioid Dependence: a growing, but treatable problem.

Everyone is different… so why should treatment plans be the same? Our medical professionals help people with opioid dependence, and our program is designed to meet the needs of you and your support network. Opioid dependence can be treated through a combination of support and/or counseling and treatment medication. Even though these two types of treatment can be used separately, maintenance medication, in combination with support and/or counseling, is critical to preventing relapse. And understand relapse is common and not a failure. We are here to build the program that you feel is most helpful to your recovery.


How common is opioid dependence?

Over 15 million people around the world have opioid dependence. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 5.1 million people in the United States are currently misusing prescription opioids, that is taking opioids more often or in higher quantities than prescribed or using opioids for non-medical, recreational purposes, which leaves them at risk to become dependent on opioids. Currently, 2 million people in the United States have opioid dependence.

What is opioid dependence?

Opioid dependence is a chronic relapsing disorder like diabetes or high blood pressure, and can develop as a result of either legitimate use or misuse of opioids. Frequent opioid use physically changes the brain, so that the brain starts to think that it needs opioids to function normally. That is why people with opioid dependence experience cravings and symptoms of withdrawal when the effects of opioids begin to wear off.


Like other chronic disorders:

  • There is no known cure for opioid dependence
  • Some people are more likely to develop dependence than others
  • Relapse is common and may be successfully addressed with the right treatment plan, which may include a combination of support and/or counseling and medication
  • With the right treatment plan, you can still live a healthy, productive life