Opiates are a type of naturally derived and highly addictive opioid narcotic, including commonly abused chemical substances like heroin, morphine and codeine. Prescription opiates are used to reduce anxiety and suppress pain, and illicit opiates are used recreationally for the euphoric effects they produce in high doses. Heroin is one of the most commonly abused opiates throughout the United States, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in the year 2017 alone there were roughly 652,000 men and women who suffered at the hands of a heroin abuse disorder. During the same year a reported 47,000 Americans died at the hands of an opioid-related overdose – in 2018, it was estimated that roughly 128 men and women lost their lives to opioid overdose on a daily basis. Heroin is not the only opiate responsible for these untimely and tragic deaths. Roughly 1.7 million American adults suffered from a prescription opiate abuse disorder in 2017. Around 80 percent of all individuals who struggle with heroin addiction began by abusing a prescription opiate like codeine or morphine, and it is estimated that between 4 and 6 percent of all men and women who are prescribed a narcotic pain reliever by a medical professional will eventually transition to heroin.
If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of an opiate abuse disorder, recovery is possible – no matter how severe the addiction or its related consequences have become. At CuraSouth we are dedicated to helping our clients take the initial step on a lifelong journey of opiate addiction recovery.