Increase in Opiate Abuse Leading to Drug Specific Addiction Hotlines

In the ongoing effort to address the skyrocketing rates of addiction, overdose and death as a result of the national opioid epidemic, and the resulting increase in heroin abuse rates, the Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center has a new addiction hotline dedicated to answering questions about heroin and other opiates.

The opiate hotline number is 330-454-HELP (4357) and it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a resource for anyone with questions about opiates, including those seeking help for addiction, as well as their families and friends. Counselors are able to answer questions about drug withdrawal, overdose symptoms, how to access treatment and the dangers of drug use, as well as providing resources for families and other topics. Referrals can be made to service providers for naloxone kits and education. (Naloxone is a fast-acting opioid overdose-reversal medicine.)

The Crisis Center started the hotline to address the opiate and heroin epidemic and reduce deaths. The rehab hotline is not a new idea: such hotlines have been available for many years. However, the idea behind this drug-specific hotline is to make it easier for those in need to get very targeted information addressing their specific issue.

Opiate Abuse Epidemic

“Dying to get high” has become all too literal across the American nation, with the opioid epidemic taking a huge toll on the country’s productivity and health. Opioid prescriptions have skyrocketed in the past 25 years, from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013, with the USA as the biggest consumer. Concurrently, the number of people dying from opioid overdoses has quadrupled in the past 17 years. Every day in the U.S., around 78 people die from overdose — that translates to about one person dying every 18 minutes. Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers and 94% of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to obtain.”

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives. The chronic nature of the disease means that relapsing to drug abuse is not only possible but also likely, with symptom recurrence rates similar to those for other well-characterized chronic medical illnesses—such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma that also have both physiological and behavioral components. For many people, long term inpatient drug rehab is the only viable solution, and drug rehab hotlines can help connect one with the best option. A variety of choices of treatment modalities exist, of greatly varying expense and commitment, and the choices can be overwhelming without this guidance.

How do addiction hotlines work?

Addiction hotlines work by:

Assessing the patient’s needs depending on the severity of his or her addiction;

Providing information about how treatment programs work;

Finding the “right” treatment center for the patient based on treatment needs, insurance, and other factors.

Providing guidance for family members of addicts who want to help their loved ones is where addiction hotlines can prove invaluable. When you call an addiction hotline, you are going to the right person, someone who understands the situation and the challenges. Addiction helpline staff are trained and equipped with knowledge that can help in your particular case or your loved ones’. They will understand what type of situation you are in, and they will know the treatment options best suited for the patient.

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