The opioid epidemic is the most significant public health and public safety crisis facing Illinois. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The opioid crisis affects everyone in the state in some way. Its victims are of all ages, races, and walks of life. Drug overdoses have now become the leading cause of death nationwide for people under the age of 50. In Illinois, opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11,000 people since 2008. In Illinois last year, nearly 2,000 people died of overdoses—almost twice the number of fatal car accidents. Beyond these deaths are thousands of emergency department visits, hospital stays, as well as the pain suffered by individuals, families, and communities.
Can drug addiction be treated?
Yes, but it’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives. Due to the symptoms of withdrawal and the psychological grip heroin has on its users, a professional treatment center usually offers the best chances of a successful recovery. Medical management is important in helping wean individuals off opioids by helping to reduce cravings and prevent future use.
Macoupin County Medically Assisted Opiate Recovery Program
The substance abuse recovery program at Maple Street Clinic has been successful in treating many individuals that suffer from opioid addiction. Our services include:
- Medical Stabilization
- Medically Assisted Recovery
- Outpatient Treatment Program
- Individual Treatment Plan
- Individual Therapy Sessions
- Group Psycho-education Classes
- Group Psychotherapy Sessions
- Medical and Dental Services
- Counselor Services
- Family support groups
Our clinical staff includes a team of experts in the field of opioid recovery. Components of treatment include:
- Scientific, medically assisted, clinically proven approach
- Best Practice Model (not a 12-step approach)
- Integrated Medical and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approach
- Coping and disease management, including impulse control
- Treating the underlying issues (including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, ADHD, and others)
Article by: Macoupin County Health Department