The opioid crisis in the United States has been a recurring subject in news reports and a focal point of political campaigns. While most people are generally aware of the epidemic, many may not fully understand what is meant by the phrase “opioid addiction.”

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), opioids are a class of drugs that include both illicit substances like heroin and legal prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, fentanyl, and codeine. While opioids have legitimate purposes in treating pain, because they often act by producing a feeling of euphoria in the user, they can be highly addictive.

In 2015, approximately two million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription opioid drugs and more than half a million had a substance use disorder involving heroin. Four percent of prescribed opioid users become addicted to the drug they are prescribed and an unknown number may continue to use and become addicted to similar prescription drugs. In addition, nearly a quarter of heroin users will develop an opioid addiction.

Addiction is a progressive disease and it will get worse if it goes untreated.

The Asana Recovery Center offers a detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those suffering from any stage of substance addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our facilities and find out whether our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program may be right for you.