The Battle Against Opioid Addiction in Florida

January 8, 2019 1:00 pm Published by

You’ve read headlines about the opioid crisis facing the state of Florida and the nation. Did you know that Florida is dealing with some of the highest opioid overdose rates in the country?

The Sunshine State spent more than one billion dollars treating opioid-related issues in 2018. That’s why Florida’s leadership is increasing funding and access to programs for treatment. With the help of treatment centers across the state, they’re making these programs more readily available for a public in desperate need.

What Are Opioids?

The term “opioid” can apply to a number of drugs both illicit and legal (with a prescription). They might be derived from poppy plants or created in a lab.

Heroin is probably the most commonly known illicit opioid, but many users start by using or abusing prescription painkillers like oxycodone. The proliferation of pain pill prescriptions in recent years has certainly played a role in the opioid addiction crisis.

Fentanyl is another opioid you may have seen in headlines as it’s extremely potent and has led to numerous overdose deaths. Users might not be aware of its dangers or that they’re even taking it as it’s sometimes mixed with other drugs.

Signs You Might Be Addicted to Opioids

Your body can develop tolerance and dependence on opioids quickly. Delaying a dose so you can experience a stronger rush later is one sign you might have a problem. Other signs of opioid addiction may include:

  • Severe mood
  • Difficulty making it between doses
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • How Florida is Treating Opioid Addiction

One of the difficulties in quitting opioids is the pain and discomfort of withdrawals. However, there are some medications that can help you work through this process including naltrexone, methadone and buprenorphine.

Agencies across Florida are working to increase accessibility to treatment that includes these medications as they have proven to be beneficial for many in recovery. As the state and treatment centers provide medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment, they have seen improved success rates. Conversely, on a national scale, less than half of treatment programs offer medication-assisted treatment due to barriers including restricted access and issues with insurance coverage.

Holistic Opioid Addiction Treatment in Florida

Are you struggling with an addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers? You don’t have to face this alone.

At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we provide traditional, evidence-based treatment for opioid addiction. Our specialists will work with you to help heal your mind, body and spirit with a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

If you have questions about insurance coverage, our admissions team will be happy to help. Call today for a confidential conversation with our professional and compassionate staff.

Call Footprints Beachside Recovery at 877-954-3908 today.