Over the last decade, the demographics of opiate addiction has changed. Now, with the findings of a new study being released, the treatment for this new group of people is changing, too.
Many young people have become addicted to prescription drugs in the last 15 years. During that time, the people who received treatment often received some form of inpatient care. According to traditional addiction treatment wisdom, inpatient treatment has been the best choice for opiate addiction.
But a new study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal government addiction research institute, shows that there may be a new way to treat addiction for this new group of addicts.
Of the 70 prescription opiate addicts participating in the study, 50% were 25 years old or younger. By the end of the study, 50% of patients in one study group were off drugs.
The study showed that a carefully controlled buprenorphine detox followed by naltrexone maintenance therapy could be successfully combined with outpatient therapy to keep people clean.
The author of the study, Dr. Stacey Sigmon, stated that outpatient therapy may be effective for younger opiate users because they have, “greater psychosocial stability than past generations of primary heroin abusers.”
The three-step detox approach is carefully designed to manage multiple challenges in treating opiate addiction:
While the medications used are important to the success of this technique, Dr. Sigmon also emphasized the importance of behavioral therapy. Designed to help patients learn relapse prevention strategies, behavioral therapy can also enable them to address other emotional needs that may underlie their addiction.
Before anyone announces a new cure for opiate addiction, there were some drawbacks to the study. Participants in the study were 94% white, 69% male, and had been using drugs for on average five years. This is hardly representative of all drug users.
If you or a loved one struggle with prescription opiate addiction, there are a number of treatment options that can make a difference. Banyan Treatment Center offers the latest in evidence-based treatment for opiate detox and rehab. The addiction experts at Banyan Treatment Center will craft an individualized treatment plan for you. Make the call to Banyan Treatment Center today to get the best in today’s addiction treatment.