Prescription Drug Abuse and the Road to Heroin

Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend.
heroin abuse, prescription drurug treatmenway foundation, gateway alcohol and drug treatment centers, gateway alcohol and drug treatmentFollowing marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs have become the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.*

The process of becoming dependent on prescription drugs can begin easily and often, innocently. “Sometimes, people don’t finish their medication and might give it away to others who appear to need it, or the person’s children or other family members may come across it,” explains Carl Scroggins, Overdose Prevention Programs Supervisor at Gateway.

Link to Heroin
Research now shows addiction to prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Oxycontin may open the door to heroin abuse. Making the transition from one to the other is frequently a matter of economics and accessibility: The cost of prescription pills is $20 to $60, while the easier to access heroin sells for $3 to $10 a bag.

In the past five years, heroin use has increased by 75 percent** No longer a predominantly urban issue, heroin abuse has mushroomed in the Chicago suburbs, Springfield and throughout Central Illinois.

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Gateway Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Chicago Suburbs Offers Dual Diagnosis Program

Group Treatment at Gateway Aurora

Group Treatment at Gateway Aurora

To meet the unique needs of individuals struggling with addiction as well as untreated anxiety, anger or trauma-related concerns, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center in Aurora offers an Adult Co-Occurring/Dual-Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program (Co-Ed) wherein both concerns may be addressed at the same time by one collaborative team.

Research supports integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders or dual diagnosis—and decreases the odds for relapse. Through this effective treatment program, individuals with co-occurring disorders can learn not only how mental illness impacts their lives, but how to:

  • Manage their condition with a healthy lifestyle and prescribed medications.
  • Regulate their emotions using proven techniques like mindfulness.
  • Nurture healthy relationships by improving communication and coping skills.

What is a Co-Occurring Disorder/Dual Diagnosis?

Often times people abuse alcohol or drugs in an attempt to escape their distressing thoughts and painful feelings created by an underlying mental health concern. In fact, it’s more common than not for people with a substance abuse problem to also have a mental health issue, such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety. When someone has both issues it is referred to as a co-occurring disorder. For lasting recovery, it’s extremely important for people with co-occurring disorders to take the necessary measures to manage both concerns. That’s because untreated mental health problems increase the likelihood for substance relapse.

For more information about our Aurora Treatment center visit RecoverGateway.org/Aurora.

 

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