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The reality is that a large number of Americans struggle with both opioid abuse and addiction—a fact that holds true for Glassboro, New Jersey, located in Gloucester County.
In 2016, 2,982 drug users from Gloucester County were admitted to substance abuse treatment programs. Of those, approximately 50% used heroin as their primary drug of choice, while 12% used other opiates.1 Meanwhile, in the town of Glassboro itself, 88 of the 170 citizens admitted to treatment programs used an opiate as their primary drug of choice.1
Once an opioid drug user has entered a treatment program, there are two important parts to their treatment: medication and behavioral treatment. There are numerous medications that can aid in the treatment of an opioid addiction. One option is methadone, which is a full opioid agonist medication that reduces the symptoms of withdrawal and minimizes cravings. Orally, the medication is used in methadone maintenance treatment and is a first step towards a sober life.2
Another medication option is buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist and works similarly to methadone by mitigating withdrawal symptoms. It may be used for either detoxification or maintenance when provided in an office-based setting by a qualified physician. The medication may be taken orally, but a long-lasting implant form is now on the market.2
Equally important in opioid addiction treatment is behavioral treatment, which helps recovering drug users understand, recognize, and resist potential situations and feelings that may trigger relapse. Therapy can take place in either an individual or group setting and it allows drug users the opportunity to learn positive life skills.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an opioid addiction, there are treatments available. Browse our directory today to find a program in or around Glassboro that suits your specific needs.
- Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. (2017). New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2016.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Opioid Addiction.
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