The opioid epidemic has been one of the biggest contributors to this rise in drug overdose deaths. In 2016 alone, more than 60% of all drug overdose deaths were related to opioids. To put this into perspective, there were 183 million prescriptions written for opioids that year – enough for every adult American to have their own bottle of pills. This is an alarming statistic because it shows how widespread opioid addiction has become across the country and how easy it is for people.
Treatment for substance abuse is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people recover from the physical and mental effects of addiction. The goal of therapy is to help people change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors relating to their drug of choice.