Reducing Relapse Rates Among Opiate Users

On Oct. 3, 2014, the CDC released a new data survey. This data revealed that the national statistics for deaths due to opiate overdoses quadrupled (1999-2010) while deaths due to heroin doubled (2010-2012). The data came from 28 states revealing:

The number of persons using OPR nonmedically on a frequent basis also has grown (6). From 2002–2004 to 2008–2010, past year heroin use increased among persons reporting frequent nonmedical use of OPR, from 62.0 to 94.7 per 1,000. Moreover, the only increases in past year heroin use were observed among persons who reported past year nonmedical use of OPR…

Some in the government’s health agencies believe the increase in heroin use and overdoses can be attributed to the cost and diminished accessibility of opiates on the street. Data indicates that non-prescription pain medication users are at greatest risk for using heroin. The greatest increase of heroin use was found between two demographics: the 26 to 34 years and 50 years and older age groups. Males in both demographics were found to be at greatest risk. (JAMA, Sept. 2012, Vol. 172, No. 16)

In 2007, Florida led the nation with doctors who prescribed opiates: 98 of the nation’s top 100 prescribing doctors. Because of the national outcry, Florida enacting stricter regulatory laws controlling pain clinics and the dispensation of painkillers. Between 2003 and 2012 Florida has seen heroin use rise and fall but since 2012, Florida’s statistics indicates that heroin use is on the rise again.

Addiction Treatment is Only Part of the Answer

A study published in The Irish Medical Journal, (Smyth, B.P. et. al., June 2010) found that of the 109 opiate dependent patients admitted to residential addiction treatment services, 99 reported a relapse. Of that number, 64 relapsed within one week of detox. Those patients who stayed for the 6-week program had delayed relapse outcomes. The study called for increasing compliance in treatment, as well as “planned aftercare.”

Therein lies the rub! We know treatment followed by quality aftercare improves outcomes. However, we also know that quality aftercare programs are seriously lacking. Studies have indicated time and again that a solid, secure, consistent support system can make the difference between a relapse immediately following treatment and a delayed relapse or even better no relapse.

Quality Aftercare Programs Make the Difference

Recovery Passport offers Providers and clients with tools to increase the longevity of recovery and to manage that recovery. This is made possible by our cloud-based programs.

For clients, Recovery Passport provides a peer-to-peer network as well as recovery management tools that can reveal progress. That means clients can see for themselves if they are on that slippery slope leading to relapse. Gaming technologies, interactive social tools, journaling tools and other evidence-based behavioral tools give clients ownership of their recovery! Recovery becomes an active tangible process. It is not a vague “how do I ever get this” concept. Empowering clients to take control of their recovery is crucial, without that empowerment, clients will relapse.

Providers gain comprehensive client data that can positively alter outcomes!

The tools for a comprehensive, 24/7 aftercare program are available now. Recovery takes work, but it does not have to be onerous. Recovery Passport makes waking up and staying sober and clean on a daily basis possible.

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