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Prescription Painkiller Addiction Treatment Programs

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Elevated Prescription Painkiller Addiction Treatment in Northern California

Take an elevated approach to prescription painkiller addiction recovery: Enter the inpatient painkiller treatment program at Elevate Addiction Services. These pain-relieving medications are ravaging the country through abuse, overdose and addiction, so Elevate Addiction Services is committed to doing its part to help end the epidemic.

Elevate’s inpatient painkiller addiction treatment program helps people comfortably outlast withdrawal and then begin to heal physically, mentally and emotionally through expert guidance. Becoming dependent on painkillers is no joke, even if taken for legitimate medical reasons, so don’t wait to seek treatment if you or someone you know has reached this perilous point.

What Are the Different Types of Prescription Painkillers?

When discussing prescription painkillers, people most commonly think of and refer to opiates and opioids – although over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen are available in stronger doses via prescription. Opiates are naturally occurring substances. Opioids are either semi-synthetic or outright synthetic.

Opiates and opioids are all derived from the opium poppy, also known as the papaver somniferum, a species of flowering plant. Opium poppies are native to Southeast Europe and Western Asia, although they’ve been brought to the Western world as well, particularly to Mexico and Colombia. Afghanistan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Latin America are the largest producers of the world’s opium supply – licit and illicit.

When it comes to the most common prescription opiates/opioids, here are some of the most-recognized brands – along with the generic names of the substances they utilize:

  • OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone + acetaminophen)
  • Norco (hydrocodone + acetaminophen)
  • Actiq (fentanyl)
  • Duragesic (fentanyl)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Codeine
  • Percocet (oxycodone + acetaminophen)
  • Avinza (morphine)
  • Dolophine (methadone)

Painkiller Abuse Stats and Facts

Prescription and non-prescription abuse of painkillers is plaguing the United States. Here are a few statistics and facts to illustrate how serious the issue is in the country:

  • In 2001, there were fewer than 6,000 deaths via prescription opioid painkiller overdose in the U.S. In 2014, there were roughly 19,000. There have consistently been more than 15,000 such deaths each year since 2008, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • SAMHSA estimates that 1.9 million Americans aged 12 or older had a pain reliever use disorder in 2014.
  • In 2014, there were nearly 490,000 admissions to U.S. treatment centers with opiates cited as the primary substance of abuse – the second-highest number since 2004, according to SAMHSA.
  • Opiates as the primary substance of abuse accounted for only 17.9 percent of all substance abuse treatment admissions in 2004. That number rose steadily until surpassing 30 percent in 2014.
  • The average person who would tend to get admitted to a treatment center for opiate abuse would be white and between the ages of 20 and 39. This group also slightly skews male.
  • Emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of narcotic pain relievers climbed from roughly 168,000 in 2005 to more than 366,000 in 2011, according to SAMHSA. Oxycodone and hydrocodone were cited most frequently during those visits.

California Painkiller Abuse Statistics

And if you want to know more about how the painkiller epidemic is affecting us here in California, here are a few stats to put it into perspective:

  • In a 2013-14 SAMHSA survey, nearly 1.4 million Californians reported nonmedical use of pain relievers within the previous year – the highest number in the U.S.
  • Opiates were the primary substance of abuse in more than 8,000 admissions to treatment centers in California in 2015, according to SAMHSA. Those individuals tended to be white and between the ages of 21 and 40. Just over 51 percent of them were male.
  • Opiates and opioids were involved in nearly 2,800 emergency department visits in 2011 in the San Francisco area alone – the highest number since 2004, when there were only 1,138 such visits. Surprisingly, hydrocodone was cited in more ED visits in 2010 and 2011 than oxycodone was.

Prescription Painkiller Addiction Treatment at Elevate

Prescription opioids have been hitting our country and our state particularly hard over the last few years. OxyContin, fentanyl and hydrocodone are especially doing damage. In response, we have been continually refining our prescription painkiller addiction treatment program to make sure these individuals carry the lessons they learn at our facility into their lives beyond rehab in order to remain sober for years on end.

Painkiller Detox

The Elevate inpatient addiction treatment program consists of approximately either 30 or 90 days of compassionate and expertly guided rehabilitation. Regardless of which program is chosen, they all start with roughly 7-10 days of detoxification, giving the recovering painkiller addict enough time to comfortably and convincingly surpass the withdrawal phase and being the curriculum of the Elevate program.

Continued Treatment

After clients complete detox, we focus on helping them recover physically and emotionally. This is where physical fitness activities, holistic services and cutting-edge counseling techniques come into the equation. Some clients may need more than 90 days of inpatient treatment, so this is why we keep our program flexible and based on progress and results, not time.


After clients have graduated our inpatient painkiller addiction treatment program, we continue to help them in numerous ways to keep their recoveries going strongly. Our aftercare services include a customized post-treatment plan, a dedicated Elevate counselor to refer to, regular check-up calls, support group referrals and more. We even have a Graduate Assurance Plan that allows former clients to return to our facility if relapse occurs within six months after their graduation.

Getting on the Path to Recovery Today

Elevate Addiction Services has two large facilities in Northern California where you (or a loved one) can begin to recover from painkiller addiction. Our admissions counselors are ready to take your call, and they’re eager to listen to your situation and help you figure out the right location and program for treatment. Get in touch with them today by giving us a call, or fill out the quick form below and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.

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