Insight House drug and alcohol treatment facility in Utica, N.Y. is seeing a 20-25 percent increase in clients addicted to opiates, including Vicodin and OxyContin. Many are young professionals who are prescribed the medications for pain following surgical procedures, and wind up becoming addicted.
Insight House has added two extra weeknight groups to handle the growing demand for treatment for opiate addiction.
The fact that the medications are prescribed by physicians makes people believe they have a lower potential for addiction than, for example, street drugs such as heroin. In fact, street-opiates and pharmaceutical-opiates behave the same way in the body.
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