Substance use disorders may change brain chemistry, creating chronic cravings that may be difficult to control without treatment.
Substance use disorders don’t care about age, gender, race, education, location or economic status. Many substances may be misused and become part of a disorder, including:
In 2021, an estimated 107,622 people died from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Opiods, mainly synthetic opiods, are the leading cause of overdose deaths.1
These drugs, usually prescribed for pain relief, can be highly addictive, which often makes quitting them difficult. As a result, opioid abuse can destroy families and lives.
Findings from the CDC about opioid drug overdoses in 2021:
Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to rise in the United States.2
The majority of drug overdose deaths (75%) involve an opioid.3
Despite all this, there is hope.
According to the office of the Surgeon General, only about 1 in 10 people with substance use disorders receive any type of specialty treatment.4 Seeking treatment may be seen as a social stigma that unfortunately keeps many from getting the help that could save their lives.
The longer a substance is used, the harder it can be for the user to get back to “normal” during treatment. That’s why it’s so important to detect and begin treating substance use disorders as early as possible, according to the Surgeon General’s report.
That inability or unwillingness to ask for help is often due to a combination of reasons, including:
Any step toward seeking help and treatment may be a step toward getting better. Treatment may focus on:
Treatment options can include:
If you feel you or covered family member may be coping with substance use disorders, you can call the Humana Behavioral Health Hotline number found on the back of your Humana member ID card.
If you don’t have a doctor or need to find a new one, search the Humana providers network.
You can also look into available state and local help. Many states provide a variety of opioid and drug treatment resources.