Skinny Woman Holding Herself Illustrates Opioid Abuse and Mental Illness

Opioid Abuse and Mental Illness

Relationship between Opioid Abuse and Mental Illness The beginning of opioid abuse can be so innocuous. An individual sustains an injury, has surgery, or falls ill with a condition that can cause intense pain. A doctor provides a prescription for an opioid pain reliever, like Vicodin, Percocet, or any one of a host of available painkillers. The…

3D render of a glass head with the brain inside against a blue 'brainwaves' background.

Co-Occurring Mental Health Effects on Opiate Dependence

Opiate dependence remains a significant problem within the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that heroin-related overdoses quadrupled from 2000 through 2013. Although only 1 to 2% of adults use heroin during their lifetime, this represents several million Americans. Heroin and other opiates are highly addictive, meaning that many who…