Overprescription of Painkillers May Increase Risk of Heroin Use, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

When prescriptions run out, some turn to heroin for continued relief adding to addiction struggles, says Chapters Capistrano.

When it comes to managing pain, many people turn to prescription painkillers for relief. Whether the result of injury, illness, surgery, or chronic conditions, doctors prescribe strong drugs to ease healing. While these medications can be safe when used in the short term as prescribed, they also have an increased risk of addiction. With tighter regulations — and budgets — some people are turning to heroin as an alternative and heroin use has multiplied in recent years. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding the increase in heroin use and need for prevention and treatment.

“Patients are not always aware of how addictive certain medications can be,” says Susie Shea, co-owner of the luxury drug and alcohol rehab center in Orange County. “Their focus is often relieving their pain, and by the time they recognize there is a problem, they may already be addicted. If they don’t have access to more prescription drugs, they may transition to heroin, creating a host of other issues.”

According to a recent Fox News article, “There are more than four million people in the United States who have tried heroin. Among those four million, about 25 percent become addicted to heroin.” One reason the article notes some people turn to heroin is because it is cheaper than prescription drugs. Prescriptions can become very costly and insurance only covers so much. When money is tight, heroin is a less expensive alternative that still provides pain relief.

Another reason some people make the switch from prescription medication to heroin is because their doctor stops refills and no longer provides them access. By this point they may already be addicted and feel pressured to find another way to fulfill their need. As a result, they start using heroin.

“It is important that patients and doctors work together to monitor the use of prescriptions and identify dependence early on,” says Shea. “There may be alternative options that are safer and still provide relief. If addiction has developed, the doctor can help the patient seek appropriate care at a drug and alcohol rehab facility.”

Education about risks and knowing warning signs of addiction are essential, adds Shea. Patients should be fully informed about any medication they are taking and know how and when it should be used. If their condition is not improving, they should talk to their doctor rather than increasing their dosage themselves, which increases risk of addiction.

“Doctors, patients, and communities need to work together to keep prescription drug use in check and improve awareness,” says Shea. “As soon as problems arise, seeking treatment is key. Early intervention can save lives and help people enter into long-term recovery.” Chapters Capistrano works with clients to address their individual needs and create customized treatment plans.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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