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Opioid Addiction Stories

 Millions of Americans looking for pain relief are getting far more than they bargained for.  Runaway use of prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone has become a major health threat all across the nation.  

“Opioid addiction kills 10 people in 12 days” or “Opioid overuse kills more people than homicide” are just some of most recent headlines for opioid addiction stories that end badly.  As a concerned doctor pointed out, the side effects can be deadly if opioids get in the hands of the wrong person at the wrong dose.   

For Sus, whose became began using prescription opioids while in high school, she said dependence on drugs helped her to function. Like many other opioid addicts, she naturally transitioned to heroin; a cheaper more accessible drug. After 25 years of habituated drug use, and wondering why she couldn’t just stop, she came to a conclusion. “My conclusion was that I was a bad person and that I was destined to be this way forever and I was okay with that.”  

Fortunately, that was not the end of Sus’s addiction story.  After toying with the idea of committing suicide, she finally found her way into treatment program that completely turned her life around.   

Individuals who misuse opioids that were prescribed to help manage pain after surgery, for a toothache, a sports injury, kidney stones or for chronic conditions like cancer, are at risk of drug dependence. In 2014, it is estimated that 1.9 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain medicines. In fact, new research reveals that opioid analgesics has been responsible for the vast majority of US overdose deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 75.2% of pharmaceutical deaths involves opioids, either alone or in combination with other drugs.

Sadly, the devastating consequences of using prescription drugs affect people in other equally destructive ways.  The use or misuse of prescription drugs by many pregnant women affects their unborn infant. In the last decade or so, there has been a continuous rise in the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.  

Addiction that occurs as a result of using prescription drugs is one of the most deceptive ways to slide into a drug abuse lifestyle. Legitimate use of opioids mostly occurs without the fear typically associated with introduction to illicit substances such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.  According to a survey, most people are under the misconception that doctor prescribed opioids are far less risky than illicit drugs.

 Despite the highly publicized prescription drug overdose deaths of entertainment giants like Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley to name a few, studies show the use of opioids are still less threatening to the average American than street drugs.  

When it comes to admissions to drug treatment facilities for opioid dependence or addiction, existing evidence show these services are highly underutilized across the United States.  As such, various initiatives have been launched to address this complex problem that has reached epidemic proportions.  The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) introduced a program in 2015 that is designed to…

  • Emphasize the implementation of evidence based prevention and treatment strategies.  
  • Improve prescribing practices for physicians.
  • Increase deployment of “Naloxone” which is an opioid reversal agent naloxone
  • Make medication‑assisted treatment for opioid use disorders more accessible.

Drug rehab centers provide evidence-based programs and a realistic solution to opioid addiction.  Today, treatment for addiction is highly customized to address the specific needs of each patient. To read other addicts stories visit us here.   

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