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Growing up I can remember going to D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programs at school, being taught all about the dangers of drugs. There are still–thankfully–many conversations going on teaching youth to avoid using drugs, but there is another source of danger regarding drugs that many people are unaware of until they’re personally affected by it: opioid dependence.
Opioids, which are prescription painkillers, are most often prescribed legally and legitimately for people recovering from something painful such as surgery or an injury. However, it can become a slippery slope very easily in which people become addicted to the painkillers. I’ve always been a cautious person, and after the births of my three children I just took over-the-counter medicine for pain relief because I did not want to take anything I might become addicted to. Many of you have probably heard of celebrities like Matthew Perry from Friends going into rehab for his addiction to painkillers.
If you or someone you know are dealing with opioid dependence, you’re not alone. This is a major health issue that affects approximately two million Americans. There ARE resources out there for you to take advantage of, like the site Turn to Help. It can help you learn how to seek treatment, which can be a scary thing to do. It’s so important to act now, because it can really take a toll on your health.
45% of adults view opioid dependence as a psychological problem rather than a physical illness, but it is a chronic medical disease that actually affects the brain and fools it into thinking that the opioid is necessary for survival. 98% of doctors say that it is treatable, and research shows that treatment can benefit from a combination of medication and behavioral changes.
For more information on opioid dependence, check out this helpful infographic below. And again, be sure to check out Turn to Help for valuable information on how to get treatment.