It may have taken twenty years of increasing overdose trends, constant crime, hundreds of billions of dollars in economic backlash, and millions of families ruined, but the United States now finally recognizes the opiate epidemic as being a legitimate epidemic.
Everywhere we look and try to read valuable information about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and other factors of substance abuse, it seems that we are assailed with bad news and painful descriptions. It can get a little overwhelming. And that isn’t always what we need.
Every year it seems, a new drug comes on the scene and causes problems. In the morass that is 21st century drug-addicted America, it often feels like we can’t catch a break, for as soon as we learn about one drug, how to prevent it, how to avoid it, etc. another one jumps into view.
When we hear of opioids, we know that this is a problem that affects millions of Americans and their families. We know it has gotten totally out of control. We know that hundreds of thousands have lost their lives or have suffered immensely.
As the opioid epidemic has raged across the country and caused almost unlimited problems, the U.S. has had to work fast to come up with solutions.
Addicts aren’t addicts because they have a passion to abuse their body and mind through drugs. Everyone’s story of drug abuse is different, but you’ll mind many have a common thread. Somewhere down the line, they lost control.
While unfunded heralds of truth are screaming at the top of their lungs about Ritalin and Adderall (psychiatric drugs) being handed out to adults and teens like candies, we have drug companies running hourly television ads to spread the false message of chemical imbalances.
The day before going to rehab is filled with so many questions, wonders, worries, and every other emotion mixed in.
Nearly every time I go to the doctor, for whatever reason, the first question from the nurse is always: “Are you on any medications?” And, my response is always, “No, I do not take any medications,” which is always followed up by, “so you don’t take any medications or supplements for anything?”…
Now, now don’t go thinking I’m going to sit here and bash other forms of treatment. Well, maybe replacement therapy like suboxone, but that’s about it. My best friend recovered utilizing the 12-Step Program, as have many of my friends, among other forms of treatment, so nothing bad to say here. The other forms just weren’t for me and I want to tell you why because maybe it’s the same for you.