Way back when, if someone was an addict, it usually meant cocaine. Possibly heroin, but usually coke. Sometime in the mid to late 80s, Methamphetamines, or Speed, became mainstreamed, at least in Southern California. This meth was not anything like the modern meth, and was a lot closer to coke.
Fast forward to the last 8 years or so, and the face of addiction has totally changed. Nowadays, a lot of addicts are addicted to pain pills. While valium and Xanax have been used recreationally for years, there’s a ton of other addictive pills that are regularly prescribed. They’re not just addictive, they give users a similar high to heroin. The scary part is that most people who are pill poppers don’t consider themselves addicts, as the pills are “medicine from a doctor.”
I used to hear this daily in my former job.
One of the most surprising statistics that I saw was that two million Americans are estimated to suffer from opioid dependence and addiction. That number really surprised me, as I believe the number to be higher. Much higher. However, treatment is available.
Some people become addicted via pain management, that is true. Many more end up doctor hopping, doctor shopping, or selling, buying, and trading their pills to get what they want.
With a mixture of therapy, medications, and in-patient treatment, the opioid addictions can be kicked. This treatment is covered by most healthcare providers. This treatment is confidential, too. There’s no need to feel shame when admitting you, or a loved one has a dependence problem. Of course, all the treatment in the world won’t take until someone is ready to accept the changes. When they’re ready, there are many places that can assist you.
When all involved are ready to combat the opioid addiction, Turn to Help has all the resources you need to aid in your recovery.