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Opioid prescription painkiller addiction, also known as opioid dependence, is often a taboo subject that people don’t like to talk about, but it affects millions of Americans. While opioid prescription painkillers are effective medicines, some people develop opioid dependence as an unexpected consequence of proper pain treatment.
There are many misconceptions about opioid dependence. Many people think opioid dependence only happens to certain types of people, but it can happen to anyone – affecting men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, income and educational levels.
John and I have actually been dealing with opioid dependence within our own family. A member of our family has been taking prescription painkillers for several years, for arthritis and fybromyalgia. She has been taking them for so long now, that she feels that she cannot live without them. Her body has also become accustomed to her medications, so the amount she needs to take to get pain relief has increased greatly.
A lot of people who are addicted to prescription painkillers do not seek help because they are ashamed or embarrassed of their problem. It can be really hard to admit to yourself and others that you have an addiction.
I just learned of a great online resource that allows people to anonymously research opioid dependence, and find help and treatment options. If you or a family member are seeking help for opioid dependence, please visit Turntohelp.com.
The infographic below is a real eye-opener. Opioid dependence is a very real, and serious problem, but treatment is available.
Has your family ever dealt with opioid dependence? Would you use the Turntohelp resource to seek treatment options?