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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Opioid dependence – also known as opioid prescription painkiller and heroin addiction – is a chronic disease affecting increasingly more Americans each year.  It is often stigmatized as bad behavior, poor judgment and weak morals, but that is just not the case.  Anyone can become addicted to prescription painkillers. 

Over time prescription painkillers can alter the brain’s chemistry by “resetting” the brain so one begins to physically and psychologically feel they need opioid prescription painkillers just to get through the day.  A member of our family has been taking prescription painkillers for more than 20 years now.  She feels as though she cannot live without these medications, and has had to increase her dosages over the years because her body has gotten so used to them.

A lot of people don’t really know the truth about prescription painkillers and the people that are affected by them.  Reset Reality is public health initiative designed to spread awareness and understanding about the prevalence, science and treatment of opioid prescription painkiller addiction in the United States. It encourages those living with prescription painkiller addiction to step back, reflect and hit the “reset” button by working with a healthcare professional to work towards creating a new “reality.”   I would certainly love for our family member to be able to kick the prescription painkiller habit, and create a new reality that didn’t depend on them.

ResetRealityBadge is an online resource where you can find information and tools to help learn about opioid dependence.  When I first learned of this family member’s addiction, I didn’t know much about it.  I wanted a better understanding of the problem, and what I could do to help her.  Reset Reality has a symptom screener and a resource to find a doctor that is certified to treat opioid prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction. Additionally, on the site, one can share their “Words of Reality” or lend support with words of inspiration.  Having support through a very troubling time can really make all the difference. 

Reading the testimonials from reality TV personality spokesperson Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, and others, was very sobering.  One woman shared pills with her son, another lived in her car for 2 months because she spent all of her money on pills.  These stories are very real, and they are the stories of people all across the country.  Visit today.

Do you know someone struggling with opioid dependence? 


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