Opioid Dependence a Very Real and Scary Truth

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Opioid Dependence is something that not everyone knows about, and even fewer truly understand. Opioid Dependence or addiction to prescription painkillers affects millions of American each year, yet common misconceptions by other Americans and doctors across the country often deter those with an addiction from getting the help they need. My ex-husband was addicted to drugs, while he would take prescription painkillers if he got his hands on them, they weren't really his drug of choice. However, having been through a situation like that, I am devoted to raising awareness of this issue and helping anyone addicted to any substance the help they need to be free and live a full life again.

5 Things I Didn't Know About Opioid Dependence

  • 67% of Americans and 35% of doctors say they do not know much about Opioid Dependence.
  • Opioid Dependence is a chronic medical disease that affects the brain and fools it into thinking the Opioid is necessary for survival.
  • Opioid Dependence is a major public health issue that affects approximately 2 million Americans and costs the US $193 billion per year.
  • Those with Opioid Dependence can benefit from a combination of medication and behavioral changes.
  • Medication for Opioid Dependence is covered by the majority of health insurance companies, and privacy is protected.
Unfortunately, for many, addiction to prescription pain killers is something that results from the legitimate use of these substances in a regulated pain management system. Many people want help with this problem, but are too afraid or embarrassed to ask. Now, there is an anonymous way to get the help they need. TurnToHelp.com is an online resource, where people can go to anonymously research Opioid Dependence, and view their available treatment options!

Do you or someone you know need help with Opioid Dependence? Get help anonymously at TurnToHelp.com.

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  1. I've known people who had a problem but luckily no one close to me…it's such a slippery slide because some people need this for pain.

  2. I have been on painkillers for several weeks for a bulging disc in my back, but Rx dependence freaks me out so I'm being really careful. It really is scary since the meds are needed for a while... :(

  3. Had to be on these meds for a while due to a stubborn kidney stone. Quitting them abruptly caused withdrawal symptoms after only a month of use. Scary!

  4. I think a huge population of senior citizens are opioid dependent. :(

  5. That is scary Jenn. It is so sad that those who truly need the medicine would then be haunted by the affects of the very thing they needed to take in order to get better. That is why sites like Turn to Help are so important, because they give people who may be embarrassed or even confused about the problem a place to turn to.

  6. I'm always wary of taking any kind of pain medication because I'm afraid I will become dependent on it.

  7. I have a family member that has struggled with this over the years. :(

  8. It is so sad. I don't personally know of anyone but I've had friends that have had family members suffer.



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