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What is opioid dependence? Sometimes referred to as opioid prescription painkiller and heroin addiction, opioid dependence is a chronic disease that affects more and more people every year.
The difference between opioid dependence and some other forms of addiction is that most of the people who suffer from opioid dependence began by simply taking medication that was legitimately prescribed to them as a pain management tool. We hear stories every day about people getting involved with drugs, and knowing full well what the ramifications might be. But opioid dependence is different: these people weren't doing anything wrong, they weren't doing anything illegal - they were following doctor's orders.
Over time, prescription painkillers can alter the brain's chemistry by resetting it so that the person taking the prescription begins to become addicted. They will actually become physically dependent as well as psychologically dependent, thinking that they need the prescription just to make it through each day!
Reset Reality Can Help!
Reset Reality, a public health initiative that spreads awareness and understanding about the science and treatment of opioid dependence, encourages people with prescription painkiller addiction to hit the reset button by working with a healthcare professional to work towards creating a new reality. Thus, "Reset Reality."
ResetReality.com is an online resource where people struggling with prescription painkiller addiction can find important information about opioid dependence. Reset Reality also provides the tools necessary to help understand what opioid dependence is all about, including a symptom screener and a resource to find a certified doctor that can treat opioid prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction.
Equally important is the portion of the website where you can find helpful “Words of Reality” or even lend support with words of inspiration to others also struggling with addiction.
I was looking through the Reset Reality website and found the list of symptoms for opioid dependence. Due to my family member suffering from opioid dependence, I recognized most of them, but there were a few that surprised me.
Did you know that drowsiness and lack of energy are signs of possible opioid dependence? While this may be mistaken for “just being tired,” individuals may demonstrate this pattern at various times throughout the day.
Inability to concentrate and lack of motivation are also signs that someone may be struggling with opioid dependence. Friends and family may notice missed days of work, leaving school or work during the day, or a significant drop in grades and/or achievement.
My story with opioid dependence is not a good one, there was a continual rock bottom and two stints in rehab ended badly - my family member is currently in jail due to crimes committed as a result of his addiction. I was reading through the “Words of Reality” section f the Reset Reality website and found really motivational, uplifting testimonials from a reality TV personality spokesperson Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino. I never watched his television show, but of course I knew who he was because everyone has heard about him, right?! While he never hit rock bottom, he one day realized how far his addiction had gone and sought help. I love hearing a success story like that, because it gives me hope that when my family member gets out of jail, they might finally wake up and realize that they can get past this...
If you think you might be addicted to prescription painkillers, or you know someone you think is suffering from addiction, please check out ResetReality.com. I hope that you are able to find the resources necessary to help you!