posted on Jul, 12 2018 @ 02:16 PM
It can happen to anyone you love including yourself. Addiction does not respect any boundaries including those of race, social or economic.
As a person who lives in recovery my personal experience is with prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Your body becomes tolerant of then and you need
more and more. I started with a prescription for 20 mg of Oxycontin and eventually ended up with 360 mg. At that time (around the turn of the
century) Perdue pharma told the Dr's it was a miracle painkiller, safe and non addictive and I took my Dr's advice. When opioid addiction became a
newsworthy issue, my Dr cut me off as he didn't want to be investigated by his governing body.
I can see when this happens why addicts resort to the street as withdrawals are one of the worst thing one can experience ... think of the worst flu
that you have had with being sick and sore, then multiply that by 1000 and throw in a seizure or 10. In the end many opioid addicts don't even get
high from their drugs. They obtain them just to obtain a feeling of what you or I would call normal.
Today I live in recovery and only worry about things one day at a time as I have no idea what tomorrow will bring. My focus is on today and what I
need to do in order to not use. (it has been a number of years now and it does get a ton easier, but you always have to remain somewhat vigilant) I
have found what works for me and it involves rigorous honest living and 12 steps. The cool thing about that program is that in the end, you end up
reaching out and helping a fellow addict with theses 12 steps. I have sponsored a few, and some work the steps, some go 'back out there' and some
die. Given the power of opioids and suggesting the addict is weak is pretty harsh judgement. Suggesting society give them free opioids with the
hope they will overdose in my opinion is just sick ... that addict could be your spouse, mother, grandfather, child etc ...