According to the NIDA there are over 115 people in the United States who overdose from opioids and die each day. Opioid addiction and abuse have caused a serious problem all over this nation.
Much like many people, Sam’s addiction started after he began using illegally obtain prescription opioids. When these prescription drugs became too expensive, Sam substituted to using heroin to contain his addiction.
Opioids are drugs such as morphine, heroin as well as prescription pain killers. This is the driving force of the current overdose drug crisis in the United States.
Prescription pain medication abuse gives the addict a feeling of euphoria. The euphoric experience is a result of the drug and its impact on the pleasure and reward pathways of the brain.
Recent CDC reports
Recent CDC reports indicate that well over 45% of those who have an addiction to heroin, first started by abusing prescription opioids. In fact, individuals addicted to prescription painkillers are about 40 times more at risk for developing an addiction to heroin.
Addiction is a family disease; it will create an environment of stressful instability in the home. Therefore the road to recovery involves the entire family. It is common for several members’ family to have an addiction if addiction exist in the family. Growing up, drug use as well as addiction was normal in Sam’s family. If more than one family member is struggling with this addiction, there is little to no balance of healthy family dynamics.
Harmful to family
Addiction is harmful to a family and it can often result in life-long consequences; not seeking help for addiction disrupts everyone.
Family therapy has proven to be of great benefits for families dealing with addiction. Family counselling aims to address this problem of addiction within a family system and helps everyone heal.