Do you or someone you know have an Opioid Dependence?

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.

#sponsored Today, opioid prescription painkiller addiction, also known as opioid dependence, affects millions of Americans. While opioid prescription painkillers are effective medicines, some people develop opioid dependence as an unexpected consequence of proper pain treatment. Unfortunately, I personally watched my sister become addicted to painkillers and become opioid dependent. It all started when she got into a car accident over 15 years ago. She hurt her back pretty bad and her doctor prescribed her some pain killers. She got to the point where she would have to take double the dose for it to work, and then more, and more. It got to the point where she would run our of her prescription weeks before she could get another refill, so she turned to buying them off the street. This went on for 10 years, where she suffered from opioid dependency and was dependent on taking them daily to even function. Finally, she got help and had kicked the addiction, but it was a rough road, and very hard one to witness as the younger sister since she was someone who I looked up to. It’s great to finally have my sister back, but I wish she had gotten help sooner. There’s a great website to get help, Turn To Help.
Opioid Dependence Infographic-page-001Opioid Dependence is definitely a lot more common than you may think it is. It can happen to anyone, men and women, no matter age, race, color, education or income level. Opioid addiction/dependence has been a rising epidemic in the United States and is a rapidly growing problem and public health concern. Opioid Dependency is a chronic medical disease that affects the brain and fools it into thinking that opioid is needed daily to be able to function. Take a look at the infographic below for more detailed information regarding this rising problem.
If you or someone you know suffers from an Opioid Dependence, please get help or help your loved one get help by visiting Turn To Help. Turntohelp.com is an online resource that allows people to anonymously research opioid dependence, find help and treatment options. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Disclosure: 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.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your story – I’m glad she was able to get help and I hope that my own sister, who is addicted to opioids, finds her way to help.

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