Reset Reality – Help for opioid dependency

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A few months back I wrote  a post on a topic that has affected my family, opioid dependency. My sister was opioid dependent for years, and finally found some help. Fortunately it’s something in the past, and our family is now moving past all of it, but we will never forget it. Often stigmatized as bad behavior, poor judgment and weak morals, opioid dependence – also known as opioid prescription painkiller and heroin addiction – is a chronic disease affecting increasingly more Americans each year. Over time prescription painkillers can alter the brain’s chemistry by “resetting” the brain so one begins to physically and psychologically feel they need opioid prescription painkillers just to get through the day. If they don’t they will become physically ill, or go through withdraws. Growing up I watched my sister go through this cycle of being “happy and fine” to being horribly “sick.” She finally realized that it was time to Reset Reality and get some help. Unfortunately, not everyone with an opioid dependency will do this, or first, even admit they have a problem

Reset Reality is public health initiative designed to spread awareness and understanding about the prevalence, science and treatment of opioid prescription painkiller addiction in the United States. It encourages those living with prescription painkiller addiction to step back, reflect and hit the “reset” button by working with a healthcare professional to work towards creating a new “reality.” A new reality that doesn’t involve opioid usage. is an online resource where you can find information and tools to help learn about opioid dependence, including a symptom screener and a resource to find a doctor that is certified to treat opioid prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction. Additionally, on the site, one can share their “Words of Reality” or lend support with words of inspiration.

It seems that some people think that Opioid addiction only involves people of a certain stereotype, and not just anyone. Opioid addiction is not selective and can affect anyone and everyone, whether you’re poor, rich, college grad, mom, dad, white, black, and more. Some people also believe that if they have a prescription, that makes it okay because you can’t be addicted or have a dependency, which is not true. I’m sure many of you have heard of the hit show, “The Jersey Shore.” One of the members from the reality show, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was directly affected by Opioid dependency. It all started with a neck and back injury, and then escalated to where he couldn’t even get up and get dressed without being dependent on prescription pain killers. After reading his testimonials on Words of Reality, at, I realize he wasn’t even himself the whole time he was on the show. It takes a lot for a celebrity to admit their addiction, and good for him on reaching out for help, and being successful at overcoming his addiction.

If you know someone who has an Opioid dependency, let them know you are there to support them. Help them and guide them, give them information. They are struggling too. Once I finally realized that with my own sister, it was easier to understand. Direct them to Reset Reality, and let them know, there are others in the same situation, with the same stories. Let them know that THEY can get help and ResetReality.

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