Has America’s “Opioid Crisis” Invaded Your Home?

It’s almost impossible to turn on the television or scroll your favorite social media site without hearing about “America’s Opioid Crisis”. Opioids are a class of drug that can occur naturally or made by scientists in a lab. Opioids are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. What happens when these drugs end up in your medicine cabinet? What happens when America’s crisis becomes personal? Addiction changes the dynamics of relationships. Trust, communication, finances, and child-rearing can all be affected. Home can start to feel like a battleground. However, addiction is a disease and help is available. If you, your spouse, or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction there are several treatment options. Don’t wait another day. Your house can be a home again! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008 today.

The Science of Addiction


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental risk factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disorder. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug use takes on individuals, families, and communities. www.drugabuse.gov

Recovery through treatment is possible. If you or someone you know may have a substance abuse problem, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services to schedule an assessment. www.drugabuse.gov

A Pathway To Life Counseling Services, LLC

” In all my years as a physician, I have never, ever met an addicted person who wanted to be an addict”. – Dr. Nora Volkow

Addiction is a disease. Much like other chronic, relapsing diseases, addiction includes genetic as well as environmental factors. People often misunderstand individuals diagnosed with addictive disorders. “They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will” (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2018). Drugs affect the way individuals think and behave. Alcohol, drugs, and gambling change the way the brain works. The great news, RECOVERY is possible! Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today.

Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. 
All opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused (taken in a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed, or taken without a doctor’s prescription). Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths. ( National Institute on Drug Abuse). You can get help today! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008.

Drugged Driving

What is Drugged Driving? Driving while under the influence of legal or illegal substances. It puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road in danger. It is illegal in every state (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Drugged Driving is common and can lead to several consequences including accidents, DWI/DUI, and can even be fatal. Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services for help today!

Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

The Substance Abuse Professional (DOT SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

As a Department of Transportation Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Wework with employees in safety-sensitive positions for assessment, treatment, and aftercare to ensure the public’s safety and return individuals to work as soon as possible.

If you need an assessment, treatment, or follow-up, please contact us at 504-410-7008 or Jeny.Apathwaytolife@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!