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.
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.