Click on the image to access this episode. Living at the animal level. This is how one former substance abuser describes life addicted to Opioids.
The opioid epidemic is America’s worst drug crisis, with millions suffering from addiction and its life-threatening effects. The stats are dismal – and rates of overdoses continue to increase.
This week, Andrew Brown bravely shares his story of how casual drug use spiraled into full-fledged opioid addiction. As a teenager with good grades from a stable home, Andrew did not fit the stereotype of a “junkie”. His own denial and his family’s unawareness of his escalating addiction continued for years until he found himself stealing from loved ones to support his habit. His road to recovery has been long, painful, and ongoing. His story is proof that opioids can affect even those of us from “good” homes, and that it is imperative that we address this growing epidemic.
Dr. Diane Morris also weighs in on this episode to help explain how the opioid epidemic has developed, and how those affected by it can overcome the grip of these highly addictive drugs.
Much has changed in the last few years regarding addiction and the opioid epidemic. Frontpage lawsuits recognize the role pharmaceutical companies played in America’s worst drug addiction, and the way we discuss those addicted to opioids is slowly improving. But stigma surrounding addiction and the complicated mental health issues associated with it continues to hinder recovery. It is more important than ever that we address the opioid epidemic head-on.