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Opioid Drug Misinformation Dangers

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There are a lot of rumors, ‘facts,’ and figures circulating that surround the opioid drug epidemic that exists within the country at present. For example, “most opioid-related deaths occur when these drugs are combined with other substances,” likely due to the fact that education surrounding this complicated issue is distinctly lacking. This is one of the bigger issues that needs to be changed, and fast.

Lack of Education Surrounding Opioid Drug

Much of the information that exists about opioid drug use is skewed, at least in part. What may have started as the truth is passed from source to source and likely changed a little each time. Unfortunately, this means that many people don’t understand the dangers of certain things, like combinations of pills, and don’t recognize those dangers when they arise. “Shouldn’t the focus be not mainly on the drug but rather on understanding what motivates the addict as he seeks the drug?” That may not be everything, but it’s certainly part of unraveling this tangled, fatal mess.

Not everyone with chronic pain takes prescription pills, and not everyone with chronic pain who takes prescription pills develops an addiction. Individual circumstances play a huge role, ‘helped’ along by the dangerous nature of these opioids. Those who have a pre-disposition to addiction might be cut off before that point by having their doctor warn them of the dangers ahead of time, or simply not offer the drug in the first place. Other methods may not be as ‘easy,’ but they exist, and if they can lower the rate of death brought about but these addictions, then they are worth the attempt.

“If treatment is to be successful, attention must be paid to the basic personality of the user. A focus should be on cognitive processes that give rise to opioid addiction.” Again, the nuances that are unique to the individual lend themselves to that person’s predisposition to addiction or to their capacity for recovery. It will offer insight into the best ways to help that person back from on whatever brink they find themselves standing.

Unfortunately, some of those who have already been exposed to the opioid drug have a difficult time moving in other, healthier directions. If their doctor refuses to provide more of the pills, then that person might go out of their way to try and obtain it from other sources. Sometimes, that will come in the form of heroin rather than opioids, and so the addiction progresses and worsens. Once that person is obtaining heroin illegally for what was once a dependence on prescription pills, the situation has become even more complicated and deadly.

The stigma associated with these people remains at a high level by those who have not experience chronic pain, associated complications with opioids, or addiction of any kind. This is another failing of the education surrounding drug use. There is a distinct lack of understanding and even compassion from one side, and grave misunderstandings that lead to dangerous choices on the other. Everyone involved needs to be brought into a deeper awareness of the way that the opioid drug affects the body and mind, and what options are available for those who want, or need, to change their ways 

If you or someone you care about is looking for help in recovering from an addiction of any kind, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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