An estimated 2 million Americans struggled with opioid use in 2018. What are the long term effects of opioid abuse, and how can they affect you?
Relations Long Term Effects of Opioid Abuse
The New York Times just ran a poignant article titled “Has Opioid Abuse Affected You? Reader’s Respond,” in which they surveyed readers about the real-life devastating effects of this growing epidemic. Parents and children of people addicted to painkillers and/or heroin, as well as those in active addiction as well as recovery, weighed in – and the result was pretty powerful.
Here are some quotes from the article – do any of these resonate with you?
A parent’s perspective: “Seven rehabs, suboxone, doctors, methadone clinics, money, money, money that you do not have but you would sell your soul to get. Begging God to get through to him as I age early. Why?” — Karen, 54, Yardley, Pa.
A child’s perspective: “My mother was a chronic heroin user while my father was in jail for small crimes and different drug offenses. My grandparents went to court to gain custody of my twin sister and me. I always wonder what life would have been like if opioids didn’t take over my mother’s life.” — David, Millersville, Pa.
Someone in recovery: “I started taking painkillers when I was 19. I went to the dentist one day for a toothache and was prescribed Vicodin. After that first one, I was hooked. Then one day a friend introduced me to heroin. I started stealing from my family, and they pressed charges on me. I thank God every day because I’m alive today.” — Carla Goff, Shelby, Ohio
Someone struggling with relapse: “I became addicted to prescription painkillers due to an automobile accident. It took me eight years to get my life back on track. I lost guardianship of my older two children and in the midst of all of it ended up in jail, then pregnant; my daughter was born and went through withdrawal because it had such a hold on me. I went to detox and rehab, got my life together for a few months, all to be in another devastating car accident and right back on painkillers due to all the injuries. Now struggling again.” — Meagan, Cadillac, Mich.
Long Term Effects of Opioid Abuse
In addition to the relational long term effects of opioid abuse, there are also physical effects. Using opioids lead to many adverse health effects. For example, it can lead to respiratory, muscular, central nervous system problems and other issues. It is critical to stop the addiction as soon as possible to prevent the long term effects of opioid abuse.
Help for Opioid Addiction
Whether you or someone you love is looking to begin rehab, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn about our programs at Red Oak Recovery. We treat a variety of opioid addictions, including:
We treat use a variety of evidence-based and holistic therapies. It’s our goal to serve the whole family and ensure that you feel embraced and supported on the journey toward sobriety. Call Red Oak Recovery today to learn more about the long term effects of opioid abuse.