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The Opioid Crisis: An Honest Look at the Drug Problem in America

If somebody asked you to describe what the average drug addict looks like, chances are you would envision someone reckless, rebellious, and criminal enough to buy illegal drugs in a squalid dark alley. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the most accurate picture of drug addiction in our communities. In fact, the majority of people who wrestle with substance abuse are average, everyday citizens who develop the habit of consuming legal prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. Nothing illustrates this fact like the opioid crisis currently plaguing the United States.

If You Haven’t Taken Notice, You Should
On April 17th, 2019, federal prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice carried out one of the biggest medical malpractice crackdowns in U.S history when they charged 60 physicians and pharmacists with illegally distributing opioid prescriptions to patients. The accused doctors are alleged to have distributed millions of pills to thousands of patients without any medical justification for their prescriptions. This incident is just one small snapshot of the unseen side of drug addiction in society. Perfectly normal doctors, whether maliciously or not, give perfectly normal patients access to addictive drugs and an entire ecosystem of substance-abuse is born.

The saddest thing about prescription drug abuse is that many of its victims never see it coming. Once users realize they have constant access to drugs through a doctor, the slippery slope of dependence becomes harder and harder to overcome. It’s even worse when doctors conspire to help patients gain access to addictive meds regardless of the apparent dangers. If you or someone you know takes opioids on a routine basis, it’s extremely important to pay attention to the possible signs and risk factors of addiction.

Here are a few red flags that you might be dealing with addiction:

  1. Powerlessness – If it ever feels as if you crave your prescribed medication, or you can’t go for more than one week without seeking it out, your desire to take it might be fueled by addiction.
  2. Ignoring Doctor’s Orders – If your doctor has asked you to follow a specific schedule with your medication, but you end up taking it more frequently, your body is reinforcing dependency.
  3. Lethargy – Being under the influence causes people to lose motivation in general. Addiction stops you from engaging and participating in life.
  4. Acting Out of Character – The more addicted you get, the more your interpersonal relationships suffer from changes in your own personality and behavior.
  5. Cash Crunch – Developing a habit always costs money. Things might be getting extreme if you find yourself spending money on prescriptions even when it starts to take a heavy financial toll.

Many people are capable of using opioids without getting addicted. However, the longer opioids are used to treat a condition, the likelier it is for dependency to intensify into a full-blown addiction. This is a problem that can only be solved through vigilance. Vigilance on the part of people who personally use opioids, and vigilance from friends and loved ones who notice a problem brewing. If you see something, say something, and step up to make it stop. When it comes to addiction, prevention is far better, and far more effective, than cure. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1-888-823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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