Personally, I hate needles. I can’t even watch Grey’s Anatomy for five minutes without getting a shiver down my spine. I’ve hated getting shots as a child, and honestly I still do. I wince even at the thought of it. I never understood why someone would inject a needle into their body on purpose.
Rarely does the repeated action of using and abusing dangerous drugs leave a person without at least one, irreversible side effect that they will have to live with for the rest of their life. In regards to heroin, the list of negative consequences goes on and on.
After the AIDs epidemic in the 20th century, people no longer were as afraid as before to share needles. Intravenous drug users thought that they were in the clear, and all good to go, now that the nation had found a way to significantly decrease the cases of HIV and AIDS related deaths. They soon learned the hard way just how wrong they were.
When an addict is on the hunt for a fix, they do not have the time or attention span to think about the negative consequences associated with sharing used needles. Using a dirty needle can spread diseases such as Hepatitis A, B, and C. When these needles are discarded, they can fall into the hands of an innocent child, trash collector, and even animals.
When an addict is on the hunt for a fix, they let their cravings dominate any other feelings or emotions that they may be having. In that moment, getting the drug is all that matters, and the addict does not care who they hurt. They will choose the drug over their jobs, their family, their friends, and even their own health.
Addicted to painkillers
We keep hearing on the news that the nation is in an opioid crisis, but we aren’t hearing how it started, and how we can stop it. We hear the stats, we listen to tragic-stricken families, and we watch police and urgent medical care workers talk about the things they see on the job, but something isn’t clicking with society. We even keep large billboards tallying the number of overdoses that year, but it still isn’t registering in people’s minds that there is a problem.
Experts have found that an estimated 4.7 million Americans are addicted to pain killers. So far the only ones to blame are the doctors who are over prescribing these medications, the dealers selling the drugs on the streets, and the individuals ‘allowing’ themselves to become addicted to the drugs.
When a person is seriously injured, it is the job of the doctor that is taking care of them to minimize the amount of pain they are in. Sometimes, in the hospital if a person is really hurt, they will be given morphine and other prescription pain pills.
Doctors will give patients a certain number of refills, and send them on their way. Many of these patients soon become addicted to the drug, and try to return to the doctor for more. Legally, doctors cannot keep giving out this medication to a person who is still in pain from the initial injury, so they have to cut the patient off.
As a result of this, the patient will turn to the streets to find the drug. This is much more expensive, and a lot of the times, dealers will not have their drug of choice, and the addict has to go for another type of drug to curb their symptoms of withdrawal. That is how many people who are addicted to pain killers move on to harsher drugs such as heroin, meth, and crack.
To go through opioid addiction, is to go through pain, both emotional and physical. There is physical sickness, as well as an extremely high chance of relapse. Though the addict may be a strong individual, the drug has worn down their ability to say no to using, and they will be most commonly emotionally weak.
Unfortunately, people of all ages are abusing opioids at alarming rates. The detox timeline for opioid withdrawal varies from person to person, but is challenging for everyone involved. Family members and friends need to be there for the addict during the withdrawal, but also need to be careful to give the addict space when they need it.
A person going through a serious withdrawal is best left in the care of a trained medical professional. The recovering addict is going to be very ill, and they need someone to constantly be checking on them, cleaning them up, and giving them food, water, and medication.
Addicts can experience harsh migraines when going through withdrawal. In a rehab care facility, they will keep you as relaxed as possible, so that you can go through your detox calm and free of stress. They know that your body is going to be going through tremendous trauma, and needs extra silence, rest, and care to recover.
In many rehab care centers, employees use holistic methods of care to complement, or go along with the rest of the addict’s traditional care. They may give the patient vitamins, use aromatherapy, and practice massage to relax the addict’s body as well as the mind. These methods have shown to be very effective in preventing a relapse, and decreasing the amount of discomfort that one will have to experience during a withdrawal.
While recovery is a long and taxing process, every person who goes through it will tell you the same thing. It was worth it. They are much better off as a clean individual. They could rebuild their lives, and move past who they were as an addict and mold themselves into the person they want to be.