Overcoming Opioid Dependence is not easy, so I’m sharing a few tips, as part of a sponsored post for Mom Central Consulting and Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating, but all stories and opinions are my own. This disease has come close to affecting my life so I wanted to share the information I have learned.
Admit and/or Recognize the Problem
As with any other addiction or drug dependence, the first step in overcoming is to admit you have a problem. I’m guessing that if you are reading this, you either have admitted this problem and are looking for answers or you know someone with a problem and want to help. Either way, I think you’re in the right place.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had some concerns about my husband from time to time with Opioid Dependence. He has struggled with finding a balance between pain relief and avoiding dependence. This is a struggle that regular people, like you and me, like our loved ones, have every day.
Opioid dependence can affect everyone differently, and only a doctor can determine the diagnosis, but if you know the possible signs and symptoms, you are taking the first step in recognizing your own risk or that of someone you know.
Some symptoms include: drowsiness and lack of energy; inability to concentrate and lack of motivation; social behavioral changes; changes in appearance; increased secrecy; uncontrolled cravings for opioids and continued use of opioids despite negative consequences.
Ask for Help with the Problem
Many of us think that we are alone when we have a problem with such a stigma that comes with Opioid Dependence. Once you have admitted the problem, it is time to ask for help. Not only can doing this alone be difficult, it could be extremely uncomfortable or dangerous.
Opioid withdrawal reactions are very uncomfortable but are not normally life-threatening in healthy individuals and may start within a few hours, or longer, of last exposure depending on the opioid formulation. Early symptoms of withdrawal include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, increased tearing, insomnia, runny nose, sweating and yawning. Late symptoms of withdrawal include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea and vomiting.
Know the Options and Get the Help
If knowing the problem exists and knowing that you need to ask for help is under your belt, finding the right treatment option is your next hurdle. There are so many different opinions and places to turn that just finding the one for you can seem overwhelming. That is why I’m choosing to support ResetReality.com in their fight against Opioid Dependence.
Reset Reality – Because addiction to opioid prescription painkillers is better faced together than alone.
Reset Reality is public health initiative designed to spread awareness and understanding about the prevalence, science and treatment of opioid prescription painkiller addiction in the United States. It encourages those living with prescription painkiller addiction to step back, reflect and hit the reset button by working with a healthcare professional to work towards creating a new reality.
ResetReality.com is an online resource where you can find information and tools to help learn about opioid dependence, including a symptom screener and a resource to find a doctor that is certified to treat opioid prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction. Additionally, on the site, one can share their Words of Reality or lend support with words of inspiration.