Forget watching scary movies. If you want to really freak yourself out, visit this website and check out the overdose death trends from 2001 to 2014.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “1 in 5 patients with non-cancer pain or pain-related diagnoses are prescribed opiates in office-based settings.”
And according to this chart from the National Institute on drug abuse, these opiates are clearly not harmless.
They are killing more people every year and yet doctors continue to prescribe them.
Addiction is not a joke. It is a disease that kills people again and again. People that we love. It can break apart families and friendships, and touches more lives then you probably think.
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence and more than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking. Keep in mind, we are just talking about alcohol.
Now we have scarier drugs to worry about, like Fentanyl and experimental designer drugs. It can almost feel too overwhelming to comprehend.
So why is there a stigma against addicts when so many of us have felt the negative effects of the disease?
I believe our society is frighteningly undereducated about the disease of addiction and do not know where to turn when it strikes them or their loved ones.
Luckily, organizations such as AMIRF are here to help you navigate the complexities of this disease and connect you to resources to get you and your loved ones back to health.
Our community lost another brother yesterday and we need to start talking about this disease, because that is what it is.
To quote the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, the main problem of the alcoholic [drug addict] is the center is the mind rather than the body. It is a brain sickness that needs to be addressed by physicians and clinicians that have worked very hard to learn how to help people struggling with this. If it is not addressed, the end result is usually prison or a grave.
Please reach out and ask for help if you need it. We are here, and we are here to help.