Topic of the Month: The Opioid Epidemic
“Recently, news organizations and social media channels have increased exposure of devastating images of addiction, especially photos and videos of people overdosing or near-death, sometimes with their children nearby.”
“Depression runs in my family.
I didn’t know that for a long time. But once I found out, it was a relief of sorts, because a light bulb went off in my head, and I suddenly had an explanation for some difficult things that were going on in my world.”
Lynn who has been clean for six years
“I wish people understood how much I wanted to stop, how much I hated what my life had become. I think people assume that there is a lot more choice involved than there is. But I don’t think anyone really chooses to become a heroin addict.“
Wendy, who has been seven years sober
“I was a Registered Nurse. I never imagined that I could become addicted to opiates … lose everything I owned. I wound up homeless, on public assistance. Lost my license to practice, was chronically in trouble, in court, arrested.”