One of the most tragic aspects of opioid abuse is that it often leads to babies being born addicted to opioids. The link between pregnant mothers and their babies is profound, and if the mother struggles with opioid addiction during her pregnancy, her baby will as well.
My dad always used to say, "nothing changes if nothing changes." Over the past year, we've seen the mortality rate from drugs and alcohol spike to epidemic levels. People are dying at an alarming rate, so alarming that the CDC recently reported that heroin overdoses now outnumber gun homicides.
Over all, researchers estimated that out of every 48 patients who were sent home with a prescription, one would end up using opioids long-term, which researchers defined as at least 180 days of medication over a year. Chronic opioid use, particularly in older people, can contribute to spiraling problems: constipation, confusion, falls and addiction.
Feelings of Uncertainty After Rehab Many people in recovery have been there. You've gone through a treatment program and completed it successfully-and then you relapsed. Or, you've had some success in using your newfound tools to stay clean, but lately you feel like you're struggling. Now you're asking yourself: should I go back to treatment?