A recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy estimated 21 million Americans to be grappling with substance abuse disorder. Studies have indicated that most cases of drug addiction involve opioids.
Opioid addiction is not limited to a few Americans, it has spread among millions, irrespective of their gender, race, financial and social background. Prescription medications were first introduced in the U.S. as a game changer in medical science and were used for acute pain. Doctors wrote prescriptions in large numbers, resulting in overprescribing of opioids.
After the pain subsided, these analgesics were shared and disposed of with carelessness. This resulted in people using it without considering any medical advice. Consuming prescription pain relievers in a manner and dosage not advised by medical practitioners led to a large number of people abusing them that consequently led to dependence and addiction.
The problem of opioid addiction can also be seen in celebrities whom people love to emulate. Some celebrities whose names are synonymous with current or past opioid abuse are:
- Jamie Lee Curtis: Known for her roles in two horror films namely “Halloween” and “Prom Night,” Curtis was a victim of prescription drugs. She got dependent on painkillers which she had to take after a cosmetic procedure. In an interview with the Reader’s Digest, Curtis confessed, “I would anesthetize myself on a daily basis. And I found painkillers were very helpful because they did the job without the messiness of alcohol. When my mother was so ill, there was a lot of pain medicine around.”
A recovering addict, Curtis has worked hard to get rid of her addiction and is currently on the board for the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at the Columbia University.
- Cindy McCain: Wife of United States Senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Cindy McCain revealed that emotional strain and physical stress led her to painkiller addiction. After two surgeries, McCain got addicted to Percocet and Vicodin and had continued to consume them since then.
Her severe addiction forced her to steal pills from the American Voluntary Medical Team, an organization founded by her to help developing countries. In an interview, McCain revealed, “I was an addict. I tell you, addiction is a very cunning enemy.”
When asked about issues she would like to bring to the table in case she became the First Lady, McCain had said she would deal with the prescription drug abuse as her own experiences with opioids had taught her valuable lessons on addiction that she would like to share with the nation.
- Rush Limbaugh: Very few celebrities have come out in the open regarding their problems with opioid addiction and entertainer and radio host show Rush Limbaugh is one of them. Limbaugh confessed about his painkiller addiction on his radio show and said, “You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct: I am addicted to prescription pain medication. I refuse to let anyone think I am doing something great here, when there are people you never hear about, who face long odds and never resort to such escapes. They are the role models.”
Recovery from opioid addiction is possible
It is difficult to get rid of addictions. However, the tough part is acceptance of the problem, especially if one is looked upon as a role model by the world. Recovery from an addiction depends on the nature and extent of addiction, but it is not impossible due to the availability of innovative treatment methods.
If you know someone who is addicted to prescription medications, seek help from the prescription drug abuse treatment centers immediately. They can help one recover from the addiction and cure its harmful effects. To learn more about the prescription drug abuse treatment clinics, contact the Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-450-1557 to get immediate help regarding any prescription drug abuse issues.
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