The Cost of Addiction
“More than 115 people in the United States die every day from overdosing on opioids.”
“Prescription opioid misuse in the United States accounts for $78.5 billion a year in costs related to health care, lost productivity, and crime.”
“About 21 percent to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them and between 8 percent and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder.”
Sadly, these statistics have become an element of our public description concerning opioids. What is largely absent in this description are the repercussions families endure because of substance use disorders — the inadvertent “collateral damage” of the opioid crisis.
Substance use disorders prohibit an individual from being fully engaged with their family. In some cases, substance use and addiction may result in violence, neglect, and financial insecurity. The remaining family members, achingly cognizant of the absence of obligation of their loved one, sustain their own schemes of hardships — experiencing depression, anger, anxiety, or helplessness. The toll this exacts on family members’ health, well-being, and productivity is very compelling and very palpable.
And when a family member struggling with addiction fatally overdoses, the grief felt by the remaining family left behind often impacts their other relationships, health, and capacity to push onward. While recovery after the loss of an addicted loved one appears incomprehensible, seeking aid from others — or providing aid to others — can help in dealing with the loss.
At Suboxone Doctor Orange Park, we recognize the ripple effect of addiction and the need for treatment to continue beyond the addicted individual. Addiction professionals who treat individuals with substance use disorders are recommended to seek out opportunities that embrace family engagement. This provides aid for the addicted individual and family members as they navigate the road to acceptance, survival, and recovery.
If you or a family member are addicted to Opioids (pain pills, dilaudid, or heroin); call us, The Expert Suboxone Doctor Orange Park. We are currently accepting new patients 904-999-9064