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ADDICTION RECOVERY: Reality or Myth - Part 2 OUD Treatment Options and Side Effects

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

From Treatment to Recovery - The journey from drug addiction to recovery begins with awareness of the need for change. Whether Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or any other type of SUD, recovery is possible. So... how does healing from addiction happen and what does "help" look like?

Many have made their way out of the entrails of addiction, so why can it not happen to you, your friend or relative, that person in your life who is ensnared by the false promises of euphoria. The number of deaths by opioid overdose surmounts the total number of deaths at a rate second only to heart attacks. The top 5 drugs people overdose on are fentanyl, prescription pain relievers, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

"Readers will cheer for Poses in this potent addition to the literature on drug addiction and recovery."—Kirkus Reviews

Here's a true story that can be an inspiration to all those who believe that there is no cure for addiction and give in and give up. Yes, we ARE capable of healing from addiction—with the right training and inspiration. Once the brain depends on external substances, it must be slowly adapted to less and less until it reaches a homeostatic state on its own. As it keeps getting saturated and depleted by external stimulants, the brain realizes the consequences and wants change. Loved ones and the medical industry help those afflicted with the disorder find the key to their success story.

In Part 1 of this series on recovery from addiction, we looked at the way the brain works and how it is affected by SUDs.

If you or your loved one are facing addiction to opioids, you are probably looking for the best option for treatment. Although there are many options available, finding the best one for you may take some research. In order to maximize your chance of recovery, we’ve compiled a list of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction.

The opioid epidemic is responsible for the longest sustained decline in US life expectancy since the time of World War I and the Great Influenza. By 2017, nearly 50,000 Americans had died from an opioid overdose - with an estimated two million more living with opioid addiction every day.

The book "The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs to Know" is an accessible, nonpartisan overview of the causes, politics, and treatments tied to the most devastating health crisis of our time. Its comprehensive approach and Q&A format offer listeners a practical path to understanding the epidemic from all sides: the basic science of opioids; the nature of addiction; the underlying reasons for the opioid epidemic; effective approaches to helping individuals, families, communities, and national policy; and common myths related to opioid addiction.

If you or your loved one is facing OUD, I hope you are probably asking more than just Google for the best option(s) for treatment. Although there are many options available, finding the best one for you may take some research in order to maximize your chance of recovery.

The estimated cost of the OPIOID EPIDEMIC was $504 BILLION in 2015.2

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) may be is a disease with underlying ces and science doesn't have a magic pill or vaccine, BUT it can be reversed, OVERCOME, ended. It may take more than medication, more than talk therapy, both individual or group therapy, it may take Faith and as many attempts as necessary, for an individual's total recovery. And just like it takes a village to raise a child, support from friends, family, and the health system's willingness to include wholesome remedies in the health insurance equation, an addicted person suffering from substance use disorder will overcome and be free from the disorder.