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The Opioid Addict Next Door Finds Recovery

27 September 2016 Written by 

Sarah Wilson, wife and mother of four, became addicted to opioid pain medications after she suffered severe injuries from getting hit by an intoxicated driver about eight-years-ago.

She was almost three years into her recovery from addiction to hydrocodone before anyone outside of her immediate family knew.

Wilson said that people are always surprised to learn that she was an addict. She said many have a certain image that people who suffer from addiction are junkies, or in her words “people like that.”

“But I’m ‘people like that,'“ she said.

And she's not alone.

Some 2.1 million people abused prescription pain opioid pain relievers in 2012 alone, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.

Many organizations are working to combat opioid use disorder, a medical condition defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Others aren’t sure what to do, and some feel as though it’s not their battle to fight, claiming that using drugs is a choice made by the user.

Tom Hill, senior adviser on addiction and recovery at the Substance Abuse Treatment Center of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said addiction affects everyone in some way.

Hill said that there needs to be a change in attitudes regarding addiction, and openly discussing the subject will help. He noted that diseases like cancer and HIV/AIDS were once taboo subjects as well.

The stigma of addiction may prevent people from openly talking about it, which creates a "culture of secrecy," as Hill put it.

Content Orginally Published By: Samantha Nelson @USA Today

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