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Am I Addicted to Opioids?

The Dangers of Opioid Abuse

In 2019, an estimated 10.1 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year.  Over 770,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose.  Two out of three overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid.  This is an alarming rate of fatal opioid drug overdoses.  One dose can create serious and potentially fatal health problem and change your life forever.  Know the danger and know there is hope…providing you GET HELP NOW!

Here are some common Opioid’s (prescription painkillers) on the market:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
  • Morphine (Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin)
  • Codeine (Various Brand Names)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Methadone (Various Brand Names)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)

People who tend to be addicted to opioids will never truly understand they are addicted.  And because of this, they will live life in denial. People suffering from addiction have a hard time truly seeing through the fog in order to get help. If you’re reading this, please take this honest opioid addiction assessment below.  It can save your life!

  1. Do you “need” to take an opioid as soon as you receive it?
  2. Is your dosage of opioids increasing over time to get the same effect as you did in the past?
  3. What has happened when you tried to stop on your own…do you get sweaty, agitated, anxious or have flu like symptoms?
  4. Have you found yourself missing days at work or having more mistakes happen at work due to opioid use?
  5. Are relationships around you falling apart because of opioid use?
  6. Has your heart or lungs suffered any issues like pneumonia, infections, etc?
  7. Are opioids depleting your finances?
  8. Do you commit illegal acts to obtain opioids or money to buy opioids?
  9. Have opioids become the focal point of your life…where family & work become?
  10. Do you reason with yourself as to why you should be taking opioids?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you likely have a serious opioid addiction problem and the Opioid Treatment Center in Milwaukee can very much help you. We offer the most effective and friendly addiction suboxone treatment in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. Please click on the button below to GET HELP NOW!

According to NCBI…in 2017, approximately 769,000 adolescents misused prescription opioids and 14,000 used heroin in the past year; an estimated 103,000 adolescents had an opioid abuse disorder in the past year.  Although estimates vary by year and geographic area, in 2016, approximately 60% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids, and 86% were classified as unintentional.  Please know, the majority of our kids today that abuse opioids get them from family, friends, and those close to them.  As a parent, here are the signs you need to look for in your child:

  1. Seeing an increase of your child getting in trouble at school or with the law
  2. Lack interest in anything such as sports, hobbies, extracurricular activities
  3. Is your child missing classes, are their grades declining
  4. Lack of personal hygiene, proper sleep, and is isolating
  5. Are their old friendships fading…are they beginning new friendships with individuals that lack accountability
  6. Are they having issues at work

If any of these symptoms are present it is definitely worth speaking to your child and trying to get them help. Here are a few methods that we recommend for helping your child:

  1. Educate yourself on the severity of opioids
  2. Learn how you can have a direct yet heart-felt loving conversation with your child on the ultimate effects the drugs will have and how’s there is hope.
  3. Learn about opioid addiction treatment such as our Suboxone treatment and how it works
  4. Be careful in being a part of your child’s problem, like providing money to feed their opioid addiction
  5. Make sure you make decisions for your child…even if unpopular.  Example, taking away privileges to using your car.
  6. Let your child know you’ll be there for them, without judgement…that you handle the process with love
  7. Mae the step to have your child evaluated by a medical professional who is trained to evaluate addictions

At Opioid Addiction Treatment Center, we have a lifetime in helping to get peoples’ lives back on track.  And know we offer the most effective addiction treatment options like Suboxone treatment and we serve Milwaukee, Mequon, Brookfield, Germantown and the surrounding areas. Don’t do this alone.  We’re here to help!  GET HELP NOW button and contact us.

According to NSC , 75% of employers say their workplace is impacted by opioids.  Despite widespread impact, only 17% of employers feel extremely well prepared to deal with the issue. “The opioid crisis is truly encompassing nearly every aspect of American lives. Today’s survey confirms that the No. 1 cause of preventable death is not just taking its toll on our home lives, but companies across the country are also grappling with the impact of this epidemic,” said Nick Smith, interim president and CEO of NSC. “If there is a silver lining, it’s that we have an opportunity to gain the attention and resources of American businesses to combat this societal scourge.

How can you, as an employer be prepared?  Here is a list of things you can do an owner, employer, HR professional, or supervisor:

  1. The first step is educating yourself on the legalities of dealing with type of situation. It is best to consult your HR professional and legal counsel due to several laws on the books that exist to protect discrimination like the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act), and many state laws and regulations that will need to navigate. Although it might seem like your hands are tied there are still many options at your disposal.
  2. Give proper training to manager and supervisors. Ensure they have a proper understanding of the laws, drug testing policies, drug-free workplace via the company’s policy. Educate them on how to spot and identify potential opioid abuse symptoms and signs. If they suspect this is the case, make sure they speak to management, an HR professional, or appropriate person in your company.
  3. Give proper educational opportunities for your employees to understand and how to recognize the dangers of opioid abuse and how it could impact themselves, their family, and their employer and job.
  4. Mandatory drug testing may not alert the company to someone using or abusing opioids. Watch for patterns of the workplace behavior which may suggest substance abuse.  Missed days at work, job performance dropping, change in behavior are all potential symptoms of an opioid addiction.
  5. Make sure that your company’s drug policy is properly disseminated company wide.

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Opioid Addiction is a serious life and death issue.  To simply avoid getting help for an addiction to opioids will lead you down a path that will destroy your life…could even take your life.
Please, take the first step to recovery.  Click here to set an appointment.  At Opioid Treatment Center, we offer the most effective addiction treatment options like Suboxone treatment, Subutex treatment, and other treatment options like Vivitrol to ensure that you get the proper help you need. You can take you life back…and we’re here to help make that happen!

We serve all of Milwaukee, Mequon, Brookfield, Germantown as well as the surrounding areas and would love to help you. GET HELP NOW by clicking below and sending us an email or giving us a call. We are here to support you through this hard time. GET HELP NOW.

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