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Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Seven: Let’s Give YOU a Voice!
What follows are some of the voices of my gentle readers. If you are not among them, please try to understand, and feel their pain…

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Six: Without Opioids, a Decent Life becomes Impossible
When Jeremy came to see me in my office last year, his demeanor said it all: Rumpled jacket, pained expression, and the quiet, tremulous voice of a man who never in his entire life believed he’d wind up in a therapist’s office. “My doctor abruptly stopped prescribing me Oxy,” he told me when I asked him what was wrong, “and the pain is making me crazy.” As I looked into his eyes, and saw the depth of his emotional and physical pain, my own heart began to ache as well.

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Three: What is an Opioid, and is Accidental Addiction Possible?
Some opioids create over 100 times more endorphins than the body produces naturally, causing feelings of happiness and joy in addition to relief from pain.

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Two: Killing us Softly
Here’s the shocking truth: Opioids are projected to kill roughly half a million people across the country over the next five years.