Chasing The Dragon the Life of an Addict
A DEA and FBI documentary created to address the addiction epidemic
Chasing the Dragon the Life of an Addict video is a great contribution to addressing the ongoing epidemic that is happening across the nation particularly with prescription opiate medication and heroin.
The young the old no one is exempt. You will note that addiction does not discriminate as you will see it affects all income levels and higher education does not matter. Hopefully watching this video will give you some insight into the life of an addict. Hopefully you will with your new knowledge be in a better position to help someone and yes perhaps understand that you need help.
Having worked in the field of alcoholism and substance abuse for over 20 years the one thing that never seemed to change is that people who were addicted to prescription opiates did not identify with the clients who were on the program for heroin addiction. It took longer to get through to many of them because he/she did not view themselves as an addict like the IV user and was more resistant to treatment. It took sometime to get them to come around. Addiction is addiction, and opiate is opiate regardless the form or preferred delivery method you chose. How you got there does matter in relation to your recovery plan however, the work to recover is the same regardless the journey.
Several years I have worked in medicated assisted treatment clinics. In 2008 our client profile started to change. We had primarily heroin users dosing daily receiving methadone treatment. Then the recession came and as people lost jobs then healthcare they started to show up in our clinics having spent time buying pills on the street. Percocet (oxycodone) is sold for $30.00 per pill and sometimes more a serious incentive to turn to methadone treatment. Before we knew it the prescription drug users out numbered the heroin users. Here we are in 2015 and as I travel the country surveying clinics for CARF and accreditation board I see the same in many states.
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