A story like this reminds us that standing behind most addicted individuals are loving, caring people — friends and family members — who are part of their journey towards addiction recovery.
Few public health officials and doctors in the state of PA would argue with the idea that opiate-related overdoses and deaths are on the rise in the Commonwealth. In fact, they have been for decades. It is now 2015, and things look worse than ever.
First and foremost, understand that opiate tolerance is not a permanent state. However, the dangers of opiate tolerance are very real.
As those who suffer from chronic pain know, persistent physical pain doesn’t just affect the body – it plagues a person’s mind and emotions as well. The lingering suffering of the body makes it difficult to think clearly, to focus on tasks, and to maintain balanced emotions. It often leads to anxiety, depression, anger, and continued stress.