American Families and Opioid Addiction: Learning the Facts

In the United States, there has been a war on drugs for decades. However, over the past ten to twenty years that war has almost entirely shifted to combat opioid addiction. Opioid addiction can be an addiction to prescription painkillers or it can be an addiction to illicit substances like heroin. Opioid addiction has become an epidemic in America, and there has been a recent survey that has shed some light on the way it’s affecting American families.

The survey was conducted by the American Family Survey, and it is a nationwide poll that takes a look at the attitudes Americans have on family issues, marriage, parenting, etc. The 2017 survey showed that 12 percent of adults reported having a family member who was addicted to opioids. The survey also showed that 5 percent of the adults surveyed reported being addicted to opioids themselves. There were 3,000 adults that were polled in the survey, and the authors of the survey indicate that there may be underreporting on this issue.

People who were struggling with an addiction to opioids were more likely to have financial issues, the survey resported. The survey also reported that an opioid addiction was felt significantly by the family and loved ones. This is why groups like Nar-Anon have become popular.

Narcotics Anonymous is the 12-step program for those who are addicted to drugs, and Nar-Anon is a sister organization dedicated to the loved ones of those who suffer from drug addiction. In Nar-Anon meetings, loved ones can share their experiences with each other and lean on each other for strength. It can be helpful if you have a loved one who is addicted to opioids to be able to talk about it with someone who understands what you’re going through.

If you are struggling with an opioid addiction or if you know someone who is, the most important thing that you can do is seek treatment. This may mean inpatient care or outpatient care at a treatment facility. It will likely mean medically supervised detox. But you want to make sure you get help as soon as possible. It’s not only you who’s suffering; it’s also likely that your family and friends are suffering as well.