by Dr. Devin Shoquist

Q: My husband and I are both working professionals, but we’ve become addicted to pain killers. We want treatment, but are afraid we could lose our jobs. What can we do?

A: You are not alone. Unfortunately there has been a huge resurgence of opiate (heroin and morphine) and opioid (prescription pain killers) addiction in our country in recent years. It’s probably one of our dirtiest secrets because it affects people from all walks of life and can be hidden for a long time, but it eventually becomes such a devastating addiction.

Most people convince themselves that they are “fine” and have their habit under control, but all the while the drug is impairing brain function (emotional regulation, memory, etc.) and slowly eroding the person’s work performance, relationships, and sense of emotional well being.

There is hope! There are new medications and outpatient treatment programs that can be suited to meet your needs and get your life back on track. Get help now; you won’t regret it.

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