Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reset Reality :: Support for Overcoming Opioid Dependence

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Opioid dependence – also known as opioid prescription painkiller and heroin addiction – is a chronic disease affecting increasingly more Americans each year. Yet opioid dependence is still often stigmatized as just bad behavior, poor judgment and weak morals of the affected. This is not necessarily true. It can happen to anyone, and it happened to me, even though it was for just a matter of weeks.

As I've shared before, the proper pain management of my c-section surgery resulted in myself becoming increasingly needy for my prescribed opioid painkillers. Over time prescription painkillers can alter the brain’s chemistry by “resetting” the brain so you begin to physically and psychologically feel you need opioid prescription painkillers just to get through the day. Yep, that was me, until I reached out for help. is public health initiative designed to spread awareness and understanding about the prevalence, science and treatment of opioid prescription painkiller addiction in the United States. It encourages those living with prescription painkiller addiction to step back, reflect and hit the “reset” button by working with a healthcare professional to work towards creating a new “reality.” Reaching out for help with my increasing dependence on my prescription painkillers was how I was able to reset my reality, and that's the goal of this great online resource.

At Reset Reality you can find information and tools to help learn about opioid dependence, including a symptom screener and a resource to find a doctor that is certified to treat opioid prescription painkiller and/or heroin addiction.
Additionally, check out Reset Reality's community called “Words of Reality” where you can share your story or show messages of support to others. These stories of real people that have reset their reality are inspiring, and proof that you can get better if you're struggling with opioid dependence. 

Help a family member or friend struggling with opioid dependence. Get them started on the track to wellness and a better reality with Reset Reality.



Tammy said...

As a nurse, I see this oh so often in my patients. Doctors often either over prescribe pain meds, or, on the other hand, in fear of this, they refuse to give pain medication to people who need it. It is a tricky line to walk.

Brittney Minor said...

I love the idea of resetting reality! I think this is a great practice for anybody that is struggling.

Mindy Cole said...

I think this is great for them people who need help