A Day in the Life of an Addict: Joe L

“You’re breaking my heart.” They’re the only words Joe L.’s mother could say that day when her son called to ask for a favor. Maybe the details were different, but it was just another version of a story she’d heard before. There’s a check on the way but it hasn’t come in yet. Could she order him a pizza on her credit card and have it sent to his house? By then, Joe, in his early thirties, was nearly twenty years into his drug and alcohol addiction.

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Coping and Strategy Tips for Talking About Opioid Addiction

When someone special in your life is struggling with addiction, it's hard to watch them suffer. However, many individuals are fearful of confronting their friend or family member because of the way they might react. It's understandable. A lot is riding on a successful outcome, but we don't want you to feel alone in this situation. There are a few common concerns most people face when approaching someone they love about addiction. We've outlined some of the questions many people ask and have provided coping strategies to overcome them.

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How Do You Become Addicted To Prescription Painkillers?

It didn’t begin with a sports injury or from rummaging through someone’s medicine
cabinet. There was no root canal gone wrong or a fall from a ladder. For Brett O., a recovering
addict and Discovery Place alum, using prescription painkillers was, initially, purely
recreational. They were an add-on or supplement to some other mood-altering substance.

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