Opiate addiction: Suboxone, Methadone, in home therapy, and genetic testing as ways to treat an epidemic.
Angel Blackburn was only 15 years old when her life began to journey down a dangerous empty road. She was at that age where a social life was everything. Growing up in a small town known to have a substantial drug abusing population, did not make it easy to stay on a positive path. Angel started hanging around a new group of friends who were experimenting with the use of opiates as something to pass the time and have fun with. She started using heroin just sporadically with friends.
After a short time, it became an increasing need for the feeling of that high, a way to escape life. Angel started lying, borrowing money and stealing just to find her next fix. She pushed those closest to her away and hurt anyone who cared for her. She stopped attending school on a regular basis and was finally sent to a center for unruly teens. Nothing seemed to be enough to help Angel and she wasn’t willing to accept any help provided. Angel met the person who pushed her to seek help and they fell in love. As their relationship progresses Angel still struggled to craw from under the watchful eye of addiction, until her partner gave birth to their daughter. It was a wakeup call, Angel now felt motivated to enter treatment in the form of counseling and drug therapy. The combination on these treatments paired with her love for her daughter Jada, Angel conquered her addiction and lives a sober, fulfilling life.
Opiate addiction is a huge problem in America and it needs to be eradicated. There are many different methods of treatment being practiced worldwide. Looking into innovative ways to treat opiate addiction will be useful in getting this problem under control. There are methadone clinics nationwide providing treatment for those dependent on heroin or other opiates. Also the use of suboxone is becoming an increasingly common method of detoxing addicts in a safer way. Newer...