Opiates are extremely addicting drugs.
You may know some of them well:
Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet)
Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)
The euphoria of an opiate, and the release from emotional and physical pain, makes opiate use appealing, but countless people in the public eye demonstrate the serious dangers of opiate abuse and addiction.
Nicole Richie was on a path to jail or death. Those were pretty much her two inevitable endings after years of heroin and alcohol addiction followed by a dependence on Vicodin.
When legal consequences became her reality, Nicole went to rehab in 2003. After enduring a grueling detoxification process, as is the case with opiate addicts, and what seemed like a successful stint in rehab, Nicole Richie once again abusing opiates and found herself, once again, facing legal consequences of her substance-abusing behaviors.
In 2007, Nicole was sentenced to 4 days in jail and 3 years of probation following a driving while intoxicated (DUI) charge. At the same time, Nicole announced that she was 4 months pregnant.
Motherhood changed Nicole Richie’s opiate-abusing ways. She got clean so she could be the mother she believed her daughter, Harlow deserved. Nicole released a statement saying, “I owe this baby everything and I have a responsibility now. I’m now responsible for someone else. I need to set the right example.”
Sadly Nicole Richie is the exception. Many celebrities who are addicted to opiates do not seek the treatment that’s needed, and the message is sent to the public that drugs are okay, and even cool.
If you, or someone you care about, has been abusing opiates, it is time to find opiate addiction help.
Medically-monitored detox is the first step. Ridding your system of the toxic substance is necessary, and can be unbearable without assistance. Appropriate medications can be administered to ease the symptoms of withdrawal to make you, or your loved one, more comfortable.
Once the opiate is out of your body, you can begin formal drug rehab.
A good inpatient treatment program will use traditional and holistic therapeutic approaches to break down each addict’s individual barriers to recovery so a new substance-free life can begin.
Seek help now for an opiate addiction!
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