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Facing Opioid’s Deadly Grip

My daughter’s addition was really causing me lots of sleepless nights.  I didn’t call it that at first.  I bought her story that she was just suffering from the lingering effects of the injuries she had suffered when she broke her collarbone, and arm in a terrible car accident.  She said she still needed relief and that I shouldn’t worry.  She just needed a little more money so she could get something to help her sleep. I struggled with helping her and not enabling her.  Then I got the call I feared most.  She had overdosed.

Now those nightly news reports of the staggering number of deaths in the U.S. hit home.  It wasn’t just “those people” anymore – suddenly, it was me.  Us. My solidly middle-class life was turned upside down.  There was one consolation – she was alive, but just barely, and had been air-lifted to a town nearby.  I just had to get to her.

Fortunately, I had used a Groupon for a vacation to the Bahamas and knew I could shop the site to find a place to stay.  And sure enough, there was a Groupon deal for Extended Stay Hotels that I could use right away.  The easy to use Groupon and the caring and supportive customer service I received from Extended Stay made the difficult trip so much easier.

It was a relief to finally get to the hospital and see her.  Once that was over, I returned to my room and made a quick meal.  I found comfort in being able to cook and eat what I needed to nourish me.  I even found washing the dishes soothing.  And the room had everything I needed to get back to work on the proposal I had to submit in a few days.

America is going through a drug crises and facing a record number of overdoses this year.  Many of these overdoses are from the abuse of opioids, a powerful painkiller.  Research shows that many people become dependent on the pills after being subscribed them after surgery.  Some can’t stomach the medicinal effects and stop using opioids as quickly as possible.   Others continue using them because of the euphoria they feel.   As the person seeks the high, their body starts to tolerate the dosage and they need more and more to achieve that same euphoric feeling.  Unfortunately, my daughter was one of those who chased the high.

If was a difficult period, but she made it through.  Her near death experience has changed her determination to beat the disease.  And I’m learning the boundaries I need to respect.  Together, we’ll see this through.

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