“Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million struggled with prescription opiate addiction and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin,” according to the American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM) (2016).
Americans are Facing an Opiate Addiction Crisis
In 2016, it was reported that, on average, 116 people died from opioid overdoses every day and 11.5 million people were misusing prescription opioids (National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)). Dr. Richard Montgomery graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in the late 90s. He now works with the aversion therapy program at Schick Shadel Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He and other psychologists have helped countless people overcome their addictions and regain their life. The opioid crisis is huge news in America. But what have we heard about the amazing recovery stories and the strong, determined individuals who have overcome the addiction to opiates?
Opiate Addiction Can Develop from Prescription Medication
According to the Washington Post, Ryan O’Callaghan’s recovery story is just amazing. O’Callaghan played as an offensive lineman for the University of California before he was recruited by the New England Patriots. He later transferred to the Kansas City Chiefs. Although O’Callaghan had great opportunities and a career in football, he was facing many hardships in life. O’Callaghan planned to end his life so that no one would know that he was gay. A shoulder injury in 2008 ended his career with the Patriots and he transferred to the Chiefs. Battling these injuries and hidden secrets, O’Callaghan turned to opiates for relief. This is where his opiate addiction began.
“It helped with the pain of the injuries, and with the pain of being gay,” O’Callaghan told Outsports. “I just didn’t worry about being gay when I took the Vicodin. I just didn’t worry.”
Know When to Seek Professional Help
O’Callaghan became very suicidal and he began visiting a psychologist. Being able to regain his strength and accept himself, O’Callaghan came out to his psychiatrist and to his Chief’s General Manager, Scott Pioli in 2011. Pioli supported O’Callaghan and O’Callaghan began coming out to all his close friends and family members. He was able to get his life back together and overcome the opioid addiction with the support of doctors, friends, and family.
Ryan O’Callaghan was able to overcome his addiction and realize the importance of this life. Anyone is capable of overcoming opiate addiction with the proper help and support!
No one should have to face down their addiction alone. Our team of professionals at Schick Shadel Hospital is here to assist you in your journey to recovery. Over the past 80 years, our addiction treatment center has helped 80,000 patients regain control of their lives. Give us a call at (800) 272-8464, or fill out our online form to send us a confidential message.