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How the Opioid Epidemic is Affecting Millennials

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Opioid addiction reaches far beyond the person who is abusing painkillers or heroin.

The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. About 115 people die each day after overdosing on opioids. The economic burden of prescription painkiller abuse alone has been estimated at $78.5 billion a year.

But the statistics don’t tell the whole story, especially for Millennials.

Even if they have not abused opioids themselves, this generation has grown up surrounded by addiction. During some of their most formative years, they witnessed the damage addiction can do to an individual, their family, and society as a whole.

Here are two more statistics on the Opioid Epidemic in America: 42 percent of millennials personally know someone who has dealt with addiction, according to a poll by NBC News/GenForward. That number is even higher among white millennials, with a full 57 percent of white female millennials personally knowing someone with an opioid addiction.

The poll doesn’t say what effect that all has on millennials, but anyone who has seen a loved one succumb to addiction knows how life-changing it is. At a time when millennials should be building their lives and their families, there is the pain, worry, fears, and even financial stress.

The good news is that there is also hope.

Addiction is a disease that claims hundreds of lives each day, but there is a way to help.

Opioid Dependence and The Raleigh House

At The Raleigh House, we don’t just get the heroin or painkillers out of your system. It’s not much use being sober if you’re miserable.

Our true mission is to help our residents recover psychologically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially so that they can lead fulfilling, engaging lives. The goal is to help you live a clean, happy life again.

If you’d like to learn more, fill out our form or contact us today. We’re proud of our treatment programs for opioid and heroin addiction and would love the opportunity to tell you more about them.

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