I am a psychologist with a degree in psychopharmacology. I evaluate and treat people with chronic pain; most will not have a pain-free day for the rest of their lives. None of them woke up one morning and decided to become opioid abusers or die of a heroin overdose. What they want most is good pain management.
After reading a recent story on opioid abuse, I had a couple of thoughts.
1) Why do we insist that drug and alcohol abusers must "hit rock bottom" before treatment will work? It isn't done with any other mental or physical illness. You don't have to lose your family, your job, your home, your friends and be on the verge of death to be treated for depression or cancer.