Moms on Drugs
In our November issue we cover a topic that you don’t hear much about: moms who are hooked on prescription drugs. Our story introduces you to three of them–all devoted, involved parents who started taking prescription meds for legitimate reasons, and then quickly enough spiraled into full-blown addicts. One mom was taking close to 55 pills a day, all while driving her three young children around. This woman was, at one point, a PTA president. The point: It can happen to anyone.
More than 18 million women ages 26 and older reported using prescription drugs for unintended uses in 2008, which is the most recent year for which stats are available. This means chances are good that someone you know is affected by this problem. Maybe you yourself are at risk? If you or someone you know needs help, these are useful resources.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse will give you more background on prescription drug abuse in America.
Narcotics Anonymous can help you determine whether you’re an addict.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration will help you find a drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment program near you.
Intervention Center tells you how you might go about having an intervention for a loved one.