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        Commitment to Recovery Lesson Plan | Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

        In this lesson, to be used with the program Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Prescription Painkiller Addiction, students will learn about the treatment options for prescription drug addiction and just how difficult the recovery truly is.

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        Teresa has worked hard for recovery because of her son.

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        The Science of Addiction | Tragedy & Hope

        Addiction is a disease of the brain, as students will learn from this segment of "Tragedy & Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction." Opiates relieve physical pain but are sometimes misused for emotional pain. Stimulants produce a carefree, elevated experience. These drugs reprogram the brain and when a person comes down from them, they are very depressed. Some addiction-prone people may feel a need for the drug much like hunger tells us to eat and thirst tells us to drink. Those with a family history of addiction are born with a genetic predisposition to addiction. Additionally, because the brain is still developing until approximately age 25, individuals who begin to use drugs while they are young are more likely to develop an addiction.

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        Treatment and Relapse

        In this video segment from Tragedy & Hope, we learn the importance of recognizing a relapse and the types of treatment available. It is important to push someone into treatment even if they are not ready because the ending is much worse when the addiction is given more time. Early relapse can be deadly because the tolerance is gone and the same dose could cause overdose. Detox can take 3-7 days and be followed with outpatient treatment and group therapy. However, because in this situation, people return to their old environment, inpatient treatment may be necessary. These programs last 28 days and teach the difference between the addicted and authentic self. The beginning is the most difficult part and relapse can be part of the recovery process. It is important to keep seeking help.

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        Nick is a treatment counselor who has seen all sides of addiction.

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