Man shows it is possible to recover from painkiller addiction

By Staff Writer

Addiction to painkillers and prescription drugs can be extremely difficult to overcome, and some individuals may be tempted to give in to their dependencies. However, drug addiction treatment can provide positive results that often enable addicts to kick their habits.

Bobby Webb, a 24-year-old from the Southeast, became addicted to prescription medications as an adolescent, as he found them easy to obtain from the medicine cabinets of his family and friends, according to the Tennessean.

However, he was able to overcome his addiction, and is now leading informational classes with his mother to teach other parents about the warning signs of drug addiction, and when to seek help from rehab facilities.

“A common misconception exists that prescription drug addiction is an inner-city problem, and we’re blanketed from it,” Webb told the news source. “That’s completely the opposite: prescription drug abuse is a bigger problem here in suburbia.”

Prescription painkillers are now considered the new “gateway drug” as abuse often leads to the use of other drugs. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than two million Americans abuse prescription medications.