The opioid epidemic in the United States is a known crisis. Perhaps you've experienced addiction firsthand, or know someone who has. If so, you're not alone. Opioid use has skyrocketed in Wisconsin and is now a leading cause of death in the state, surpassing car crashes, suicide and breast cancer.
How To Know If You Have A Problem
Admitting that you're addicted to something is difficult. Consider the following:
- Have you ever tried to stop using, but couldn't?
- Have you ever taken a pill without knowing what would happen?
- Have you ever stolen opioids, or stolen money to buy them?
- Have you ever overdosed?
- Have you ever been arrested because of your use?
If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, then you might have an addiction problem. Fortunately, there's hope.
Increasing Treatment Options In Wisconsin
Wisconsin recognizes the gravity of the crisis and is moving to make resources available where they're needed most. Milwaukee County tops a recent list of state grant recipients from the Department of Health Services, receiving more money than any other county. Lawmakers plan to use the money to expand treatment, fund therapy programs and create other new supports for opioid users.
If you're looking for existing treatment programs--either for yourself or a loved one--you can find them here.
Managing Legal Jeopardy
In a perfect world, people with addiction issues would be able to get the help they need without getting involved the court system. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Many users find themselves facing criminal charges, which can carry serious consequences, including incarceration and job loss.
If you find yourself facing drug charges, don't underestimate the severity of the possible outcomes. You need to mount your best defense against any allegations to ensure that you get any help you need while minimizing the negative consequences. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to have charges reduced or to avoid a conviction altogether. Keep in mind that being charged with a crime isn't the end of the road; you just need the right legal help to protect your rights and future.