The answer to that question is very simple. There are very few people who choose to become addicted to anything. The people that say that they chose this have issues way beyond the scope of this post.
The elders I spoke about yesterday certainly did not choose to become addicted to opiates. For crying out loud, they were prescribed these drugs for a purpose – or so they thought!
What I have learned from a very reliable source is that the human brain has a built in pain stabilizing mechanism in it. When a person takes prescription medications, it is supposed to be for a short length of time; a time to give the brain a rest; allowing it to stabilize while the drugs do the work for a while.
The problem is, the more opiates one takes, the more they need. The more they need, the more the brain doesn’t have to do what it was originally created to do, thus it stops doing it altogether and the person needs more and more drugs.
If an elderly caregiver realizes this and knows that their charge is addicted, they should also know that there is still help for their client. If they can get them to some kind of rehabilitation, the brain still has a shot of taking back over. If they can do this, they are definitely proving that With Age Comes Respect!