Mothers in the United States are held to a very high standard in most communities. They feel as though they have to be super moms. There are the stay-at-home moms who takes care of the home and children. She does her best to keep her home clean and comfortable. Then there is the career mom who works and also takes care of the kids. The third category is the mothers that are the bread-winners who provide all the income for the home, takes care of the kids and has multiple duties. Super moms are under extreme pressure and for some, they find themselves turning to prescription pills to help them with their daily duties and the way they feel.
Prescription pills are looked at differently in the United States as compared to most countries. We as Americans believe there is a pill for every ailment. We as a society would rather pop a pill to help with a symptom than start exercising and change our diets. If you look at the pharmaceuticals, there is a pill for every symptom under the sun. Because of this way of thinking and living, we have made the pharmaceutical industry a multibillion dollar industry. For this reason, moms who are under stress look to their doctor for anti-anxiety medications to help with their anxiety and to keep them calm. Moms are even taking their children's attention deficit disorder pills like Adderall or Ritalin to give themselves a boost.
Moms just like anybody else have been dabbling with opiate prescription painkillers. They are no different from other people who have the desire to use. Over the past decade, as the numbers have reached epidemic levels, mothers too are suffering from addiction to opiates. In the past decade there has been a 400 percent increase in the number of American's treated for prescription painkiller abuse. Among the most popular prescription narcotics are OxyContin, Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, Percodan and Lortab. Moms are not immune to this trend. Recent studies show that the number of newborns in opiate withdrawal has tripled in the past decade. Without professional help, addicted moms are not likely to stop abusing opiates as their children grow.
Moms are under an enormous amount of pressure to perform as the breadwinner and primary care giver. It is looking like moms are literally killing themselves to be super moms and to do it all, usually with little family or community support. Moms can easily become addicted to opiates because they love the way they make them feel and for many it gives them energy. It is very hard to find the time to go through withdrawal when you have children. I often hear from mothers who want so badly to get clean but they have young children that they need to care for. They can not neglect the children to go through withdrawals. At the same time, they do not have the energy to keep up with them when they don't have their drugs, so they continue the cycle and to them they do not see any end.