Opioid dependencies usually end one of 2 ways– healing or death.Monica Rudolph is a survivor. She’s been sober almost a year.Ryan Anderson didn’t make it. He died of an overdose in December.Ryan Anderson, of Coon Rapids, died of a heroin overdose in December 2017. His bride-to-be, Anne Emerson, is sharing his story in hopes it will encourage other addicts to seek aid. (Courtesy photo)Both ended up being addicts by taking prescription opioids. Rudolph was prescribed the powerful painkillers after a vehicle mishap. Anderson got them illicitly to experiment recreationally.Both wound up hooked on heroin. Rudolph and Anderson sought treatment for their addictions and had different experiences.Each day, Rudolph takes a prescription including a low dose of opioids called Suboxone. The mix of buprenorphine and naloxone assists soothe her cravings and keeps her from getting high.
“It permitted me to function generally and be a human being again,” Rudolph stated. “Whatever has actually turned around.” Anderson, of Coon Rapids, attempted a comparable treatment, but it didn’t stick.
He could not get access to other medications, such as naltrexone, an injection that supplies a monthlong decrease in opioid cravings and protects against overdose.Anne Emerson examines images of her and her future husband, Ryan Anderson, who passed away of a heroin overdose on Dec. 3, 2017. He had a hard time for years with his addiction, but continued to regression, she said.”If I could change one thing about an individual’s life and