It started as a helpful prescription for pain. A doctor prescribed codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, or some other prescription painkiller to ease the pain resulting from a surgery, accident, or chronic condition. Over time, your tolerance levels rise and you find yourself taking more and more of your medication to get the same results—or simply to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms. If this is your story, do not be ashamed. This happens every single day all over the country. In fact, opiate addiction has become a national epidemic, but there is still hope. Many people have already found hope and healing, and so can you.