As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 600,000 people have died from opioid overdose between 2000 and 2016. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that young people ages 18-25 are a huge portion of opioid prescription abusers; most abuse opioids to find the “high” associated with it, while others may use it to help them study for exams. Katie Harvey, age 24, struggled with heroin addiction for three years, in and out of detox eight times altogether. By learning from others’ stories surrounding addiction and recovery, perhaps some light can be shed on the dangers of this and what we can do to help our loved ones seek treatment.
Katie’s story was shared by the New York Times. She explained that all previous attempts at recovery failed because the decision to seek treatment was someone else’s – not hers. She stated, “I haven’t even been doing enough to really get high, I’m just maintaining myself, so I don’t get sick”. Ms. Harvey experienced low self-esteem and had lied to her family many times because of her addiction. She stole jewelry from her mother and had sex with men to get money for drugs.
Honors student Katie Harvey was arrested in 2015 for prostitution charges as she negotiated money for sexual activity with an undercover detective who found an ad that she placed on an online site that was known for this type of illicit activity. Ms. Harvey responded to the article by stating on Facebook, “I’m really embarrassed over the article written about me. I’m really sorry to all my friends and family I’ve hurt through this nasty heroin addiction, and I hope one day I officially beat it. Thank you guys for your support”.
This young woman’s story shows that anyone, of any age and despite what would go against a “typical” person with an addiction, can experience hardships associated with it. Katie explained that her wish was that her story would shed light on the fact that many people with an addiction are good people, they just believe they need to do bad things because they don’t deserve any better. If you’re experiencing addiction, know that you do deserve better. Recovery is possible, and there are many resources – and people – out there to help you.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.