Heroin use has risen five-fold in the past decade, with white Americans ages 18 to 44 accounting for the biggest rise. Heroin has been shown to give users an intense rush; when the drug is consumed, it binds immediately to opioid receptors in the brain and most often leads to a person experiencing warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and severe itching. Heroin is an opioid made from morphine, thus it is highly addictive.
People who have been addicted to heroin for long periods of time may go experience insomnia, constipation, abscesses, liver/kidney disease, and more. For those who have witnessed the damages of heroin through first-hand experience, recovery can seem miles away. Luckily, treatment is available and many people do recover.
For example, Kay Warren shared her story of learning about her brother’s addiction to heroin on Time Magazine. She expressed how frightened she was in hearing the news from him, and described him as being “one of the lucky ones” for seeking out treatment before it was too late. Kay Warren’s brother Andy was able to rebuild his life, and Kay and the rest of the family were able to rebuild theirs, too.
Rachel from CuriosityandHeroin.com stated that she struggled with abuse and much more as a child. She didn’t feel as though anyone cared about her, and she used heroin to help her cope. She became homeless and lost all of her money to support this addiction. It wasn’t until she asked a judge for court-ordered rehab that she made the decision to try – to really try this time. To sincerely focus on getting better, not just to lower her tolerance to the drug. It was then that Rachel found recovery and changed her life around. There’s others with similar stories.
Recovery is a lifelong process, but if you put in the hard work and dedication towards it, you will reap the benefits. While many people attempt to recover at home, they quickly find that participating in a residential treatment program works best because they are able to get the 24/7 support that they need. There is no circumstance besides death that dictates you cannot change your life for the better. We have so many resources now that make recovery much more possible.
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.