There has been a resurgence of heroin addiction in the United States today. However now, it is an entirely different group which is becoming addicted to this drug. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, those addicted to heroin were unsavory types who did not work or have any kind of productive lives. Today it is a much different story. Much of the heroin addiction presently has been born out of prescription drug addiction.
Prescription Drug Addiction
People with legitimate reasons for needing prescription painkillers are becoming addicted to these drugs. They develop a tolerance to the drug over time and need more and more to relieve the pain with which they are dealing. Painkillers are opiates or more often known as narcotics. These painkillers are very addictive and create a euphoric feeling along with easing the pain.
Hence, the addiction factor is there immediately. People like the idea of the sense of euphoria and that all is well, no worries and no pain. Who wouldn’t like this feeling? Right.
As the patient needs more and more of the prescription painkiller, they may start doctor shopping (going from doctor to doctor) to obtain as much of the drug as needed. This practice is not as common now as it was earlier before the federal government started monitoring the use of prescription painkillers as closely as they do now. This is also a reason that physicians won’t refill this medication on and on for patients.
From Prescription Painkillers to Heroin Addiction
Once the individual starts searching for prescription painkillers by other methods, it becomes harder and harder to obtain them. They may get them from family and friends for a while, but this can only continue for a certain amount of time. They may start stealing them when the occasion arises. Then they resort to purchasing the drugs on the street by illegal methods. To procure them this way is much more expensive than obtaining prescriptions from physicians. There is a significant demand for painkillers on the street, so they are expensive.
Heroin gives the user the same effects, such as pain relief and euphoria, and is less expensive on the street. Much of the heroin sold in the United States comes from Mexico. It can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Heroin is a white or brown powder. Dealers cut this drug with other substances to make more money on the street when selling it. Because of all of the different strengths of this drug and the user never knowing what power they are getting, there is a real potential for overdose.
Inpatient Rehab for Addiction
If you or a loved one have been struggling with heroin addiction or painkiller addiction, don’t keep fighting. There are inpatient rehab facilities all across our nation for addiction. Get the help you need before it is too late. Don’t continue to use a substance that is so dangerous and has total control over you and your entire life.
Most of the inpatient rehabs today have a detoxification process for you to go through right there in the facility. You will be monitored by a licensed, medical professional around the clock during this process. If any issues arise from the detox, it will be taken care of immediately. You will be kept as comfortable as possible throughout the detoxification.
Once the detox is complete, you will start your treatment program which has been designed specifically for your needs, beliefs, and preferences. You are assigned a counselor and will have one-on-one counseling along with group therapy sessions. The underlying causes of your addiction will be uncovered, and you will learn the skills necessary to remain drug-free after completing your program. The chance of relapse is lesser for individuals who complete an inpatient treatment program for their addiction. Choose a treatment center today and get the help you so deserve.