According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2012 about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year, a number that has been on the rise since 2007. This trend appears to be driven largely by young adults aged 18–25 among whom there have been the greatest increases. The use of heroin impacts communities, families, and individuals deeply and with potentially permanent consequences. The Center for Disease Control reported in July 2015, that the rate of heroin overdose has nearly quadrupled in the past decade.
A person who is addicted to heroin is not able to stop using the substance even when the consequences of this use are negative. If you or a family member is living with an addiction to heroin, you know of the negative effects it can have on your quality of life. There are a number of very effective treatment options available for people who are addicted to heroin. Treatment is often more effective when the addiction is identified early, but it is never too late to get started. Treatments are tailored to the individual, and private addiction help programs have a great rate of success. Approaches such as behavior therapy and pharmaceutical treatments to ease withdrawal symptoms are used to give patients the best chance of recovery and prevent relapse.
Heroin is processed from morphine, a substance that naturally occurs in some varieties of poppy plants, and is typically sold as a brownish or white powder. It may also be sold on the streets as a sticky black substance known as black tar heroin. Heroin is usually cut with other substances such as powdered milk, sugar, starch, or quinine, although pure heroin is becoming more readily available. Heroin bought on the street may also be cut with strychnine or other poisonous substances. Users are often unaware of the actual strength of the heroin, which makes overdoses possible. Sharing needles with other heroin addicts increases the risk of transmitting HIV and other diseases.s
A Better Life Recovery strives to aid individuals in repairing the damage to their lives and relationships cause by heroin use. With the help of empathetic and experienced staff and administration, clients can reestablish life goals, commitments, and begin to experience the joy of life.