Heroin use is on the rise across the nation. In Georgia specifically, the increase in addiction and deaths is only expected to rise. In just Fulton County alone, there have been 73 deaths linked to heroin since 2011, 56 of which occurred in just the first nine months of 2013.
Most recently, authorities have seen a sudden spike of heroin use among young adults in Georgia’s suburbs. Many of these users have a history of prescription drug abuse, particularly use of opioids, and are moving to heroin due to an increase in availability and its small price tag.
Why is Heroin so Addictive?
This opiate drug, formed from morphine, affects the brain’s ability to perceive pain. This natural chemical reaction is what makes heroin so addictive, as it produces pleasurable or rewarding sensations. While this is true of many other addictive substances, heroin also creates a physical dependence, intensifying the effects of withdrawal for even short-term use and increasing the likelihood for repeated use. In fact, statistics show that approximately 23% of those who use heroin will become dependent on it.
Can Heroin Addiction be Treated?
If you or your loved one is faced with heroin addiction, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as long-term use can lead to collapsed veins, infections of the heart lining or valves, liver disease, pneumonia, respiratory arrest, coma, overdose, or death.
As the withdrawal symptoms can be unbearable, the best hope for successful recovery is to enroll in a treatment program such as those offered by Talbott Recovery. In recovery, you’ll be given the tools to live a life that is not dependent on heroin or other substances. Each program is tailored to you or your loved one’s specific case and age.