Young man alone sitting on cement holding his head, worried about his heroin use.Heroin use in the United States is at an all-time high and many people are suffering from overdoses every day. From the West Coast to the East Coast and everywhere in between, each state is seeing heroin problems. There’s sometimes a misconception that heroin is only in states on the coast or along the Mexican border. Even middle America is seeing this drug pop up, and men and women are both affected.

The disease of addiction doesn’t discriminate when it comes to gender, age or social status. More and more people are using the drug, and it’s wrecking lives and taking many lives. Law enforcement agencies and other first responders are seeing it so much that they’ve had to adapt. Narcan is a life-saving medication that helps counteract opiate overdoses, and it’s used more than ever.

How Heroin Use Happens Medically

Most young people go through drug awareness programs at an elementary school age through organizations like D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Even without these types of programs, most people know that heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs around. This makes many people wonder why others turn to heroin use in the first place. There are a few reasons for this, and one is that addiction may start with prescription opiates.

Prescription opiates are for people who have are recovering from an injury or deal with chronic pain. The problem is that these types of medications can be highly addictive, and some people become dependent. Eventually, a person may need something stronger to get the euphoric feeling they want. After a while, they may turn to heroin because it’s stronger, and in some cases, easier to obtain. These medications are opioid based and could lead to a stronger addiction:

Going Straight to Heroin Use

The Northeast United States has seen a big influx in heroin use from both men and women from all ages. In the last decade, drug rehab centers have been seeing a change in trends of people coming into treatment. About 10 years ago, most people were going to treatment for issues with alcohol and prescription medications. There was only a small percentage of people who were coming in for a heroin addiction.

Now, we’re seeing a change in the statistics where more and more people are coming in for a heroin addiction. The number of people coming in for problems with alcohol, pills or other drugs is dropping, but more people are still getting treatment. What this trend shows us is that many more people are going straight to heroin or progressing to it faster. For many people in all parts of the country, heroin is the first drug they try.

Heroin Use and Dependency

The primary issue with heroin is that it’s extremely physically addictive, and even after one use someone can experience harsh withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal from heroin are very difficult to deal with because they’re mental and physical. Many people can’t tolerate the symptoms of withdrawal, so they continue using heroin. They believe the only way to live is to continue using and avoid withdrawal.

Part of the disease of addiction tells a person that continuing to use is the easiest thing to do. Addiction treatment and detox can change a person’s life and give him or her hope. Addiction medicine has created different non-narcotic medications that help decrease the symptoms of withdrawal. A person can safely detox with the help of a qualified facility and then begin treatment.

Addiction Treatment is Key

Beaches Recovery provides a heroin rehab for men and women, and we’re located in Jacksonville, Florida. We work closely with a local detox facility, so you can get well and easily transition to treatment. We’re here to help you learn about the disease of addiction as well as ways to stay clean sober once you leave. Let today be the day, whether you are a man or a woman, that you find your way to addiction treatment. Call 866-605-0532.