Heroin addiction has maintained as one of the most deadly substance abuse issues we face in the United States. Although the popularity of heroin has been seen on a general decline over the past several years, growing numbers of prescription painkiller abusers now fuel an increase in the nation’s heroin addiction problem.
According to a statement issued on the White House official website, US drug enforcement agencies are responding accordingly to the fact of prescription drug abuse being the fastest-growing drug problem in our country. How does this issue relate to the trend of American heroin use on the rise? Is Narconon a solution?
How Does Prescription Painkiller Abuse Fuel Heroin Addiction?
Without question, the issue of growing prescription painkiller addiction has become somewhat of an epidemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 16% of drivers tested positive for over-the-counter, prescription or illegal medications in a Roadside Survey done in 2007. (Note: In addition, over 11% tested positive for illegal drugs; many for heroin.)
In terms of chemical structure, effects and adverse reactions, heroin and prescription painkillers like hydrocodone, OxyContin and Vicodin, all belong under the umbrella category of opiate/opioid drugs. Heavy painkillers are rapidly addictive and can cause withdrawal symptoms upon abstinence from taking them; these same facts apply to heroin as well.
The trend experts have seen as of late is a switch from the popular painkiller habit to a cheaper, more easily maintained heroin habit.
Painkillers tend to be much more expensive than heroin and require a doctor’s prescription to obtain them. Whereas an addict might obtain one prescription painkiller pill for $60-$80, that same amount of money could last a heroin user up to several days.
Heroin Addiction: Warning Signs
Addiction is a condition which has been seen to develop amongst all types of individuals and families, without discrimination. Although speculation exists that addiction is a genetic disease, no substantial evidence exists to prove this claim. Although certain risk factors indicate a higher risk or likelihood of drug abuse, truly any individual could develop a substance abuse habit and addiction.
As such, parents, teachers, siblings and community leaders should take the time to understand some of the warning signs associated with a developing heroin addiction:
- Sudden and severe mood swings
- Loss of motivation
- Changes in sleep habits
- Shifts in interests, hobbies, groups, etc.
- Physical appearance changes (haggard, worn out or dirty appearance)
- Rapid weight loss
Narconon Program for Heroin Addiction
The Narconon program is considered highly recommendable for opiate addiction, specifically for its long-term and residential aspects of treatment. With a long history of helping addicts overcome heroin dependency, the Narconon treatment strategy focuses on a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to treating addiction.
Initially, Narconon’s clients are guided to a restorating of personal health and well-being. To assist with the pain and discomforts of heroin withdrawal, a holistic approach is used and personalized nutritional programs are established for each individual.
The Narconon program continues with communication exercises, life skills courses, biophysical detoxification (to remove drug residuals and potentially alleviate future drug “cravings”) as well as after-care and follow-up to ensure successful recovery at home. Clients progress through the Narconon program at an individual pace, but generally take 3 months or longer to complete each step. A residential (live-in) setting supports safe and distraction-free rehabilitation.
For more information about the Narconon program for heroin addiction, call 1-800-468-6933.