With more people experimenting with heroin at a younger age, there has become a great need for an effective heroin rehab. Maggie, a recent graduate of the Narconon Arrowhead program, recalls how Narconon treated her heroin addiction and brought her back to a normal way of life.
Around the United States more individuals are experimenting with heroin, starting at a younger age. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the average age of recent first time heroin use was 20 years old. In the past decade, the average age of first time heroin use, has decreased by four years, indicating that heroin experimentation is developing amongst younger crowds. As the statistics begin to look increasingly grim, one might doubt whether or not a solution really exists.
According to Maggie, an ex-heroin addict and graduate of the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab program, a solution does exist.
Like much of the youth in the United States, Maggie began experimenting with drugs at 13 when she first tried marijuana and alcohol.
“Before using drugs, I was happy and full of ambition,” said Maggie. “I had good relationships with my family and friends. I thought I could do anything with my life.”
The curiosities to try other substances led Maggie to harder drugs. By the age of 20, she began experimenting with heroin. The experimentation quickly spiraled into a full blown addiction.
“After becoming addicted to heroin, I lost all self worth and dignity. I lost all desire to pursue my dreams or to fulfill my obligations. I disconnected from my family and friends. I missed out on opportunities to go to college and to pursue a career.”
According to National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), prolonged use of heroin creates a physical dependence that takes control of a user’s body and causes changes in their behavior. The behavior of the addict will be enslavement to seeking out and consuming heroin.
“During my heroin addiction, I had no life to speak of,” said Maggie. “I revolved around getting money for and buying heroin. I was near respiratory failure and was at risk of infections or diseases due to intravenous heroin use. I was malnourished and very underweight.”
Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, particularly in users who inject the drugs, such as infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
“The addiction brought me to a state of pure apathy,” said Maggie. “I was basically the walking dead. Finally, after getting as close to death as I could get, a friend told me about Narconon Arrowhead.”
Narconon Arrowhead is a long term, inpatient rehab which handles the full extent of the addiction, both mental and physical.
“I entered the Narconon program where they gave me the tools I needed to cope with life without drugs,” said Maggie. “The sauna detoxification program rid my body of toxins which were keeping me in the cycle of addiction.”
Narconon specializes in heroin addiction and has approximately a 70% success rate for permanent sobriety from heroin.
After graduating the Narconon program, Maggie decided to stay and work at the facility which helped her so much and so that she could now help others that are struggling with addiction.
“Thanks to Narconon, I now see that life is beautiful. I am free to pursue whatever it is that my heart desires without reservation,” said Maggie. “There is a solution to heroin addiction, and it can be found in the Narconon Rehabilitation Program.