Nearly 1,000,000 Americans battle with heroin addiction each year. A sense of dependency is established with every dose of this incredibly addictive opioid that can be injected, sniffed, snorted, and smoked. The feeling it produces of being high is so incredibly strong that a person using this substance wants to recreate that experience, which means that the drug must be taken in higher doses and more frequently as time goes on. Once addiction has sunken its claws into our lives, it’s incredibly hard to find our way back out. Even if we have the best intentions, or no intentions at all when it comes to addiction, it can still wreak havoc on our lives.

Unfortunately, the very seriousness of heroin addiction in the U.S. has gone unexplored for quite some time because it hasn’t been considered to be that large of an issue, until now. The epidemic of deaths and lethal overdoses caused by heroin addiction has led experts across the nation to question exactly what we can do to start helping our colleagues, neighbors and loved ones to seek the help they need before it’s too late. The good news is that there’s much we can do, such as:

  • Begin showing more concern for our loved ones by paying closer attention to signs that they may be struggling with substance use
  • Gain more education on what addiction looks like and how it can be treated, so that we can help those we love in the best ways possible
  • Provide more healthy coping strategies at a community level, so that those we care about can lean on these resources rather than substances
  • Aim to provide the highest quality of care possible in treatment programs

Overcoming an addiction to one of the most powerful substances known to humanity is not a struggle you have to face alone. If you’re ready to seek help for heroin addiction, know that it’s never too late. Reach out to someone today at Alta Loma. Alta Loma is a world-renowned, Texas state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center exclusively for men. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at (866) 457-3843 for a consultation.