Heroin Abuse Epidemic
Sober Freedom can help you take control and recover from heroin. If you need immediate help and would like to speak with a Sober Freedom staff member, call our hotline at any time, day or night, at (855) 888-0061.
Heroin use is on the rise with people of surprising demographics. Most people might consider heroin use a product of inner city life among those who are impoverished or have a long history of drug abuse. This is definitely not the case, with more and more youth from the suburbs turning to the drug. Recent studies show that with the rapid increase in prescription drugs like vicodin and oxycontin in suburban youth, heroin use has also increased. Both types of drugs are opioids and have similar effects.
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Dangers of Heroin Abuse
Understanding why people use heroin is not easy. Heroin poses far more danger than the symptoms and long term effects of its use. Intravenous drug use exposes users to a wide range of health issues such as hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS and blood infections. Any one of these diseases can kill. Chemical Agents that are used to cut heroin can make their way into the veins and heart and lead to heart disease as well.
As with other powerful drugs, heroin users often find themselves using more and more of the drug just to counteract the withdrawal symptoms, which are severe. Flu like symptoms and body pain are common, accompanied by extreme stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. These effects are compounded by psychological issues, anxiety and depression. Combined, these physical and mental pains drive the user to use more of the drug.
How People Become Addicted
It’s not very common for first time users of heroin to administer the drug intravenously. In fact, many people smoke it before they shoot up. Many begin using similar drugs like oxycontin, vicodin or other opioid drugs. When someone can’t get one drug of choice, they’ll often resort to a similar that is available. However, circumstances surrounding heroin use are often far more dangerous than prescription drugs.
Family and Friends of Addicts
Most people that have a loved one addicted to heroin understand just how powerful a hold it has on the user. Heroin use is an exceedingly difficult habit to kick and many users may need the encouragement of family and friends to get them in to a qualified treatment program. Sober Freedom offers a family intervention program if you find it difficult to get your loved one in to treatment on your own.
What Are My Payment Options?
Treatment is covered by most insurance providers. Our staff will contact the insurance provider to determine eligibility. However, not having insurance is not the end of the road. Sober Freedom offers flexible financing. No one suffering from heroin addiction should have to worry about how treatment will be paid for. We will work hard to find a way to get that person the help they deserve.
Taking the First Step
Sometimes the first step towards recovery is hardest. Sober Freedom makes it easy, offering a 24/7 hotline for anyone to call to learn more about how to get in to treatment, what treatment is like and how to get your insurance to pay for it.
Call us at (855) 888-0061 to learn more about the various treatment options we offer.