are addicted to heroin each year
The epidemic of heroin overdoses in the 1990s seemed like they might permanently snuff out addiction to this dangerous opioid. After all, with heroin so visibly linked to thousands of deaths, what possible justification could people turn to for heroin addiction? The answer is simple: heroin addiction is not something anyone willingly chooses. It’s a disease—and a life-threatening one at that. Heroin changes your body and your brain. And then it changes—and possibly claims—your life.
die from heroin annually
The nation is in the grips of an opioid addiction epidemic. Half a million Americans are addicted to heroin each year, and the drug kills almost 13,000 people annually. It doesn’t have to be this way. No matter how bad things seem, it’s possible to recover from heroin addiction. Our West Palm Beach heroin addiction treatment center offers revolutionary treatment that can get you sober, restore your brain to its healthy state, and help you put your life back together.
The media is hard on heroin addicts, presenting them as selfish people throwing their lives and relationships away for a worthless drug. This isn’t true. Heroin addiction changes the brain and the body, such that you feel like you need heroin to survive. This makes you treat heroin-like food or water—necessary, and something you must have. It’s not your fault you feel this way. Heroin changes your brain. And the longer you use, the more dramatic the changes become.
There’s another problem with heroin addiction, too: heroin addiction destroys lives. And many people use heroin to escape the pain of their daily lives. So as life gets worse due to heroin addiction, people continue using heroin as a way to avoid the pain of the consequences of heroin use. It’s a vicious cycle.
You can’t stop anytime you want. Otherwise, you would have already stopped. Heroin addiction often comes with a significant dose of denial. You see heroin as the only way to feel happy or believe that you could stop if you wanted to. When you try to stop, withdrawal hits you like a ton of bricks, convincing you that you literally cannot survive without heroin. It’s this cycle that makes it so difficult for heroin addicts to quit.
Don’t let heroin lie to you. You can quit. And eventually, you won’t even crave heroin anymore. The secret lies in the detox process. As you detox, your body violently resists the withdrawal of heroin. You’ll experience depression, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, and potentially other symptoms. In some cases, you may even become dehydrated or severely ill. Supervised detox at a skilled and qualified heroin detox facility is the key to safely getting through detox.
Once you’ve fully detoxed, the cravings will be much less severe. Over time, they’ll eventually disappear altogether. You’ll always be an addict. That means you’ll always be vulnerable to addiction. So you’ll have to abstain from heroin and other drugs for the rest of your life.
Heroin addiction is a complex disease involving mind, body, your environment, your finances, and much more. We work to provide you the comprehensive support you need. Therapy is a key form of support on the journey to recovery. Through therapy, you’ll gain an understanding of how and why you became an addict, and begin cultivating coping skills that can help you resist the temptation to use.
Some other forms of support that can help you get sober include:
Our specialized program includes trauma-informed options since so many heroin addicts have survived traumatic events.
For decades, addiction experts have heard the same question: if addiction is a disease, why isn’t there a treatment?
Now there is. Our West Palm Beach detox center is the first in the area to offer nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide/brain restoration plus (NAD/BR+). NAD is a coenzyme vital for most reactions in the body’s cells. Without it, the brain and body can’t correctly function. And addicts tend to have lower than average levels of NAD. By restoring NAD levels, we can help restore your brain to its normal, healthy state. This makes the recovery journey a bit faster, and can even reduce some of the side effects so prevalent in the early days of heroin detox.
Addiction is a disease you’ll have to fight for the rest of your life. You’ll need to be mindful of how potentially addictive substances might affect you. That doesn’t mean you have to give up your life—or that you’ll crave heroin forever. With each passing day, things get a bit easier. Eventually, you’ll reach a point where you don’t crave heroin, and maybe even don’t think about it.
The key is finding a program that works for you, by supporting your family and values and listening to your needs. We understand that everyone’s journey has to be different. We’re here to ensure your path to sobriety is a bit easier and to support you as you take this long but rewarding walk.
Sobriety will never be easier than it is today. Call us now if you’re ready for help.