South Florida has reported an epidemic of heroin abuse recently. People are turning to heroin because the state passed various laws in response to prescription pill mills and deaths. Although prescription pill deaths and abuse has reportedly gone down, heroin use has risen due to lack of illegal prescription pills.
South Florida’s number of heroin deaths and hospitalizations have risen at an alarming rate. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, (NIDA), deaths from heroin rose 89% since 2011.
James N. Hall, an epidemiologist at Nova Southeastern University who wrote the NIDA report with 20 other researchers said, “we’re talking here about the mother of addictions. The crossover from the prescription products to illicit heroin complicates that and will fuel the continued epidemic.”
A lot of the heroin is coming from Mexico. Drug cartels who used to make a less pure brown powder or black tar heroin, are now producing a stronger white powder form.
Many young people between the ages of 18 to 29 are dying from heroin overdose. They’re using heroin to replace prescription pain pills, which is not uncommon.
I knew a young lady whose story was similar. She hurt her back in a car accident, and her doctor prescribed pain medication in high doses. She realized she was addicted to the prescription pills when she would run out of them in the middle of the month, but still needed them.
She was in an enormous amount of pain, so she turned to heroin because it was fast and cheap. She told me she never thought she would ever inject herself with drugs in a million years, but the cravings were so bad, she had to do something. Thank goodness she entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that helped her with heroin addiction.
Drugs can take us down roads we never dreamed we would ever go. It can make us lie, cheat, steal, and become people we don’t even recognize in the mirror. Luckily, help is out there. Our Florida based treatment center has a specialized program for heroin, and many other types of substance abuse. If you are ready to end the pain of addiction, we are here for you.
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When you first realize you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, admitting that to yourself is the first step. It’s a huge step, but simply acknowledging your problem will not solve it. Asking for help is what must happen next in order to heal.
Asking for help isn’t easy, you must have courage. Some have difficulty asking for help because they think it shows weakness. This is not true. It takes enormous strength to take action, and to take responsibility for the mistakes we have made.
Many of us were embarrassed to ask for help in the beginning of our journey into sobriety. The shame and guilt held us back from starting a new life. If you are feeling embarrassed, don’t be. There are millions of people struggling with the exact same problem as you.
When you enter a rehab, everyone is there to support you. You will meet others that relate to you and your story, and you won’t feel alone or judged.
Some people have a hard time asking for help because their pride is in their way. Put your pride aside, asking for help is the best way to feel genuinely proud of yourself. If you are struggling with substance abuse, chances are there are things you are not proud of doing. Putting your pride away will lead you to a feeling of genuine happiness, and a life you can be proud of.
Fear can also stand in your way of asking for help. When you enter a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, you will see that there is nothing to be afraid of. The people at the facility will teach you new coping skills to deal with stress and fear in your life. You don’t have to be scared of emotions, you won’t have to numb your feelings. You will learn how to deal with tough situations without the crutch of substances.
It’s never too late to ask for help. If you are struggling with addiction, our Florida based treatment center can help you. We have a wonderful staff and programs that are tailored to fit your specific needs.