Heroin Addiction Kills. Get Help with Archstone Recovery
Heroin kills. If you think this is an exaggeration, look at the numbers. An article published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine* found that heroin users had a mortality rate of 2%. That means that anyone who uses heroin has a one in 50 chance of dying from it—not great odds. Half of those deaths were from overdoses. Indeed, heroin accounts for approximately half of overdose deaths in the United States. To understand why, you need to understand that heroin is incredibly physically addictive. It isn’t that heroin addicts want to use more and more of the drug; it’s that they have to. Their bodies develop a physical need for the drug in order to even function. Heroin use, over the course of an addiction, goes from being fun to being a craving to becoming a desperate necessity. Without it, the body shuts down and refuses to function. We call this withdrawal. The user needs to constantly increase his or her dose, so they either overdose—which, as we have seen, can easily become deadly—or they attempt to quit and end up going into withdrawal. Withdrawal is a dangerous condition, and it’s why people who want to get clean from heroin and other physically addictive drugs—including alcohol—require medical supervision. You can get clean—but you really can’t do it on your own. If you’re ready to take the step of seeking help, contact Archstone Recovery. Archstone Recovery’s top-rated staff understand the needs of heroin addicts in withdrawal. Its subtropical Florida (FL) campus offers a safe and secure place to detox. Archstone Recovery believes in treating the whole person, and uses a twelve-step approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. You don’t have to die from heroin addiction. Get help and start a new life with Archstone Recovery. * Karl A. Sporer, “Acute Heroin Overdose.” Ann Intern Med. 1999; 130:584-590.