Over the past two decades, drug abuse has grown increasingly prevalent across the United States. While many drugs play a role in the rising numbers of drug-related crimes and overdose deaths, opioids are responsible for the majority of these incidents. Although the dangers of heroin have been widely well-known for years, more people are turning to heroin for relief from addictions to prescription opioids. What they may not understand is that, without help, heroin in extremely difficult to stop, and it’s much stronger than painkillers.
Because of the hold it has on people, heroin users don’t stop on their own. Even if they want to get clean and lead a healthy life, they need someone to intervene on their behalf. When those who have become dependent on heroin stop using the drug, a chemical reaction starts in the brain, and agonizing withdrawals take over the body. Because of the pain and sickness that comes with ceasing the use of heroin, stopping is nearly impossible for the majority of users. Some form of intercession is needed because, unlike addictions to other kinds of drugs, people who abuse heroin often die as a result.
The Power of a Specialist
Heroin users know they need help, but they are often battling withdrawals, underlying conditions, and fear of failure. They are simply unable to help themselves. An intervention is one way those who are suffering an addiction to heroin can get help. It’s the process whereby family, friends, and a professional interventionist discuss with someone their destructive behaviors in a way that would encourage treatment for addiction.
When someone in the family is using heroin, family members naturally want to help, but they must realize that, without a professional to explain the dangers and the path to recovery, the chance of that person recovering is slim. Because the rates of death from heroin addiction are so high, professional help through an interventionist can mean a much higher rate of success – giving both the user and his or her family hope.
Why Heroin Is Different
As with other illicit drugs, heroin is unregulated. Buyers can never be certain of what they’re getting, even if they go to the same dealer every time. Drugs can become contaminated or altered in transit, and some dealers mix other substances into their heroin. This is typically done to make more money, but some add other drugs including other opioids into their heroin to produce enhanced effects. This is incredibly dangerous, and some such mixtures, particularly those including Fentanyl, increase the likelihood of overdose. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid capable of producing effects exponentially more powerful than heroin, but it has a much smaller fatal dose. Even a minute amount of Fentanyl can be life-threatening for some users.
All drugs are dangerous, but the draw of heroin can cripple an individual. With other drugs, overdose is serious and frightening, but it takes time to build up to a point where overdosing is a serious concern. With heroin, every time someone uses there is the potential for a lethal overdose.
Loved ones may try to explain those consequences, but they often fall on deaf ears – the draw of the drug is simply too strong. Professional interventionists have a better chance of reaching someone who is addicted. One reason is because a professional has the skills, experience, and training to explain the consequences of continuing heroin use. Another reason is, unfortunately, people don’t always listen as closely to family and friends.
Increase the Chances for Your Loved One
Rock bottom for a heroin user isn’t when friends or family give up on a person, it’s when this person is dead or in prison. When the odds are so far from being in your favor, talk with a professional for an intervention. Friends and family become unwitting enablers – in an effort to protect a heroin user, they may only make things worse, leading to a quicker tragedy. Families and relationships are layered with complexity, but someone skilled in intervention has a better chance of reaching someone in the throes of heroin addiction.
Interventions are essentially staged confrontations with a person struggling with addiction. The individual’s friends, colleagues, family members, and anyone else affected by his or her substance abuse gather to express their concerns. These events can naturally cause tensions to flare into arguments and emotional disputes, but guided by a professional, they can be the lifelines someone in danger needs.
Heroin use is incredibly dangerous, but one of the most heartbreaking aspects of every overdose death is that every single one could have been prevented with more awareness, education, and access to treatment. With the help of an interventionist, family members can encourage their loved ones to seek treatment for heroin addiction before it’s too late.
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