In Some Regions of US, Heroin Abuse Worse, First Time Users Younger

*+-It was bad enough that millions of US teens were abusing prescription drugs in increasing numbers over the last decade. Now, many of them are switching to heroin at a very young age, younger than ever seen before. While this fact may take some people by surprise, it was a completely predictable outcome of the effort to make OxyContin harder to abuse. Purdue Pharmaceutical began to ship a new version of OxyContin that was bound to a plastic-like substance. The drug was supposed to be released over time once it was in the body but the pill could not be…

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Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

*+-For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place. This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program…

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Heroin Addiction Can Transform a Productive Life into a Disaster

*+-How does heroin addiction start? Usually by one person who already uses heroin telling a non-user that they really need to try this drug. It might start out with smoking because most people attach less stigma to heroin used this way. But then it so often progresses to shooting heroin, injecting it. And once down this road, so many people find themselves lost in an addiction to this drug. The problems connected with heroin addiction are only partly connected with the damage done by the drug itself. Heroin addiction tends to create collateral damage as well. Heroin users may live…

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Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

*+-While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions. Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also…

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How to Recover from Heroin

*+-Finding out that a loved one has been using and is addicted to heroin is a terrible moment for any parent, sibling or other family member. Just as tragic is the fact that many heroin addicts go through rehab after rehab without finding stable recovery. That is the reason for the rise of the many other alternatives to real recovery from heroin addiction. These programs go a certain way down the road of helping a heroin addict achieve a better life but many stop there. There are programs in Europe, the US and Canada that provide heroin addicts with medical…

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Kate’s Way Out of Drug Addiction

*+-Kate was young, attractive and almost elfin. She had a pleasant briskness to her movements and spoke quickly and clearly. She was once again studying marketing and graphic arts after a lapse of several years since her last days in college, now planning to use these skills in her new job. You would never think that she had spent several months living in her car, shooting heroin and trying to stay warm in a Wisconsin winter before she finally found a rehab program that would provide her with lasting sobriety. Her first use of an addictive substance was eight years…

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Mick’s Recovery from Drug Addiction

*+-A few beers stolen out of the fridge at home when he was a kid didn’t create any particular attraction for Mick. He avoided any drug or alcohol use during high school – he didn’t even smoke cigarettes. In the end, he and a friend decided that should try out these substances that everyone else was using, so they used some LSD as their first drug experience. He enjoyed the experience so much that he thought he should try some of the other drugs he had been missing. That was a fateful decision. In his second year of college in…

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Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction

*+-The first drug J.P. from Baton Rouge ever used was heroin. He was twelve years old. Running with an older crowd, he did what they did and what they were doing was heroin. From that point, there were few drugs he didn’t use. Marijuana, more heroin, alcohol, pain pills, methamphetamine. It seemed like he didn’t become as addicted as easily as others around him. In fact, it was years before he became addicted. Once he began messing with pain pills, his use got more frequent and he finally entered the zone of addiction. He couldn’t stop stop taking them without…

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John’s Heroin Addiction Recovery

*+-First Came Alcohol John’s first experience with any intoxicating drug was stealing bottles of whiskey and other hard liquor from his grandparents’ basement. He shared his haul with his buddies and tried some whiskey himself. He was thirteen. All that happened was that he got a headache and felt lousy and resolved never to drink whiskey again. Then Came LSD, Opium and Hashish He steered clear of more alcohol or drugs until he was 16. By that time, he was going to parties with friends and getting drunk on beers from time to time. But he was against drug use…

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Heroin Addiction Special Interview

*+-Yea, I was addicted to heroin for 12 years and I found Narconon. Especially what done it for me with Narconon was the fact that they didn’t use drugs to bring me off the drugs I was already on because I’ve been in medical detoxes since I was addicted to methadone. I’ve been to countless number of doctors for Valium. And none of it worked. I was just putting more poisons into my body. Narconon basically saved my life. It helped me restore my creativity. It helped me develop as an artist. And it helped me live a better clean…

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