Heroin Addiction Can Transform a Productive Life into a Disaster

heroin addicts sitting in the dark

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 risky lives of sharing needles or having risky sex. They may become homeless or unemployed and then have to resort to crime to support the habit that drives them so strongly.

Every person addicted to heroin deserves an effective chance to leave heroin addiction behind for good, before it causes an early death.

On Average, Heroin Addicts Lose Almost Two Decades of Life

A California study followed nearly six hundred heroin addicts for more than thirty-three years to determine how many heroin addicts died premature deaths. In this study, it was determined that on average, a heroin addict lost more than eighteen years of life due to the addiction. The causes of death were typically heroin overdose, chronic liver disease or accidents. In fact, the leading cause of death was a heroin overdose.

This study found that heroin overdoses typically occur in the late 20s or early 30s, contributing greatly to the loss of life statistic. Younger people also suffered more accidental deaths from falls, firearms, traffic deaths and other accidents.

This study also noted that the lifestyle of the heroin addict typically includes crime and other drug use, such as alcohol consumption.

To the Family, They Just Want to Save their Loved One

These statistics may mean nothing to the mom or dad who are forced to watch their beloved child lose everything to addiction. All they want to know is that there is a solution that works for the majority of those who use it, that results in lasting sobriety. Many of these families have been finding this solution in the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

The Narconon program is long-term and residential. This gives the addicted person the time to truly focus on their recovery. It takes time, work and guidance to rebuild that life, to establish a sober foundation that will last far into the future.

Narconon Sauna Program Helps Address Cravings that Drive the Addiction

For the addicted person, it’s the cravings that drive them to use the drug again and again. They are so strong that the person will neglect family and friends and goals to chase the drug, something he would never do if he were not addicted. The Narconon sauna program directly addresses these cravings, helping to provide relief.

This sauna program uses time in a low-heat sauna, moderate daily exercise and a strict regimen of nutritional supplements to activate the body’s ability to flush out old drug residues. These residues become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body where they can stay for years, helping to trigger cravings even years after drug use stops. Those completing this step say their outlooks are brighter and they can think more clearly. Most say that cravings are reduced and some even say they are gone.

Find out about the Narconon program that has successfully helped individuals overcome their addiction for over 50 years.

Read Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction


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AUTHOR

Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.