Thursday, April 24, 2014
A Report from the Front Line of Heroin Addiction
I see the effect of heroin use and abuse every day in helping addicts, but news of the drug and its myriad effects is ubiquitous. I hear about it on the BBC almost daily. I read about its effects in Eastern Europe and Africa...news of its effects in Western Europe and the US is not novel, unless it is about the death of a celebrity like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February of this year.
I have heard of clinics across the world attempting and succeeding in different treatments with limited long-term abstinence. I have heard of programs, drug courts, interventions and pharmaceutical therapies with marginal success.
What I do know is this "every user needs to know that he or she is loved and that he or she is very sick - addiction is fatal - and that he or she must take responsibility for his or her own recovery." It is not their fault that they are addicted, but it is their responsibility to accept and use a solution that works for them to quit and stay clean.