Heroin addiction is on the rise after a brief drop off in the 80s and 90s. It is one of the most deadly substances in the United States from an overdose and drug related crime perspective. Thousands of people die each year from heroin related overdose, crime, or secondary illness. Unfortunately, many heroin addicts do not seek the treatment they need until it is much too late.
The Stigma of Heroin Addiction
People do not discuss addiction of any kind freely. This is an unfortunate fact. Heroin addiction is rapidly growing and extremely dangerous but still many people feel that it is a moral failing or something that can be easily helped. This is just not true. This addiction is one of the hardest to stop once it gets started. There is still the mistaken belief in society that you can just stop using it and be done.
The shame and guilt associated with heroin addiction is staggering. By talking about your addiction to your friends and loved ones you can help reduce some of the stigma associated with the addiction and addiction treatment.
One of the key factors in successfully treating heroin addiction is developing a solid support structure. Your family and close friends can make up the framework of this support system. You can only gain this support by talking to your family and friends. Getting your addiction out in the open with them is an excellent place to start. Not only can they support you through treatment, they can help you take the first and sometimes hardest step of getting treatment.
Getting Rid of Negativity
It is unfortunate but some people that you talk to about your addiction will respond very negatively. While you are in treatment, you will be emotionally fragile. Those that respond with negativity are not helpful and can be detrimental to your treatment. It is only by talking to people that you know who will respond in a positive way and who will respond negatively. Although you do not have to cut the negative people completely out of your life, avoiding negative people during treatment is necessary to make a solid recovery and form your support system.
Talking to Others who are in the Same Place as you
Talking to those who have either been in treatment for heroin addiction or are heroin addicts can help you cope with your own addiction. Seeing someone who was where you are now and has gotten their life back can give you hope. Talking to someone who understands can be therapeutic and can help you with your recovery.
Talking to people who are at the same point as you are in your addiction and treatment can give you ideas as to how to deal with your own addiction. All of these can help you to find your footing while you are dealing with your addiction.
When you start talking about your heroin addiction, you begin to realize things can be better. You begin to develop a plan and a support system. There is no reason why you have to hide.