Heroin Addiction Sucks
It sucks for the addict, it sucks for their family, it sucks for their community and it sucks for anyone unfortunate enough to be affected by it. Why does anyone start then? Why on earth would anyone use a drug that rips everything apart?
There are several different theories but one thing is prevalent regardless of what reason you agree with. People begin using heroin because of some sort of pain. Whether it is physical pain or emotional pain, it is a pain they cannot deal with on their own.
Even those who use the disease model for addiction would agree that during hard times, the person is more likely to turn to drug use. The drugs have become a way they deal with their problems. For example, the person who begins drinking after losing someone they love.
This happens with all drugs and heroin is not an exception, though the results are more devastating. Death or incarceration is the result for too many heroin addicts. Addiction works like a downward slope, the farther you go, the more you build up speed and move further into addiction.
Here is an example. I started using because I felt there was something wrong with me. Then I stopped talking to those I cared about. That hurt, so I used more. Then I stole from those I loved, feeling even worse. This led to me trying to be high all the time.
Magnify that by hundreds of moments when an addict feels like a failure or upset—each time using to numb the despair or loss. That is how someone continues to be an addict. Broken and homeless with no one who cares because their loved one’s hearts are calloused from years of lies and pain.
This doesn’t have to be the end. There is effective treatment for heroin addiction. Each addict can peel off the layers of pain and deceit they caused and reopen their eyes to a life they thought impossible. The first step to helping the family of an addict heal is to help the addict heal. The family’s issues and problems often have as their root, the addiction of one or more family members. Getting to the bottom of the addict’s problems is the only thing which will remedy this.