Heroin addiction is treatable, and an addict can overcome it. As with every other disease, the addict needs medical attention and support from their friends and family.
According to the latest world drug reports, 12 million of people around the world inject drugs. In 2014, 47,055 overdose deaths were reported in the US, which was the highest number in its history. We constantly see stories in newspapers on young couples who overdosed, hear about the growing numbers of youngsters and adults using opioids, including heroin, and it is time to raise awareness in order to be able to help.
Although the first time a person takes a drug is completely voluntarily, later on, the drug causes the urge to take more. Because of physical dependence, the withdrawal period ends when the body starts producing adequate dopamine. However, while there’s an end to physical dependence, mental effects can last a lifetime.
Having this in mind, don’t think of heroin addiction as a disease of weak people. Educate yourself, go carefully through the infographic, and get familiar with all the necessary steps in recovery. In order for you to understand what your loved one is going through, this Heroin Detox & Opioid Withdrawal Infographic shows you concisely the whole process, including three phases of detox, the rehab, the continuing treatment after the rehab, and long-term consequences.