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Opioids and Heroin Addiction Across the Country

Heroin Addiction in Towson - The Bergand Group

Opioids and heroin are still sweeping violently across the country in an storm of addiction. Those who have already been suffering are continuing to struggle to recover, while more and more people are falling victim to prescription pill abuse, and then to using heroin, every day. Changes are being made, but that has yet to really improve the bleak state of things in the U.S. at the moment.

What Is the Role Between Opioids and Heroin?

Those who specialize in addiction all can tell similar stories, stories in which people that they have seen shift from prescription pill abuse to using heroin. It’s disheartening that so many have this same experience and yet there doesn’t seem to be nearly enough that we can do for them (yet). Opioids and heroin are unfortunately tied together in that they are deadly “stepping stones” for people who usually begin this downward trend as a result of chronic pain or surgery.

The fact that they begin as a result of a legal prescription, as a recommendation and allowance from a doctor, is one of the many issues here. The Surgeon General has long since recognized this problem and has called on medical professionals to lessen the number of prescriptions written, but they are still reaching people who are bound to become addicted to them. Unfortunately, even if they are only given manageable doses, they can receive more pills in other places, which starts the deadly addiction process.

“Being addicted to pain meds is like having an invader in your brain with OCD, reciting an endless repetition of what must be done, how, and how often.” When you think of it like that, as something that has infiltrated your mind and which is like a weed there, it makes more and more sense how incredibly difficult it is to overcome. Even if both patients and doctors are trying their best to limit the damage done by this prescription pill abuse, the hold that both opioids and heroin have on a person is much too strong for any “simple” fix.

Perhaps the most difficult factor in this situation is that nobody likes to see other people in pain, particularly as intense as it can be when these prescriptions are being given out. Yes, there are other ways to manage it, and yes, not everyone who receives a prescription needs that dosage, but doctors are sympathetic to the experiences of these people and often have a difficult time denying them relief. Unfortunately, just as the road to hell is paved with good intentions, their sympathy often leads patients down the road to an addiction.

It’s sad that wanting to alleviate the pain of others can end up causing them so much more pain down the road, but it’s hard for doctors to deny that relief at the beginning. “Many people are as ill-prepared to deal with the addictive power of pain medication,” so those who have had no similar experiences in the past may not even realize that they have a dependence until long after it’s formed. Education and increased awareness are steps along the road to recovery for these people, who they’re far from the only ones.

If you or someone you love is suffering from prescription pill abuse or heroin addiction, or if you are looking into recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions, then contact The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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