Increasingly, upscale suburban youth are becoming heroin addicts. The trend of prescription painkiller addiction, which became epidemic over the past ten years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has led to many addicts to migrate to heroin abuse as both drugs are opiates.
Recently, as pills have become more difficult to obtain, many who need their next "fix" are buying heroin instead of prescription pain pills. And they are not necessarily driving too far to buy their drugs. It is a phenomenon that many in law enforcement did not see coming. The trend to tighten control unethical doctors and pharmacies which were driving addiction to prescription painkillers has led to a heroin invasion of the suburbs.
A Chicago policeman who retired to the suburbs thought it a safer environment in which to raise his teenage son. Sadly, it was after the move out of the city that his son started using heroin and eventually died from an overdose. "I was shocked that Billy could find it out there in the suburbs," his father said. "I was shocked that he did not know how dangerous it was. And I was shocked that many other kids his age were involved with drugs and heroin."
According to the Director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University, Kathleen Kane-Willis, "Only nicotine ranks higher in a dependency profile. Of those who are offered heroin, one in five will try it. Of those who try it, one in four will become dependent on it," she said.
Another sad story is that of an accidental heroin overdose that killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, in October of 2012. And more recently, in January of 2013, Scott Sterling, the 32 year-old son of the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, was found dead of a possible overdose in the family's Malibu house.
Parents who have buried their children due to a heroin overdose call it an "epidemic." They speak out so no one else has to live their nightmare. But the very real nightmare has become the sad truth in many parts of the US. Heroin overdose deaths have tripled from 2007 to 2012. The reality of heroin has now hit the suburbs.
Narconon Offers Effective Rehab for Any Drug Addict
If one has a family member who is addicted to heroin or any other drug, how do you find an effective rehab program for them? The answer for many families has been the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The program at Narconon all over the world is the same comprehensive, long-term regimen. This program is so effective that seventy percent of its graduates recover long-lasting sobriety. The program addresses both the physical and mental or emotional aspects of addiction.
Ryan found the Narconon center in Oklahoma. She said that her life before Narconon was miserable and she had been using heroin every day. When she arrived at Narconon Arrowhead she was in awe, she said, because it was so different than other treatment programs she had previously been to. The part of the program that Ryan said made the most impact on her was the life skills courses, in particular one course which deals with personal values and helps a person to regain her personal integrity. It was on this course that she got to take personal responsibility for the things she had done while addicted that she was not proud of. She saw the damage she had caused herself and others and was now able to put those things behind her.
When she had completed the whole Narconon program, Ryan spoke about how she felt. She said, "I have a new confidence. I feel like there's nothing I can't achieve. I feel new again. Life is for the taking. I'm married and so happy to have a future in front of me - a bright future!"
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