The addiction to heroin as with other drugs may start out simply with a desire to "try something new." Some people in their teens do anything to try to fit in and be accepted by their peers. Sometimes drug abuse is one of the things teenagers do to gain status or acceptance. Unfortunately for too many of them, this experimentation often leads to addiction.
When one has lost his way and cannot quit despite the destruction he can see is occurring, he is addicted. Many stories in the media illustrate how destructive addiction can be. And heroin addiction is one of the worst.
One young man in his twenties, Chris Angilecchia, is portrayed in one news article as the new face of a modern-day heroin addict. He is 29 years old, white and from the suburbs. He came from a family that was well off and didn't lack for cash when needed. Beginning in his freshman high school year Chris mixed intramural soccer with popping pills (oxycodone mostly), so he could be like his friends. When the pill crackdown made them harder to buy, he started looking for another way to get high. Like so many, Angilecchia turned to heroin. Now he is in jail and has lost his family, all of his belongings and is trying to find his way back to sobriety.
Suburbanites "are the [new] clientele," said Sgt. Chris Conners, supervisor of the Cincinnati police mid-level drug unit.
Another example of the tragedy of heroin abuse occurred in the Simi Valley in California, late last year. A massive crowd rallied at a February council meeting under the banner of "Heroin Sucks." Residents shared stories of how each of them has personally been affected by the influx of drugs into the city. This crusade was led by local resident Susan Klimusko a few weeks following the death of her 23-year-old son Austin from a heroin overdose. Shortly after the grassroots crusade, she and other parents formed an organization called Not One More to educate the community and stamp out drug abuse. Klimusko and NOM also sparked the creation of a multiagency task force to address the heroin problem all over the city.
Narconon Offers Effective Rehab for Crack Cocaine, Heroin and Other Drug Addicts
Drug abuse and addiction need not end in an overdose or prison, however. When one wants to overcome his addiction to drugs, there is hope and help at Narconon.
Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in more than fifty locations around the world offer effective drug rehab for addicts who have fallen into the trap of any drug addiction. The staffs of the various Narconon centers understand addiction and do not believe that it is a disease. Rather, they treat it as a condition that one can handle and learn how to live without the need to take drugs. In fact, more than seventy percent of the graduates of the full Narconon program go on to long-lasting sobriety. Narconon centers are also active in the community conducting drug education programs and outreach to teach others of the dangers of drugs.
One student who found lasting sobriety at Narconon Vista Bay is Chris K. He tells the story of how he started to abuse drugs in his teens. He began by smoking pot and drinking in order to gain acceptance among his friends. He progressed to later using crack cocaine and eventually became a heroin addict. He says he was a slave to the drugs. He lost his family and his kids didn't want him around. Finally and luckily, a member of his family found Narconon Vista Bay and Chris went there to get real help. He was welcomed there and said he felt a sense of belonging. No one was looking at him as the "bad guy" but just someone who wanted to get a handle on his drug problem like others who were already there. He said at Narconon, for the first time, he got to figure out who he was and to live as that person.
To learn more about the full Narconon program and the locations of all their facilities worldwide, call a rehab specialist today.
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