Within the past year, Hollywood has been rocked by the sudden deaths of Cory Monteith in July of 2013 and Philip Seymour Hoffman on February 2nd, 2014. While both of the actor’s deaths have come as a shock to many, many addiction experts are surprised that more celebrities have not met the same end.
One expert stated, “What is surprising is not that guys like Cory Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman are dying, but that more celebrities shooting heroin aren’t dying. That is the surprising part.”
According to recent statistical information, heroin abuse is coming back in a big way. The Drug Enforcement Agency reports that more than 660,000 Americans have used heroin in 2012. This statistic is nearly double the number from a mere five years ago and users these days are wealthier, of varying ages and the face of heroin addiction has significantly changed.
What has made the demographic of heroin abuse change so significantly?
There are more stipulations on prescription drugs so people who are addicted to opiates will turn to heroin to feed their cravings. Pharmaceutical companies have made opiate painkillers like OxyContin tamper proof which means it is difficult to crush and snort the drug. Another reason it is harder to obtain prescription narcotics is because doctors are catching onto patients who are doctor-shopping because many states are using a database to track who receives painkillers.
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The new generation of heroin users has no idea of the dangers of heroin abuse and the high incidence of death by overdose. People can still use heroin and function and it is entirely possible to hide one’s addiction, but not forever. But at some point in time, heroin use will destroy your life and in all probability, you will die from an overdose.
Even someone who has sought treatment and become clean for years can experience a relapse. Philip Seymour Hoffman had reportedly been sober for more than 20 years, but in the end, the allure of heroin was too great and he succumbed to an overdose and was killed.
While it is hard to get clean from heroin, it is not impossible. Clinicians and rehab experts have seen the worst of the worst and been there to watch as these individuals have fought back and won their battle with heroin addiction. There is never any situation which is beyond all hope and when you contact the California Addiction Network, you can get the help you need at a time when you need it most.