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Heroin and Heartache

drugs; Heroin

Two weeks ago today, I found my 23 year old son in the bathroom; he had overdosed. When I called you, I was in shock and panicking over the discovery that my son was a heroin user.

You gave me some very solid advice, as well as a direct referral to an outpatient treatment clinic. Apparently the norm in the substance abuse recovery world is that the person needing help has to make the effort to find the appropriate help on their own – which usually requires visiting or calling many places.  As you correctly identified, I was not in any emotional shape to go on such a mission, nor was I willing to let my son do it on his own. I needed help and you gave it to me. 

The outpatient treatment clinic doctor called me back right away and that conversation also ended up being huge in terms of how we should handle things – as we ended up using a lot of love and patience, as opposed to guilt and anger. As a result, my son agreed to stay home for a week to detox and get set up in treatment.

When he was seen at the clinic last week, he tested clean.  They decided that his job was a good thing for him to keep, as it keeps him busy 50-60 hours a week and it has real positive meaning for him. Losing the job would probably add to the issues he may have to deal with.  He’s scheduled to see a counselor one night a week, and they are working on getting him in group sessions.  I’m relieved to say that he tested clean again last night. 

He has been fully compliant with all recovery suggestions. Together, we worked out a budget and developed a system to pay his bills. He agreed to let us give him a daily allowance. Now he can buy things he needs that he hasn’t bought over the last several years due to his addiction. He actually seems to be happy about that. 

I want to believe that one big thing keeping our son from recovery was his desire to not be discovered by us. Now that it’s out in the open, I think he is actually experiencing relief. So, there is a lot of hope right now. Of course we understand that we are just getting started. But we are moving in the right direction.

Thank you for your help.

-Name withheld

The resurgence in Heroin abuse is a direct result of the prescription pain medication problem which began about five years ago. Often, young people in search of a high don’t have to look any further than a household medicine cabinet to find legal opiates in the form of OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin prescribed to their aging parents and grandparents.  

Soon the teenagers learn that they can intensify the high by crushing the pills and snorting the powder. Before long, they are increasing the quantity of the drug and the frequency with which they need to get high. Eventually many will step up to Heroin because it’s often easier to obtain than prescription drugs. The Heroin on the market today is synthetic so it is more potent and less expensive.

The face of a Heroin abuser has changed over the years. Now, college-aged kids from the suburbs compose the majority of this class of drug user. They go to great lengths to keep their drug use a secret; many don’t even ask their families for help when they decide to try and get clean.

IMPACT offers free and confidential alcohol and drug consultations performed by certified counselors and other AODA professionals. You may contact IMPACT for yourself or on behalf of a loved one. Counselors are available by phone to talk through the situation with you, clearly identify the problem, assess the severity, help assemble a plan of action, and connect you with the appropriate resources.

Because IMPACT is not a treatment provider or affiliated with any health care provider, our referrals are based solely on the needs of the individual. Treatment is not always the recommended course of action.

For more information, please call IMPACT at (414)256-4808.

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