A Conversation I Wish I’d had on Heroin

A very  interesting article that simple clears up some facts about heroin. Facts that everyone considering taking the drug should know before diving into a very dangerous pastime. And facts that everyone who  loves a heroin user should know before passing judgement or trying to enforce an undesired recovery. In my opinion, it’s very well put, stips the bullshit  out of the equation and paints a very accurate and real picture of what heroin is and how it affects its users. Definitely worth the short read.

“I went to my first funeral for a young person who died from a heroin overdose recently. I hope it’s my last.

This young person’s parents are friends of mine — not close friends, but friends. And I keep thinking — Could this senseless death have been prevented? Could a simple conversation have imparted enough information to keep this from happening? I will never know.

Heroin addiction does not discriminate; there really is no stereotypical person who gets addicted to this drug. Heroin is in our inner cities and our affluent suburbs. And the problem is growing.

If I could turn back time, these are the facts I would share with my friend or anyone who has a loved one coming out of rehab for heroin addiction:

– Your kid is not a bad kid; he is a kid with an addictive disorder. He tried heroin and became addicted. Don’t be ashamed of him or this disease. This can happen to anyone’s child.

– Heroin is an opiate, and opiate addiction is relentless and incredibly hard to kick. Other opiates include OxyContin and Vicodin.

– Why? Because heroin floods the pleasure centers of the brain. Users develop a tolerance and more of the drug is needed to achieve the same effect.

– Over time, heroin changes the brain; the brain stops making its own opiates (something our bodies naturally produce and need to survive) and the only way a person can feel better is to keep using.

– An opiate addict’s brain can take months to years before returning to normal function. A recovering addict may experience fatigue, symptoms of depression, and may continue craving heroin long after stopping the drug.” CLICK BELOW TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE>>>>

A Conversation I Wish I’d had on Heroin 

By: Lee Bodkin, director of communications for the Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism in Danbury.



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