There is no hell quite like the hell of watching HEROIN change somebody you love into somebody you don't even know. How many of you have lived through the hell of watching the disease of addiction destroy an addict's life and the lives of those around them? I am sure most of our readers have been down this road of hell with your addict as they fought or continue to fight this disease that has totally consumed their mental and physical health and also that of those around them.
I talk daily to family members, friends and addicts themselves who struggle with how to but this monster called addiction in its grave. It's a living hell for the addict 24/7 just like it is for those of us who sit and watch their struggle and wonder how we can pull our loved ones from the depths of this hell. Addicts become zombies who look to feed their evil craving of addiction regardless of how or who it affects. These zombies aren't like the evil ones portrayed in movies but they are our loved ones who are suffering from the consequences of a bad choice to try heroin for what ever reason.
These reasons range from maybe a friend introducing them to heroin after school or maybe they became addicted to the painkillers they took for an injury and couldn't afford them any longer so then heroin stepped into their life and said "I am cheap, so give me a shot". The list of possibilites of why someone became hooked on heroin goes on and on. I have heard many of them but the one thing I don't recall hearing from anyone is that the addict wants this disease of addiction in their life. Have you ever heard someone growing up and say that they want to be an addict for a living?
The stigma of addiction has also made the life of an addict and those around them worse. Think about it. If you were addicted to heroin and people constantly referred to you an a "junkie" or "loser" or maybe a "dopefien" would you be inclined to seek help for your addiction or would you be shamed by the stigma and continue to run instead of seeking help? Remember these are addicts we are talking about and their mental thought process is severely affected by their addiction. For these addicts to be badgered, belittled and exiled because of our social values we uphold because of the senseless stigma that comes from people who don't fully understand what addiction means is a true crime right here in America and addiction continues to sweep under the rug.
So I ask you. Do you understand the true meaning of addiction? Will you look at an addict differently after reading our thoughts in this article? Are you ready to "Take a Stand Against the Stigma of Addiction"?
- Heroin Support Inc