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Can - And Will - Heroin Kill You?

 We hear a lot about the use of heroin, especially with the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. But is heroin dangerous enough to kill you? If you talk to substance abuse experts, the answer will be a resounding yes, as too much heroin can cause a fatal overdose.

The Addictive Nature of Heroin

 Heroin use is on the rise. This highly addictive narcotic has become more widely available, is cheaper than ever, and is purer in form. There are two main reasons for these changes: the federal crackdown on prescription pill abuse, and the correlating influx of heroin into the black market by drug cartels. 

Why do Relapses Occur?

 A relapse can occur for any number of reasons: pain pills after an accident, a death of a loved one, a job loss, a promotion, a hard time, a good time, a marriage, a divorce… most anything can push alcoholics and addicts back into their disease if they are not working hard to stay sober. 

Becoming overwhelmed by the trials of life instead of continuing to make recovery the number one priority above all else can lead directly back to the bottom. 

 

What are the Long Term Effects of Alcohol?

Most of us know about the short-term effects of alcohol on the body, but what we might not be aware of are the long term affects. Over years, alcohol can wreak havoc on the body and can affect mental health as well.  Physicians urge patients to give up alcohol entirely or at the very least drink only on rare occasions.

Short term effects

Celebrity Addiction and Recovery

 With the recent passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, celebrity addiction is headline news again. The actor’s overdose on heroin after over 20 years of sobriety brought the focus back to fact that drugs and alcohol don’t discriminate when it comes to ruining lives. Stars from every genre have been afflicted by addiction, and unfortunately our fascination with the trials of hitting bottom and gaining recovery mean they often sort through difficulties in the public eye.

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