Heroin and the Holidays: Why Now is the Right Time to Get Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Posted on: December 6, 2017
Tags: Rx drugs, Counseling, Sobriety, Anxiety, Recovery,

For many people, the holiday season is a period of both joy and stress. The holidays signal a time for friends and families to reunite, which can often be overwhelming for individuals dealing with a substance use disorder.

 

People with an addiction to opiates may isolate themselves from friends or family to avoid them from finding out about their addiction. During the holiday season, usage frequency or dosage amounts of heroin may increase, leading to an elevated risk of overdose during this time. If you are struggling with an addiction to opiates, or if you think a loved one has a substance use disorder, here are three reasons why the holiday season is the perfect time to find treatment.

 

Increased Stress

While the holidays are often filled with fun and festivities, the high expectations of the holiday season can lead to increased stress for both the individual with a substance use disorder and his or her family. For a person struggling with addiction, stress can occur around the holiday season due to factors like financial concerns, damaged relationships, and declining mental and physical health. Fearful of friends and families finding out about their addiction, some people cancel plans with loved ones and spend their holidays in isolation, often turning to drugs or alcohol as an escape. While the holidays can be stressful, there is hope for recovery. If you’re wondering about treatment options for yourself or a loved one, contact us today. We can help you connect with a provider agency nearby to help you, a friend, or a relative overcome an addiction to opiates and regain control of their life again.

 

Strained Relationships

It can be incredibly painful to see a loved one struggling with an addiction. People with a substance use disorder often isolate themselves from family and friends to avoid admitting their problems. This isolation often leads to strained or broken relationships among family and friends at a time where the individual desperately needs support. If you think your loved one is combating a heroin addiction, don’t delay looking for treatment until after the holiday season. We can help you find more information about treatment options and nearby recovery partners. 

 

Dealing with Emotional Instability

Frequent use of opiates like heroin can take a toll on one’s emotional well-being. Individuals with an addiction to opioids also frequently struggle with the symptoms of a mental heath condition or conditions, such as bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Long-term users of opiates such as heroin can develop a tolerance, causing them to take larger and larger doses to feel the effects of the drug. This vicious cycle of addiction can intensify during this season, particularly for individuals who rely on heroin to cope with the emotional instability and stress of the holidays. However, when people find treatment, they often learn new, healthy ways to cope with the triggers that may have led them to a drug addiction in the first place.

 

Why the Time is Now

The holidays are a great time to start finding treatment for heroin addiction. Experiencing the holiday season without a dependence on heroin or opiates can be a wonderful change for both the individual with addiction and his or her family and friends. People in recovery often find that their first holiday season in sobriety is an entirely new and enjoyable experience.

 

If you or someone you love is struggling with a heroin addiction this holiday season, now is the time to find treatment. Recovery is possible, and we are here to help you find the treatment option that works for you. If you’re wondering about addiction support for yourself or a loved one, or need help locating a treatment program in Warren or Clinton Counties, fill out our free and confidential form below. 

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Doing Away with Stigma

Walking through a grocery store recently, I took my cart down an aisle in search of sweetner. i'd been to this store several times, but it was apparent someone had decided it was time to rearrange where everything could be found. My usual spot was no longer the right one.

Anyway, as I made my way down the new aisle where I could find what I was looking for, I passed a couple of people engaged in conversation. It was clear they were discussing someone they both knew. Just as I passed by, I heard a comment that struck me as odd.

"You know, she's been psycho for years," one of them said. "I think she was in that mental hospital down in Cincinnati. Her family just doesn't know what else to do."

Maybe they realized they'd been a little louder than they thought, because they looked at me and my look of surprise and, perhaps, disappointment, and moved on.

That whole episode told me we've got a long way to go when it comes to mental health stigma. Groups like NAMI and Mental Health America have been fighting it for years. MHRS has also worked locally, taking the message that mental illness isn't a dirty phrase to schools, community groups, and more.

But it's clear we all can do so much more - and we at MHRS are going to do out part to help the community. Soon we will be launching a new Speakers' Bureau to talk with community groups, neighborhood associations, congregations at places of worship, and more about what's happening in mental health care locally. We'll also talk about what stigma means and how to avoid it.

Until then, there's plenty you can do to help us out. Here are just  a few:

  1. Talk about it. If you know someone who's been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, speak up and let people know what it's like for that person - and for you, too, as a supporter.
  2. Be conscious of the words you use. Language matters. Some people get used to using mental health conditions as adjectives to describe mental illness, like the people at the store using the word "psycho". Those terms don't help.
  3. Educate yourself and others. Find information about mental health issues and learn how people living with a mental illness might feel.
  4. Let media know when they stigmatize mental illness. If you see a show that includes making fun of a mental illness or one with a problem storyline, write or call them and let them know.

There are lots of things you can do to help break the cycle of stigma in our community and beyond. Give us a call or visit our website for helpful resources. Breaking that cycle starts with all of us!

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4 Great Reasons to Get Help for Opiate Addiction Today

Posted on: October 30, 2017
Tags: Rx drugs, Recovery, Counseling, Addiction, Opiates, Heroin,

Opiates, such as heroin, are highly addictive drugs. At first, the signs of addiction may not always be prevalent, but prolonged use of opiates can lead to tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction. Individuals battling an addiction to opiates will often continue using the drug despite the negative consequences to their relationships, finances, and physical and mental health. Many individuals will also deny their addiction to opiates, because they are afraid of judgment from family or friends, or because they are not fully aware of its negative effects on their life.

With recovery, there is hope for healing from the pain of addiction. If you or a loved one is battling an addiction to opiates such as heroin, now is the time to seek help for treatment. Here are four reasons to start looking for help today.

1. Recovery is better with support

Maybe you or a loved one has tried to quit using drugs like heroin in the past with no success. This fear of failure can fill people with self-doubt, tricking them into believing they will never succeed in recovery. It’s true; recovery is challenging, ongoing process. But with the support of counselors, medical professionals, and peers in recovery, individuals with a substance use disorder can stay encouraged and motivated to overcome these challenges.

2. There are options for recovery

When it comes to treating addiction, no two individuals are alike. When you make the decision to enroll in a recovery program, you’ll work directly with a counselor to create an individualized treatment plan that works for you. Many of our outpatient provider partners will help you work around a busy work schedule, with treatment options in late afternoon and evenings to avoid the need to use their vacation time or sick leave. This customized approach to treatment ensures that you are in control throughout the recovery process.

3. Recovery can be affordable

Many people avoid starting recovery because they are unsure if they can afford it. We understand this concern. That’s why we work to knock down any cost barriers that prevent individuals from receiving treatment. Regardless of ability to pay, we encourage treatment. We have service contracts in place with our provider agencies to offer a continuum of care and income-based assistance. Recovery is possible, and we can help you find an option that works for you.

4. Now is the time

The effects of addiction are far-reaching. An addiction to opiates like heroin can lead to financial concerns, strained relationships, and damaged mental and physical health. Heroin addiction can tear families apart with the devastation of an overdose. That’s why now is the time to start looking for help with addiction. There is hope for recovery, and it can start with you.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opiates like heroin, there is no better time to reach out for professional help. Complete the confidential form below to receive more information on the different types of treatment options and our local provider network. We’re standing by to listen and answer your questions without judgment.

If you want specific information on treatments or are wondering how to obtain an intake packet for recovery, contact one of the providers in our network directly to get started. 

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