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Heroin Overdose Effects on Family

By on Nov 4, 2016 in Addiction, Blog

heroin overdose effects on family - patient in ambulance - victory addiction recovery centerHeroin addiction has become an epidemic in the United States, and unfortunately shows no signs of slowing down.

While there are many options for treatment, heroin remains one of the most difficult substances to overcome. This is due largely in part to the fact that the drug is extremely physiologically addictive, as well as psychologically addictive. Many users and addicts would have a chance to beat their habit, if it weren’t for that physical hook. Being horribly sick without the drug turns users into full blown addicts in a short amount of time.

Drug overdoses are common throughout the world, and America is no exception.

In fact, according to Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any other year on record, and the numbers continue to climb. Most people who start experimenting with drugs and alcohol are not deciding to end up as a statistic. Opioid deaths accounted for at least 61% of all overdose deaths when the study was done in 2014. This number includes fatalities from both prescription painkillers and heroin.

When a person is lost to a heroin overdose, what happens to the loved ones who are left to grieve?

What are the heroin overdose effects on family? Family members, especially parents, feel immense guilt for not being able to save their loved one. They typically feel like they should have been able to do more. In addition, there is a stigma around drug addiction itself, and an even bigger one around heroin addicts. This can lead families to feel isolated and misunderstood. When a child or an adult dies from cancer or a tragic car accident, people tend to reach out and show support to family members of the deceased. When someone dies a stigmatized death, the reaction is often quite the opposite–people stay away. There is still such a lack of understanding when it comes drug addiction and the fact that it can happen to anyone. It doesn’t mean the person who has become an addict is a “bad” person. It also doesn’t mean that the parents did a poor job or that they are “bad” parents. This stigma is still, to this day, one of the most harmful heroin overdose effects on family. Families are suffering a horrible and tragic loss, and so often feel shunned on top of it.

As the disease of addiction continues to affect the lives of so many people, of every race, economic status, and religion, people are beginning to come together to change the way the world views addicts.

This is especially important for family members and loved ones of drug addicts and alcoholics. No one can truly understand and support an affected loved one, like another affected loved one. Thanks to the internet and social media outlets, these avenues of support are wide-reaching and available to all who are dealing with heroin overdose effects on family and so much more.

If you or someone you love needs help overcoming addiction, please contact us anytime at (337) 456.9111.

References:
Drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014. (2015, December 18). Retrieved August, 2016.
Overdose Death Rates. (2015, December 10). Retrieved August, 2016.

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