In Baltimore, it is estimated that there are 50,000-60,000 people suffering from heroin addiction, or 1 in 10 people, which is the highest per capita rate in the U.S. and it continues to rise.
Heroin is an opioid drug that when administered, whether injected, snorted, or smoked, rapidly enters the brain and binds
to opioid receptors. These opioid receptors are involved in the perception of pain and reward. Feelings of escape, euphoria, and pain relief, both mental and physical, may follow.
After extended opiate use, a persons own body may produce less endorphins (natural opiates) and therefore, one may feel the need to continue using heroin, or other opiates, in order to avoid feelings of pain and sickness (withdrawal).
However, addiction is a treatable disease. Every year, many people who utilize evidence-based interventions successfully stop abusing drugs and begin to experience productive and healthy lives. Structured and comprehensive treatment strategies enable people to counteract addiction's powerfully disruptive effects on their brain and behavior, and regain control of their lives. Individuals gain the opportunity to rediscover their passions, self-worth, sense of purpose, as well as meaningful interpersonal relationships with loved ones and a healthy and supportive environment.
Addiction can be managed successfully.