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Heroin: Only for the Homeless and Underprivileged?

As heroin increased in popularity within the United States, it was primarily associated with the less fortunate, unemployed, and often homeless. Heroin, while expensive, was known to be an incredibly addictive substance which often wreaked havoc on the lives of users, creating joblessness and poverty among users. While heroin is still deadly and dangerous, it is no longer found mostly among the poor or homeless. Heroin has found its way into homes everywhere. Specifically, middle-class women are at the center of this epidemic.

It may be difficult to believe that women who live in safe, family neighborhoods, raising kids and walking their dogs, are falling victim to immensely addictive, hardened street drugs like heroin, but this is the truth. More often than not, these women don’t just wake up one day and decide to buy illicit drugs off of the streets. It is mostly a progression. It begins with reaching out to their doctors for assistance with problems like anxiety, depression, or pain management from chronic pain or surgery. They have prescribed potentially addictive medications like Xanax, Vicodin, and Percocet. As women continue to use these drugs, their bodies naturally build a tolerance to their effects meaning more and more is needed to experience the same level of relief. When the doctors refuse to continue supplying the medications, the women are already massively addicted and are desperate to find a substitute. Heroin makes a ready alternative. The legalization of marijuana has changed the drug operations, causing a distinct decrease in the price of heroin and making it much more readily available. These things combine to create the epidemic found in the United States today.

Heroin is no longer isolated within bad neighborhoods and gangs. It is dangerous, addictive, and no longer challenging to find. If you or someone you know is fighting addiction, you can fight it, and you can win. Villa Tranquil is a recovery facility welcoming women ages 18-65 to join a positive, supportive community and focus on healing. Your recovery is a priority, and it is time to take the next step. You are worth it, and you deserve a life without drug and alcohol abuse. Villa Tranquil provides companionship among like-minded individuals, opportunities for personal growth and development, and a myriad of recovery services. Call 214-799-3080 to speak with an addiction professional and let Villa Tranquil help you beat addiction.