The Boston Globe recently reported a sharp increase in rates of heroin use and abuse in the Greater Boston area, particularly among young individuals of relatively high socioeconomic status, a group that up until now was considered to be at a low risk for opiate addiction. Simultaneously, deaths due to heroin overdose have quadrupled in the past four years, passing 1,000 deaths per year in 2014 (source: National Institute on Drug Abuse). In this report was the story of a young woman named Rebecca, who began using prescription drugs at high school parties. By the time she was twenty years old, she was addicted to heroin, failing out of college, and watching her life spin out of control. Thankfully she entered rehab, and is now living sober at the age of 23. If you are interested in reading the article in full, it can be found here.
Now more than ever it seems that the population of Boston needs to hear that there is hope: recovery is possible. If you identify with any part of Rebecca's story, or have a family member or friend who is struggling with addiction, there are many treatment options available. The first step on the road sobriety the struggling individual admitting he or she has a problem and seeking the help of a professional, who can help you customize a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals. Treatments may include group and individual therapy, supervised methadone treatment to help suppress cravings and make withdrawal more comfortable, drug-specific counseling, and twelve step programs.
Recovery is not an easy journey to embark upon, and there will be bumps along the way. During those times it is important to remember why you started, whether it be your health, your financial stability, your freedom, or your family, keep your reasons close to you in times of struggle, and surround yourself with people who support your journey. Know that you can recover from heroin addiction and reclaim your life, one day at a time.
Rehab Can Be Confidential
For many individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the entire issue surrounding rehab can be difficult to deal with where other people are concerned. There is certainly no reason to be embarrassed about having a disease that you have little to no control over, but with that being said, privacy is still a serious concern for many patients.
It is important to keep in mind that it is definitely possible for your rehabilitation experience to be completely confidential. In this case, traveling for rehab is usually in order. If you're worried about confidentiality in your treatment, there are other options for you as well that will help with your anonymity on campus.
We are here to help you make all of the critical decisions surrounding your choice of drug addiction treatment center, and we would be glad to help you decide whether or not going to a rehab center in your home city would be a good choice for you or not. If you are struggling with this decision, please call our toll-free hotline at your convenience for more information.