We’ve all heard it. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Not only that, but its target demographic and distribution pipelines have changed, and not for the better. Historically, the age range for most heroin deaths has been 40-to-45. Today, that average is between 18 and 25. Moreover, 75 percent of current heroin users live in non-urban areas. Meaning? Heroin has entered the mainstream.

As heroin effects an ever more vulnerable population, can heroin addicts ever really recover? It is true that recovering from any substance abuse addiction can prove to be difficult. But heroin can play some nasty tricks, tricks that can undermine resolve and sabotage even those who are seemingly committed to recovery. Even though no one has ever died from heroin withdrawal, the process is excruciating. For many, it’s the agony of the anticipation of withdrawal that is oftentimes worse than the real thing. Heroin is considered the hardest drug to kick. And once they quit, more than 90 percent will relapse.


To regain control over heroin addiction, the brain must be retrained and reprogrammed over time, and self-denial alone will not be enough to make that happen. There are many obstacles in the path to heroin addiction rehabilitation. One of the main barriers that heroin addicts face is failing to understand that recovery is a long-term process. Having the willingness to recover is the first step, and definitely one of the most important in overcoming addiction. However, you must keep in mind that making the decision to recover is only the first step. A period of detoxification must happen for anyone in the process of substance abuse rehabilitation, followed by therapy and the constant non-judging support of a community. Overcoming withdrawal symptoms during this stage is critical and many will relapse under the pressure.

Furthermore, the underlying psychological issues shouldn’t be taken lightly. They may be hurdles to overcome in the process. Many heroin addicts also suffer from psychological problems which may have been the trigger to start using in the first place.

The longer the addiction, the harder it is to break. People who do drugs for long periods will suffer harsher withdrawal symptoms. Also, depriving the body of something that has been “essential” to it for a long period of time can leave it in a depleted state, both physically and psychologically.


PBS explains that heroin is processed by adding acetic anhydride to simple morphine and bringing the substance to a boil. As the compounds coalesce, the raw heroin will sink. Because of the uncertainty of the purity and content of street heroin, the danger of a fatal overdose is also higher than with most illegal drugs. For this reason heroin addicts are constantly menaced by the specter of death.

Here is a list of situations that could push individuals into using heroin.

  • Many who have experienced psychological or physical trauma earlier in their lives gravitate toward the use of opiates. Many times people find in heroin an escape from abusive partners, family members, or stressful situations without realizing that by not expressing unresolved grief they become a victim of a very dangerous drug.
  • Heroin is habit-forming – not just psychologically, but physically. After using it on a continuous basis, the body becomes dependent on the toxins released into the system by the drug and starts craving them. It is at this point when the body begins to experience withdrawal symptoms in the absence of the drug.
  • Withdrawal symptoms are excruciating, hence preventing many heroin users from taking the road to recovery and relapsing very often for small doses to get by their withdrawal suffering.

These are just a few reasons why people fall prey to heroin and relapse to it. Every person has his or her own story. Would you like to share yours?


You may have heard many heroin addiction stories about addicts who have lost everything…family, money, etc, and who ended in a life of misery. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that every heroin user needs to get to that point to decide to get help. It is worth noting, though, that no matter how much the family of a heroin addict tries to get him or her into recovery; it is the user the one who must decide to seek professional help. For loved ones, the best they can do is to offer their non-judging support.


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BLVD Treatment Centers https://www.blvdcenters.org/blog/heroin-today-this-isnt-your-fathers-heroin, Retrieved April 2016

PBS https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heroin/transform/ Retrieved April 6

Can Heroin Addicts Really Recover?