Heroin: Personal and social consequences
Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 4:13 pm
There is nothing glamorous, cool, or chic about heroin use. It is a personally and socially destructive compound that in imperceptible stages can reorient the user’s priorities around its consumption.
Few, if any, heroin addicts set out to sacrifice their families, friends, and futures in service of their next fix, but that is what often happens. Heroin gradually sinks its hooks deeper into the user’s psyche. What starts out as very occasional use can evolve in small steps to more frequent use. Monthly use can soon become weekly use. Before long, it is the drug that is dictating when it is consumed.
Heroin addiction is not easy or cheap to overcome. Many heroin addicts face a life of continual relapse, declining economic opportunity, broken families, and failing health. In a Rolling Stone interview, one user who failed in her attempt to stay clean likened the experience of sobriety to wanting to tear the muscle off her bones.
Heroin abuse has repercussions that extend far beyond the individual user and his or her family. The consequences of drug abuse and addiction carry a social price in festering criminality, violence, and disruptions to the workplace and educational environments that cost billions of dollars each year.