Drug Abuse on the Rise in Connecticut

Drug Abuse on the Rise in Connecticut

How Substance Abuse Treatment can Help

If you suspect that a loved one is abusing heroin, you are not alone. Heroin use in suburban Connecticut has nearly doubled in the last decade, reaching “epidemic” levels according to state officials.

With a bag of heroin costing only $5, this potent drug is affordable and all too easy to obtain. Worse, in the last year a highly potent form of heroin hit the streets of suburban Connecticut. Called “New World”, this form of heroin is cheap and highly toxic – fueling a serious epidemic.

Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Centers, like Seastone are available to help combat this epidemic.

The Face of the Connecticut Heroin Epidemic

When most people think about heroin addicts, they imagine homeless, unemployed people who are helplessly addicted to heroin. In reality, the people who become addicted to heroin are often middle class people coming from stable, two parent families and good school systems.

They have good jobs, husbands and wives, and children. Most Connecticut heroin users to do not intentionally start abusing heroin; instead, they become addicted to prescription painkillers following surgery or a serious accident.

Once their prescriptions run out, they start going through withdrawal and become desperate for relief. A single prescription pain pill goes for $20 on the street; a bag of heroin costs only $5.

Heroin is in virtually every suburban Connecticut town, say state police. The stronger forms that can now be snorted rather than injected are increasing the likelihood for heroin abuse throughout the state.

In Willimantic, a town in Eastern Connecticut, social workers estimate that 200 to 300 people are addicted to heroin with an additional 250 visiting the town’s methadone clinic as part of heroin abuse treatment. Willimantic “acts like the regional supermarket for drugs” and is deeply embedded into daily life in towns throughout the state, reports the Hartford Courant.


Trying to Quit Using Heroin

The path to sobriety following heroin addiction is not easy. Once dependence and addiction occurs, medically-supervised detox and a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program is essential to managing withdrawal symptoms and develop an effective coping strategy for heroin cravings.

Many CT heroin users who try to quit attempt to quit cold turkey. Without medical assistance or support, relapse rates are high. According to Connecticut doctor Anthony Roselli, as many as half his patients who abuse heroin end up back on opiates. Rosellli does not blame his patients for becoming addicted to heroin and painkillers. “The average person does not know the risk,” Roselli told Eyewitness 3 News in 2014.

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Does your loved one need help?

Could your loved one benefit from heroin abuse treatment? How can you tell that someone is using heroin or other drugs?

The following signs are common:

  • Drug paraphernalia, such as a needle, spoon, lighter, belt or rope to tie off veins; baggies or balloons are used to obtain and conceal heroin
  • Euphoric behavior followed by hours-long state of drowsiness; sleeping at unusual times or mental sluggishness and slurred speech
  • Withdrawing from social circles and functions, erratic behavior, unpredictable moods and alienation from friends and loved ones
  • Lying or stealing in order to obtain money to buy more heroin

Heroin addiction can happen to anyone. The suburban Connecticut heroin epidemic affects thousands of middle class families. Remember, it is not your loved one’s fault; addiction is not a sign of weakness.

A substance abuse treatment program, like Seastone, is the first step to addressing this addiction and getting back on the road to sobriety. With the right treatment program, your loved one can take the first steps to sobriety and living a drug-free life.