“Many experts have documented that patients who started legal, prescribed, regular opioid painkillers and became addicted, then switched to heroin when their doctors cut them off or they could no longer afford the pills. Some addicts originally were workers injured on the job, victims of auto accidents, or even young athletes with sports injuries who started taking opioid-based pain medication like Vicodin or OxyContin for a legitimate pain condition and end up addicted.” (from the book “Our 50-State Border Crisis”)

Rico got caught-up as a teen with being a heroin addict on the streets of New York.

Have you ever tried to kick an addiction? Rico shares about his addiction on Passages.

We go inside the world of the heroin addict with Rico. Listen to him talk about fading into despair.

Rico struggles with his withdraw from heroin. Support and care by people help to bring him out of being high.

It is an emotional war with being addicted to heroin. “I couldn’t open up to admit to my addiction.”

Hope is found in the early part of Rico’s treatment. Again, he tries to kick the heroin habit.

It takes special support to have healing begin! Rico goes onto beat the heroin addiction and is now a professor at a United Methodist seminary.

 

Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy

Why is adolescence a critical time for preventing drug addiction? As noted previously, early use of drugs increases a person’s chances of developing addiction. Remember, drugs change brains-and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems. So, preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may go a long way in reducing these risks.

We keep in our thoughts and prayers all those folks in the process of recovery and healing in their lives!