At kathy ireland®
Recovery Centers, we offer evidence-based treatments for individuals struggling with substance use disorders (SUDs), including heroin use disorder (HUD). According to the Heroin Research Report shared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2016, “about 948,000 Americans reported using heroin
in the past year,” with nearly 170,000 of them misusing heroin for the first time. The number of individuals abusing heroin has increased substantially in the last five years. At our Williamson, West Virginia location, we offer various treatments and services to help you overcome challenges related to recovering from heroin use disorder and related conditions.
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid that legitimate medical doctors do not currently use. According to a report by NIDA, “an estimated 4 to 6 percent [of individuals] who misuse prescription opioids switch to heroin and about 80 percent of people who used heroin first misused prescription opioids.” Repeated use of this drug can lead to heroin use disorder and increases the risk of other conditions, including mental health disorders and permanent changes to the body. For example, frequent use can physically change the structure of the brain.