Heroin addiction has emerged as a concerning public health issue, affecting individuals from all walks of life with its potent grasp on both the body in mind. By hijacking the brain, heroin provides euphoria to its user, increasing the risk of dependence, addiction, and overdose.
In 2021, there were more than 9,000 fatalities from heroin overdose in the United States. Additionally, over 11% of opioid-related deaths involved heroin use. This article aims to break down the complexity of heroin addiction, detailing the path to recovery, from medical detox to treatment options and more.