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Addicted To Heroin

Published: March 31, 2015
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am addicted to heroine. I dont think my family or friends know. I know that its bad, but i cannot bring myself to quit. I dont want to tell anyone, so anything you say can help me.

Signed: Addicted To Heroin

Dear Addicted To Heroin,


TeenHealthFX would imagine that you are feeling very torn right now. If you know all the facts about heroin, then you are clear about the short-term and long-term damage you are doing to your body. However, if you are addicted to heroin, you have a physical dependence to the drug where your body has adapted to the presence of the drug and will go through withdrawal symptoms if the amount of heroine you are taking is reduced or stopped. So while one part of you wanted to stop, the other addicted part of you needs the drug physically and mentally at this point.


Since you probably have this inner conflict going about seeking out help for yourself, FX thinks you are going to need to heavily rely on your family and friends to get you into treatment. There are a range of treatments for heroin addiction, including medications and behavioral therapies – and when people are given medication treatment along with the right supportive services, many are able to stop using heroine and return to stable and productive lives. So you can get better and treatment can help – you just need your friends and family to provide you the help and support you need to ensure that you seek out the right kind of treatment.


As soon as possible tell your parents, a friend, a staff member at school, or any other trusted adult about this problem – you could even show them this question/answer if that would make things easier for you – and let them know that you need their help so that you can help yourself to deal with this problem. That way you can have the adults around you ensuring that you are receiving the proper treatment so that you can safely withdraw from the heroin, as well as to find a way to live without it in the long-term.



It sounds like you already know what the heroin is doing to your body – but if you need some reminders about the short and long-term effects of heroin use go to The National Institute on Drug Abuse website.




To find treatment centers in your area, go to the Drug-Rehabilitation website or call





If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a the right treatment facility you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network day treatment or rehab centers, or you can check with your school social worker or psychologist to get connected to the level of treatment that is currently right for you.


For help and information you can also contact the National Institute on Drug Abuse & Alcoholism at 1-888-644-6432.

Signed: TeenHealthFX