Most addicts never thought they’d end up addicted to mood-altering drugs
More and more, we’re finding that white collar professionals like doctors and lawyers, honor students, and middle-aged people are developing addictions. These people are a far cry from the “junkie” stereotype perpetuated by TV and movies, but their addictions are just as tenacious, destructive, and deadly as any other. We find that many of these people began their addictions by taking drugs a doctor prescribed, not knowing that they would lead to addiction. Opioid painkillers are being prescribed more often than ever. If someone is hooked on them, they run the risk of turning to the more potent, cheaper, and more dangerous opioid: heroin. This is how we get hardcore heroin addicts who would have never willingly touched drugs a year earlier. Addiction doesn’t care who you are—once you’re hooked, you’re hooked, and you need treatment to get into recovery.