Prescriptions and Heroin: An American Problem

Prescriptions and Heroin: an American Problem

Friday, January 12, 2018 | By Chris Clancy

America is facing a problem that it’s never seen before. The Opioid Epidemic has reached every corner of the country and affected millions of families. The President recently declared a National Emergency around the Opioid Crisis. Not many states have been hit as hard as Kentucky.

According to a 2016 report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control, 1404 people had fatal overdoses with the largest group being 35 to 44 years old, followed by 45 to 54 years old.

Addiction Does Not Discriminate

It’s common to assume that this epidemic affects millennials in their 20s, and this is true, but it is becoming clear that it is not exclusive to young people, gender, race, or economic background. Everyone is affected.

More often than not people become addicted by taking or experimenting with prescription painkillers. But as doctors refused a refill and the price for opiates on the street rose to a dollar or more a milligram, heroin became the cheaper, easier option.

Sadly, most don’t understand why an addict continues to use in the face of devastating consequences. Opioid addiction, whether heroin or prescription, can lead to a physical dependence where an addict becomes physically sick when they go without using. Click here for more details on withdrawal.

They feel sick and unwell when they do not use. So often an addict will go drastic lengths to get the drugs their body craves. This can lead to lost jobs, arrests, or hospitalizations. It is important to remember that an addict is sick and addiction is a disease. Help is available and recovery is possible. It happens every day.

The only immediate ease and relief that an addict can get (in the short run) is to use again. But many who go to treatment leave their addiction behind them and never use again.

Recovery is possible. Help is available.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction, please call now. We will do everything in our power to help you and your family.

Families, friends, police, doctors, teachers. Nearly everyone has been directly or indirectly affected by the loss of a loved one who struggled with addiction. In Kentucky, nearly every county has been struck by this epidemic. But there are thousands who have beaten their addiction and moved on to a life of recovery.

Treatment at JourneyPure Bowling Green

JourneyPure offers treatment to treat opioid, and other forms of addiction. We can assist with detox and offer residential treatment to get to the root of the issue. We treat the whole problem, the co-occurring issues, and the substance abuse problem to help prepare every client for a successful life.

Our staff knows the struggles of addiction and will work with you or your loved one on every level. Using specialized, individualized care each client will be able to grow and thrive in a sober environment. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get the best treatment for yourself or a loved one.

Fill out the form below and we will reach out to you to let you know how we can help you get your life back!


Stay Up To Date

  • I Think I’m Addicted to Prescription Meds – Am I an Addict?

    “It’s been prescribed to me, so it isn’t dangerous.”   This is one of the greatest myths surrounding prescription painkillers. When you think of substance abuse, you probably think of street drugs. But did you know prescription medicatio

  • 5 Stress Relief Tools for Recovering Addicts

    Family problems, traffic jams and looming deadlines. Everybody has experienced stress at some point, but for individuals suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, stress can be destructive. Stress overload – or an inability

  • 10 Common Fears of Rehab and How to Overcome Them

    Making the decision to enter a treatment facility to get help with an addiction is certainly not easy. There are many common fears of entering rehab that come up when contemplating this decision. The good news is, you’re not alone in feeling this w

  • parent enabling daughter

    How to Stop Enabling an Addict

    Addiction is a tough disease — both for the person with the problem, as well as their friends and families, who may feel helpless in their ability to keep a loved one out of harm’s way. Though addictions only affect the addict themselves on a phy

  • Staying Motivated in Recovery

    Staying Motivated in Recovery

    Addiction is a deadly disease that can sneak up on you when you least expect it. One minute you think you have your life under control and the next minute you realize you are lying to everyone, including yourself. You have difficulty managing your wo

  • 12-Step Meetings: What to Expect

    If you’ve just completed a treatment program and are looking to get connected to people in recovery or if you’d like to stop drinking or using drugs and are looking for some support, 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonym

  • Michaela’s Story: Road to Recovery

    It is estimated more than two-thirds of people that struggle with addiction have experienced some type of childhood trauma. For Michaela S., it was a family tragedy. She was just 9-years-old when she lost her brother in an ATV accident. He was only a

  • Sober Fall Activities Near Bowling Green

    Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather and head out for some festive family activities. A major contributor in long-term recovery and preventing relapse is steering clear of triggers. The best way to do that is to change you

  • A Guide to 12-Step Meetings

    As part of your continuing care plan, it will be recommended you attend regular 12-step meetings for support and encouragement. Understanding the founding principles and the general meeting guidelines can help ease some fears and anxiety you might be

  • Finding Hope through Family Therapy

    At JourneyPure Bowling Green, we feel very strongly that family involvement throughout one’s addiction treatment is essential for long-term recovery. Organizations including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and U.S. Department of Health and Hum

  • The Heroin Epidemic in Kentucky

    Known as “The Bluegrass State,” Kentucky is home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby, is notorious for its bourbon, coal mines and even fried chicken. What it’s lesser known is the devastating effect heroin is having on families. There is a hero

  • songwriting therapy

    Songwriting Therapy Heals Patients in Recovery

    For many, especially those undergoing treatment for addiction and mental health issues, it can be difficult to express feelings verbally. Addiction is rarely the only struggle one’s facing when they enter treatment; it’s often coupled with some t



  • Everyone who works here is very kind and helpful. They really want what is best for you. The housing is super nice and comfortable. I am very pleased with the time I spent here.



  • JourneyPure Bowling Green has changed my life this is the first time I have ever been to a Rehabilitation Center and while it was not at all what I expected, it was exactly what I needed.



  • Great place. I learned much here about my addiction and I feel that I now have the tools to control it. They have great a great staff and the accommodations are top notch.

    Terry F


  • My family member is still sober a year and a half after his treatment stay here.



  • This place was GREAT! I feel like they helped me with much more than I expected.

    Tim M


  • I loved my time here and I learned a lot about my recovery. All the staff were great and really helped me in the areas that I needed help in.

    Caleb H


  • The people here are very nice and will do whatever it takes to help you out, they are very helpful, its a great place to start off your sobriety



  • I have enjoyed my stay and feel very confident in my recovery. Everyone here has been wonderful and very helpful. I would recommend Journey Pure to anyone seeking recovery.