Illinois: In the Eye of the Heroin Storm

It is unfortunate for the residents of Illinois that heroin is so accessible here in particular—and it’s a matter of great concern to the clinical team at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

Heroin is an illegal Schedule I drug, meaning it is in the group of the most highly addictive drugs. It affects the regions of the brain responsible for producing physical dependence. Heroin is one of the most frequently reported drugs by medical examiners in drug abuse deaths. People who use heroin repeatedly develop a tolerance and consume higher doses to induce the intended high.

A 2010 study by Roosevelt University determined that the city with the highest prevalence of heroin use and associated problems in the U.S. is Chicago. The study reported that, from 2004-2008, Chicago had the most heroin-related emergency room visits per capita of any city in the U.S.—almost 50 percent more than New York City, the city with the second highest rate.

Historically an urban problem, heroin has spread into the suburbs and rural towns. Illinois police departments continue to report an increase in heroin use among adolescents in the suburbs surrounding Chicago. Most alarming, there have already been eight heroin-related deaths in Will County in 2012.

Treatment for heroin addiction is essential to overcoming the physical and emotional dependence it causes. We have more than 40 years of experience in treating heroin addiction in adults and adolescents. Heroin is the third most popular drug of choice among individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment (alcohol is first followed by marijuana).

If you have any questions about treatment programs offered at Gateway or thoughts to share, please comment below or call the toll free number for answers at 877-505-HOPE (4673).

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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