Prescription Opiates are a Gateway to Heroin

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Opioid abuse often starts as a seemingly innocent search for pain relief with prescriptions your doctor told you to take, but they’re becoming a gateway drug to stronger, illegal drugs such as heroin.

How Does Opioid Abuse Lead To Heroin?

The reality is opiates are a gateway to heroin. Once an opioid addiction has formed it can be incredibly expensive and difficult to get access to opiates such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Addicts who need the high to escape the pain of withdrawal, their previous injuries or simply chasing the euphoria of a high become desperate. Heroin is cheap and easy enough to find. It also produces a similar high by stimulating the same opioid receptors that opiates such as Vicodin and OxyContin do. According to , heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.

What once sounded crazy now seems tempting. Perhaps you think just once, just one time until I find more opiates. But, the opiates are hard to come by and heroin is just down the street. From here it doesn’t take long before the opiate addiction has grown into a full blown heroin addiction. According to, nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Just like with opiate addiction treatment, the world of heroin treatment is also evolving. The same treatment plans for opioid addiction can be used to treat heroin addiction, as they are both opioid based substances. At Opiate Treatment Centers of America our outpatient treatment plans have proven to also help heroin addicts reach addiction freedom.

While heroin may sound crazy to you, the truth is that opiate addiction is leading to heroin addiction at an alarming rate. Seek treatment for your opiate addiction treatment now before it escalates into a more dangerous and illegal addiction.

At Opiate Addiction Treatment Centers of America, our addiction treatment programs are accessible, affordable and effective. We do not believe in the traditional 12-step program or in-patient rehabilitations. Instead, we combine the powers of Suboxone with behavioral and physical therapies to treat withdrawal symptoms, emotional triggers and the underlying physical pain.


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