Miami Heroin Epidemic
Fatalities are rising in Miami, and across the state of Florida. Certain areas have seen an 84% increase in Heroin use, as much as double the amount of people sent into rehabilitation, and a monopolizing illegal Heroin market on the rise. Police have gone from capturing mere grams of Heroin in the last 5-7 years, to an increase of up to 15 pounds. It’s not slowing down.
Most of these cases are area-specific, such as West Palm Beach and most of Orange County, but as we’ve seen in other states such as Massachusetts, Heroin is an epidemic that spreads like a slow-moving illness. Part of the epidemic is completely to blame on prescription medication being used as a “gateway drug” into Heroin, where users search for that same high.
Across all of America, and especially in Miami, there’s been a major crackdown on how easy it is to be prescribed, and obtain high-level painkillers. It’s had a negative effect. With such an easy time in recent years to get your hands-on prescription painkillers, and now a sudden stop, people have turned to an alternative: Heroin. It’s become one of the most popular drugs in all of the United States, and it has a chokehold on Miami.
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Other Miami Drug Problems
No matter how you look at it, nobody walks through life with the intent to become addicted to harmful drugs and high level of alcohol. We all know how detrimental they are to your health, we all know the associated risks. Most of us have even been in a relationship with or had a family member who was addicted to drugs or alcohol. Here’s the difference: most of them got better, because the world looked at it as a health issue.
Nowadays in Miami and the rest of America, drug addicts and alcoholics have a stigma associated with them that makes it difficult to look at them and say, “They need help.” There’s often a negative reaction when you spot someone who’s clearly high or drunk in a public area. Instead, we should be looking at them and wondering what happened, and how they can be helped. Nobody wants this life.
Other issues in Miami come down to more than just the crackdown on painkillers. Miami sees a lot of drug traffic due to the widespread shorelines and importation of drugs from countries like Cuba and areas along the Gulf of Mexico. On law enforcement’s side, it’s becoming a great issue to public health. People are dying over the drug trade, and because of its persistent presence in Miami, there’s a higher chance that someone will be exposed to drugs in Miami than most other cities.
How To Perform An Intervention
Coming to the realization that your loved one is addicted to drugs can be startling, to say the least. Admitting it to yourself is a whole different ball game. Most times, admitting it to yourself comes with the realization that it’s been going on for far too long. Waiting any longer isn’t an option. The first thing you should do is consult a drug or alcohol intervention specialist. An interventionist can give you the structure you need to properly deliver an intervention without many of the risks associated with doing it without advisory.
Interventions follow the same basic setup, whether it’s for a drug addict or an alcoholic. You gather those who are close to your loved one, (usually friends and family), and, in a structured environment, reveal your feelings and concerns to the individual. Leaving an impactful set of statements and an ultimatum can help them see the light.
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When Should You Call An Interventionist?
It’s easy to tell when an addiction has gone on too long. It’s not easy to see if you were an enabler, or if you’ve just been ignoring the issue for far too long to deny it to yourself. What is easy is picking up the phone or sending an inquiry to an interventionist in Miami. Planning and gathering your friends and family can raise a lot of problems and feelings that the addict in question doesn’t even know is going on. It makes the process extremely difficult.
An interventionist takes most of that worry and stressful planning away. Someone who does it professionally understands the potential pitfalls and difficulty that arises when you try to map one out on your own, especially with over-emotional members of your family that are just making the unpleasant process that much more so.
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A professional knows when emotions are on-high, and how to quell those outbursts before they happen. Keeping a collected vibe during the intervention can be the make-or-break point with the individual in question. If they feel like they’re being attacked, then they won’t listen to reason. Most of us don’t want to listen to someone’s violent outbursts when we’re sober—when a substance is involved, it only intensifies the desire to leave and shield yourself from verbal fire.
Interventionists can whip together interventions at a quicker speed; time is the last thing you want to mess around with. The quicker the intervention proceeds, the less damage can be done to your loved one’s body from their addiction. For more information on interventions or treatment in general, contact a treatment provider today.
Ashish Bhatt, MD, MRO
Doctor of Addiction Medicine
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Doctor of Addiction Medicine
Expert in adult and child psychiatry
Over 20 years of professional experience