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A heroin addict's life can quickly crumble. The consequences of the habit can cost him his job and the support of family and friends. Feeding the habit can leave him destitute. A squalid lifestyle can wreck his health. He lives with the constant danger of a heroin overdose. Eventually, he may have to pay the legal consequences for drug offenses.

The heroin addict may feel that he is alone in the world except for his addiction, but his actions affect the people around him, his community, and society. His family and friends are devastated and may devote time and money to try to help him. His employer feels his absence. When he buys heroin, the money may go to gangs or other criminal organizations that bring pain and violence to his city or region. Taxpayers may foot the bill for his medical care. If he goes to trial for a drug offense, taxpayers may also have to pay for both the prosecution and defense, if he is represented by a public defender. If he is convicted, taxpayers would pay for his rehabilitation or, as is far more likely, his incarceration. A year of drug treatment costs about $4,000. Keeping a convict in prison for a year, on the other hand, costs over $20,000.

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over 5 years ago

A drug addict should be able to have an easier time getting over his addictions if the community will give him a chance. The problem is that the community often is quick to judge and won't even take into consideration that the addicts are also victims and that they should be given a chance to start over.


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over 5 years ago

There is always a chance for recovery for anyone who has been previously addicted to any drugs. The important thing is that he is taken to a reputable facility and he will be given support by his family and friends. I've known a lot of people who have successfully defeated this problem.


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over 5 years ago

Social support is very important for any person who is recovering from drug addiction. They may still display some signs of their former habits, and that should not be reprimanded but instead it should be discussed with them. No amount of rehabilitation will work well without moral support from family.