Recent news stories in Southern California indicate a rising problem of heroin addiction in Orange County, CA, surprisingly among the privileged suburban youth of communities like Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Youth heroin addiction, like many across the country, tends to start with prescription painkillers.
Prescription Opioid Use Leads to Heroin Addiction in Orange County, CA
Privilege—or lack thereof—doesn’t matter when it comes to addiction. Addiction is unbiased and possible for anyone who dares to gamble with sobriety through recreational use. Once they develop a full-fledged addiction, they’ll do anything to obtain their next high. Likewise, people interested making money sell prescription drugs without conscience or considering the consequences.
According to a recent story in online news portal LAist, Dr. Alvin Lee is one such practitioner without conscience. He set up shop in Starbucks locations throughout Orange County, selling prescription opioids to minors and adults for $600 per prescription. Dr. Lee was caught through an investigation in coordination with the US Attorney’s Office in Orange County and was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. Another doctor with the same type of pill mill practice, Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, was convicted of murder for three deaths resulting from her prescription practices, according to CNN.
When money eventually runs out, Southern California residents do what people addicted to prescription opioids do throughout the country. They turn to a much less expensive opioid: heroin. This has vastly increased heroin addiction in the O.C. among privileged suburban youth.
The Faces of Heroin Addiction in Orange County, CA
Heroin only costs about one tenth of prescription opioids, with less struggle involved to obtain the next high. Easy access and low cost make heroin attractive, making these two factors the primary catalysts for heroin addiction in Orange County.
According to Dr. Robert Winokur of Orange County’s Mission Hospital, heroin addiction in Orange County doesn’t claim the health, well-being and lives of just the down-trodden or homeless any longer. Kids raised in multi-million dollar homes overdose and find themselves in emergency rooms. The faces of these users are familiar, yet new to heroin addiction in Orange County. Like anyone else, cheerleaders, athletes and straight A students can still develop a heroin addiction.
Therapies for Heroin Addiction in Orange County, CA
Treating heroin addiction in Orange County, CA requires a variety of therapies. At Serenity Lodge, we do offer a number of therapeutic modalities and recovery programs to treat heroin addiction in Orange County, CA. Whichever method you’d like to use to get clean, we’re here to help you. At Serenity Lodge, we offer both holistic and evidence-based therapies, all of it centered on your eventual sobriety.
Therapies offered to treat heroin addiction in Orange County, CA at Serenity Lodge include, but aren’t limited to:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Family Support Program
- Group Therapy Program
Serenity Lodge Helps Young Men Recover from Heroin Addiction
When heroin addiction takes hold, it can be extremely difficult to overcome. At Serenity Lodge in Lake Arrowhead, only an hour and a half by car from Orange County, young men receive heroin and opioid addiction treatment.
If you or a young man in your life need help for heroin addiction, Serenity Lodge provides the compassion and serenity you need for comprehensive treatment and a return to wellness. Call Serenity Lodge now at 866.379.4365 for more information.