Heroin is a Full-Time Job

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Addictions to drugs, alcohol, or gambling all take a lot out of us. They take a toll on our physical and mental well-being, and they exhaust our time and money.


An Increasing Commitment

When many people begin to take heroin, it’s often to supplement their prescription opioid addiction or to manage other chronic pain. As a person’s body gets more and more addicted to a substance, it has less and less of an effect. Often the amount of time needed to get a fix before withdrawal symptoms set in gets shorter and more severe. At some point double lives and denial get too much to deal with, and the addiction goes from. Although many people find ways to manage addiction and drug abuse, many others find it difficult to maintain employment and support their addiction. This often results in crime and selling off personal belongings to pay the bills and/or feed the addiction.


An opioid addiction also pays a toll on a person’s relationships, ruining many. The attempt at maintaining familial, romantic, and platonic relationships while in a deepening addiction can be a major challenge and time commitment. Time spent on an addiction can be time lost with a family or leading life in a capacity you enjoy.


Recovery Takes Time Too

The longer it takes to get into recovery, the harder it can be. Finding ways to deal with the core issues that invoked your drug dependency don’t happen overnight. It can take a years of intense work with support groups and behavioral therapists to find successful coping strategies with chronic physical and mental pain. The time spent addicted has often added more complications to the mix.

There are some wonderful people out there who are in real pain. For whatever reason they got in over their heads with an addiction, life can get complicated real fast with an addiction, and the lie the addiction tells us is that it will make things better when it’s really making it worse. If you are addicted to heroin or other opioids, it can be a full time job, but we hope you spend that time working on improving your life instead. Call us today for information about heroin detox in Broward County at (866) 971-5531.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.