Why Would Anyone Use Needles?Posted on October 02, 2017
To speak with a counselor at Oaks of Hope, call 866-705-HOPE
Most of us can’t understand how anyone could come to the point of sticking themselves with needles for the sake of an addiction.
The question really isn’t if or why, but when the addiction will lead to the unspeakable.
The answer is that it has to.
Most parents believe that their adult child has never injected but takes pills, smokes or snorts. We learn the truth at intake whether by finding needles sewn into the lining of a jacket, visible scarring, or they simply tell us their method is IV (intravenous/needles).
Intravenous drug users (IDUs) claim to understand all of the risks. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse the compulsive nature of addiction drives IDUs to repeatedly engage in these unsafe behaviors. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes reports that over two million people in North America inject illicit drugs. Harm reduction programs in 158 countries worldwide actively battle the ever growing risks that follow IV drug use.
The addicted feel hopeless, trapped, suffocated, sick and in pain.
Before IV usage, the addicted are already feeling hopeless and trapped. The addiction has taken over to the point where it’s no longer fun. Using drugs is no longer about getting high as much as just trying to survive the pain and sickness of withdrawal.
The addicted go to IV for two primary reasons: tolerance and finances. Tolerance is where the body adjusts to the usage and ultimately requires higher doses or a stronger form of the drug to get the same effect. Heroin is usually first smoked, snorted, and finally injected intravenously. Meth and others can also be injected for greater efficacy.
Bottom line, intravenous does more and costs less.
Addiction changes an individual’s normal behavior. Those who normally hate needles readily make the transition to IV. Other out of character behavioral changes can be indicators of dangerous drug addiction.
Physical changes - Acne develops for no apparent reason yet she always took pride in her complexion. Weight loss, bloodshot eyes, dilated or pinned pupils, bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Drug use continues while he knows full well that addiction is the cause of his physical deterioration.
She has new things, yet she doesn’t have money to buy them. Addiction will lead the most unsuspecting people to steal. Excuses will be made, such as someone gave her the new ipod, jewelry or bracelets. Many who now face petty theft charges had never stolen prior to their drug addiction.
Not being truthful. Lying.
By the time the addiction has progressed to IV, the normal behavior or character has already dramatically changed. The transition to IV is not much of a leap, just another step in the wrong direction.
There is good news. The real person is still inside, covered by the addiction. Once the mind altering substance is cleared from the body, recovery can and does happen one day at a time. As they say in AA and NA, this is how it works.
To learn how to help a loved one with addiction, join an Al-Anon Family Group.