According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin use has been on the rise since 2007 as it often times becomes a cheaper and more readily available opioid for young adults who shift from less available and more expensive prescription drugs.

What is most jarring is that heroin abuse is an epidemic that is hitting our youth with alarming numbers. In fact, the largest growth in heroin use in the past years has occurred in young adults between 18-25 years of age. The country as a whole has heard far too many stories of young adults being lost to this harrowing addiction.

The story of Hannah McLaughlin, a 19-year-old Maryland teen with a whole future ahead of her, is a story we hear far too often. Her story is one of self-medication through an addiction that is so gripping that it ended her life. In her case, it was sexual abuse that she was self-medicating against. For others, there may be co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, and stress that is buried under drug abuse waiting to be addressed in a meaningful manner.

Today, Hannah’s story is important to share in all of our communities so that we can fully understand addiction and the need for continual care and honest conversations when it comes to youths and drug addiction.

You can read more on Hannah’s story here:

At Burning Tree West, we truly believe in the transformative power of long-term rehabilitation. Our programs allow for young adults to work through underlying issues of addiction in a safe and stable environment. Through communal living and adherence to the 12-step program, we are able to make strides against the issues that lead our youths towards a path of self-medication and self-harm. At Burning Tree West, we fully believe that every individual can break away from their addiction and to move forward with healthy, happy, and prosperous lives.

If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, please contact us today to find out how we can help.