It’s widely known that heroin is dangerous and highly addictive, so why is heroin addiction still so widespread in the United States? For many heroin addicts, the journey actually begins with a substance they believe to be quite safe—prescription painkillers. The nightmare begins when you’re given a powerful painkiller following surgery, an accident, or chronic pain. At first, you experience a euphoric release from pain, but over time, your body develops a tolerance and addiction forms. You become desperate for the high and relief you once enjoyed. It’s difficult to obtain more and more prescription painkillers, so you turn to heroin. Now, you feel trapped in addiction with no way out—but there is hope. In a proven therapy program, recovery is possible.