Battling Utah’s Heroin Addiction


To say that heroin addiction and abuse is an epidemic nationwide would be an understatement. But it isn’t just found in the inner city streets of our nations metropolis’s, heroin is also here in Utah. Heroin is a powerful and highly addictive opioid that can quickly cause short term and long term health issues and even death. We’ll take a look at heroin, why it is so addictive, where it comes from and what the statistics are related to heroin users. For those struggling with a heroin addiction in Utah, we want you to know that there is help for you. You can prevent yourself from becoming yet another statistic by seeking heroin rehab here in Utah.

Heroin got its start in the mainstream as a manufactured “non-addictive” substitute for those suffering from morphine addiction in the mid to late 1800’s. The drug evolved and grew in popularity reach international usage and abuse. Since the 1800’s heroin has grown to an estimated 9.2 million users worldwide with nearly 1 million+ of those here in the United States. Utah is not stranger to heroin addiction. In fact, in a recent 2015 article, the Salt Lake Tribune highlighted that Utah ranks 5th in the nation for overdose deaths. While this statistic includes overdoses caused by prescription drugs, heroin is also a factor.

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When looking at heroin from the surface, it’s not hard to see how it can be so addictive. Utah heroin users have reported feeling and increased sense extroversion and overall heightened senses but only for a very short time. What isn’t mentioned as often are the negative side affects of heroin abuse, including:

  • A feeling of “Rush”
  • Slowed breathing
  • Clouded mental functions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Hypothermia

While the initial use may seem enticing the long term affects of heroin abuse can be downright frightening. In fact, in just looking at heroin overdose deaths alone, we see a huge increase over the past 4-6 years:


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Choice Recovery is an Intensive Outpatient Program located in Orem Utah. We work with adults who struggle with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in the community. We do this by utilizing both traditional and nontraditional approaches to create a whole-self, collaborative, research based program to empower each client to heal and move forward in life.