Hepatitis C and Opioid Addictions

If you are under 40 and diagnosed with Hepatitis C, you probably have more problems than you know what to do with. If you got HCV through a dirty needle, there is still hope for your future. For years, baby boomers like me were the ones with HCV. New numbers show that younger opioid users is where it’s spreading. Whether you are high class or poor, live in the country, or the city – it doesn’t matter. Everyone has the same chance of getting hep C from an infected needle. Getting rid of the virus is high on your list, but more help is needed.

Getting help with hepatitis C and opioid addiction

Depression

When life has ups and downs, our feelings feel like a roller coaster. When using drugs, your mind gets a break in 2 ways. First, there is less physical pain. Second, a chemical bath washes over your brain. You’re chill, happy, and calm. The things that bothered you melt away. You already know this, but the minute you start to come down, the mental and physical pain becomes even worse than before you took the drug. There are ways out of the cycle of pain.

Counseling

Nobody likes to talk about this part of it. Many even think that a counselor doesn’t really care. If you have ever connected with a truly good case worker or therapist, you know that they can help save your life. If you are self-medicating, that means there are painful things in your life that need to be talked about. Talk therapy is aimed at helping you discover, and express, the challenges you face in life. Sometimes group counseling is offered as well. Think about looking for a counselor you can trust to help you out.

Medication

One medication you may try is an opioid replacement. Many clinics offer them. You can become part of a trdrug-freerogram to help you gain more confidence in your ability to live drug free.

Hep C treatment

The next drug you need to start taking is a hepatitis C treatment. By becoming hep C-free, your liver will begin to heal super quick. Soon you will feel better and can set new goals in life.

Needle exchange

If you are still using, but want to reduce your risk – there are options. Find a place that has a needle exchange, if you can. Take precautions when using drugs. Set up some new standards for yourself. Your friends might look up to you. This could be your chance to help others.

One step at a time

The first step to getting help is realizing you need it. If you have read this far, you know what to do. Look inside and see if there is any sadness that won’t go away. Understand that drugs don’t make problems disappear. Talk to some one and start a plan for your life. Then look to make changes using prescriptions to give you a fresh start. Make wise choices to prevent getting re-infected.

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