Heroin Addicts Suffer in Kabul With Limited Treatment Options

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Heroin

Heroin Addicts Suffer in Kabul With Limited Treatment Options

But, someone wants to change that.  This CBS story tells the story of addicts in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the video accompanying it is heart-wrenching.   90% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan, so a heroin epidemic in the area comes as no surprise.  What does come as a surprise is the lack treatment options in the country.

The methadone program has just been introduced, and it gives promise to some.  This program is only available to about 70 people. The story highlights one man, who was an IV heroin addict just last year.  He was lucky enough to be part of this pilot methadone program, and he has begun to put his life back together.  He lives with 9 other addicts, who are also on methadone and working towards recovery.  The program was implemented to stop the spread of HIV.  There is very little treatment available beyond this program.

The video shows alarming footage of heroin addicts, living and shooting up in the mud beneath a bridge in Kabul.  The narrator talks of watching many of the addicts share bloody needles, as we see the video footage of just that.  HIV has become an epidemic among IV drug users in Afghanistan, and it is believed that 1 in 14 have the virus.  This is a staggering statistic, especially considering so many of these addicts share needles.   Watch the video here .

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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