Find Local Treatment Options
Call 800-481-6320 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Addiction & HIV: Are You at Risk?

Unless you’ve been in a cave since the mid-1980’s, you know that drug use, particularly IV drug use, is correlated with HIV and AIDS. But over the last decade, the immune-deficiency disease hasn’t got the limelight it once did and people may not understand the risks associated with drug use and HIV.

HIV/AIDS Basics

A virus that attacks the body’s immune system, HIV is transmitted through contact with an infected individual’s blood or body fluids. It destroys T-helper cells, a specific kind of white blood cell, and mimics itself inside the cell, spreading quickly.

Unprotected Sex

When talking about addiction and HIV, most people automatically assume you’re talking about sharing needles, but that’s not the only way addiction increases your risk to contract the virus. Addicts are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, especially when intoxicated, than others. These risky behaviors include unprotected sex, promiscuity, and prostitution, all which put those addicted to drugs and alcohol at a much higher risk rate than the average person.

Sharing Needles

Addiction & HIV

Sharing needles is one of the main ways HIV is spread in the United States.

Although many don’t like to admit it, when you’re an IV drug user, eventually, no matter how hard you try not to, you’ll find yourself in a situation when you share a needle with someone else. Typically, there’s always a justification: it’s my boyfriend, I know she’s not infected, she’s my best friend, he’d tell me if he hadn’t been tested. But the fact remains, sharing a needle with anyone is dangerous.

According to the Center for Disease Control, it’s estimated that nearly 1.2 million Americans are infected with HIV, and over one in ten doesn’t know they’re infected. That’s over 156,000 people. That’s a lot. And that’s why HIV continues to spread.

What Happened in Indiana

In the summer of 2015, Indiana experienced the worst HIV outbreak in years, all related to heroin and IV drug use. As of February 2016, 188 cases have been diagnosed, a few more being added almost every month since the breakout began. This event has awakened some to the devastating effects heroin is having on our country, and has demonstrated to users the importance of not sharing needles. Even though so many people were infected, the progression has slowed immensely and policies are being put into place for harm reduction. The use of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a combination of two HIV medications, has been used to prevent infection in those who are most at risk. The drug combination reduces the risk of HIV by 90 percent through unprotected sex and 70 percent through IV drug use.

Drug Use Impacts Treatment

HIV and AIDS were once considered a fatal disease and diagnosis was a death sentence, but that’s not the case anymore. Treated with heavy anti-virals, HIV can’t be cured, but it can be managed. Unless you’re abusing drugs or alcohol. Drug use impacts the way your body accepts the treatment and doesn’t allow it get as many benefits.

Is Drug Use Putting You at Risk?

Are you concerned that your drug use is putting you at risk for HIV or AIDS? Are you ready to make a change and embrace a life in recovery? Call 800-481-6320 for help today.

Addiction – A Disease of Chronic Relapse

More Rehab Centers Resources

Is Faith Necessary for Rehab?

It seems that every rehab center or service is faith based. Many of the community based programs are as well. It is important to ask the question of whether faith is necessary for rehab and recovery. In order to answer this you need to understand exactly what faith provides to people and how it is….

Continue reading

What You Must Know About Alcohol Rehab

Let us help you find heroin addiction treatment!

Alcoholism is a serious condition that warrants immediate treatment at an alcohol rehab center. If you aren’t sure what types of services and treatment are offered at alcohol rehab then chances are you are afraid to seek out the treatment for fear of the unknown. We all fear what we don’t know or are unsure….

Continue reading

Advantages of Long Term Drug Rehab

Long term drug rehab can help you on a deeper level!

If you’re considering drug rehab for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to consider which type of drug rehab is going to be most beneficial. There are many advantages to long term drug rehab versus a short, program. Most rehab centers provide a range of programs that can differ in length based largely in….

Continue reading

Life Skills Learned in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

Drug and alcohol rehab centers

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there are 36 million people in the United States who need some form of drug treatment. Many of these people live below the poverty line and are the product of single parent households. Many of them do not know even the basic life skills needed….

Continue reading

Do I Need Rehab for Drinking?

alcoholism help

The simple explanation when asked, “Is my drinking a problem and should I seek alcohol rehab?” is that if your drinking is causing problems in your life and you continue to drink then you should consider seeking help. Unfortunately, there’s more to deciding whether alcohol rehab is necessary than simply saying, “Yes! Drinking has caused….

Continue reading

How Rehab Centers Help You Overcome an Alcohol Abuse Problem

Of all the known addictive substances, alcohol remains the most accepted in terms of the place it holds within American society’s customs and norms. For many struggling with alcohol abuse problems, what started out as a casual, commonplace indulgence morphed into an out-of-control behavior that slowly took over their lives. The type of help available….

Continue reading

Is Residential Addiction Treatment Right for You?

addiction treatment

Drug or alcohol addiction can literally ruin your life and leave you with nowhere else to turn. You feel helpless and hopeless, alone and defeated—but there’s always help! Determining whether residential addiction treatment is the right choice for your recovery needs can be challenging but with proper education and guidance you can make the decision….

Continue reading

What Happens in Drug Rehab Centers?

addiction help

There are more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities in the United States. These facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders to help assist in their recovery from addiction, according to NIDA. Drug abuse and addiction are treated in physicians’ offices and mental….

Continue reading

How Anxiety Rehab Centers Can Help You

anxiety recovery

Anxiety can be a serious disorder and may be a detriment to the everyday life of one who suffers from it. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, but the disorders are also….

Continue reading

Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms and the Need for Treatment

withdrawal from alcohol symptoms

Though some individuals can choose to stop drinking at any time, those who become dependent on alcohol will experience withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to stop suddenly. These symptoms can be mild or incredibly extreme, even deadly. The dangers associated with alcohol withdrawal solidify the need for alcohol detox treatment. We can help you find….

Continue reading

Still can't find the help you are looking for?Get Started Now
Accepted Insurances / View the full list
For inquiries call800-481-6320

Accepted Insurances Does My Insurance
Cover This?
I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW800-481-6320Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares