If you haven’t been influenced personally by someone with a heroin addiction or another type of addiction, consider yourself extremely lucky. I’ve have family members in the grip of opioid addictions, whether it be heroin or pain pills. Some of them function well to spite the incredible devastation to their health, and others don’t function quite so well. It is estimated that 2.1 people out of 100,000 will die from a heroin overdose, according to WebMD. According to Promises, heroin causes 12,982 deaths in 2015, which represents about 25% of the overdose deaths across the US. It’s a growing problem, and anyone can be affected. It’s also a topic I cover in my fiction thriller Thunderstorms and .45s, because I don’t believe statistics help, and while real stories can bring home the point, a lot of times, all people think is – OMG how horrible for them. Fiction, on the other hand, allows you to objectively view real problems in a new context that isn’t so emotional or overwhelming.
The main character, Avia, is a recovering and relapsing heroin addict, who works in the drug trade. This is very similar to a bartender who still bartends even though he or she is a recovering alcoholic. Why do addicts do this? Because they have to make money, no matter the risk to their mental and physical wellbeing.
Their addiction also affects more than just themselves. In Avia’s case, her addiction affects her ability to fly. It colors her thinking. It worries her partner, Benton. And she has enablers as well as those who are trying to help her quit. What you see is the struggle. Avia trying to work. Trying to fight the addiction, and some days she wins. Some days she loses. You also see her triggers, which are common for all addicts. All addicts have triggers. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can avoid them and/or walk away once they see them.
Some triggers are emotional. Some are physical, but if they can’t be ignored or avoided, they almost always result in a relapse. This is why getting help and staying in a long-term outpatient treatment progam, like group counseling and narcotics anonymous are so important?
Will Avia ever get all the help she needs to beat her addiction and be a productive member of society? Only time will tell, but you can check out the first novel in the Avia series at:
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