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Arrest of comedian Artie Lange struggling with drug abuse hints at growing menace of heroin
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The names of the celebrities from the entertainment world keep on emerging every now and then because of their involvement with the abuse of addictive substances. With such news coming up quite frequently, the sad and disappointing aspect of the glamorous life is no more a dark secret.

Radio personality and comedian Arthur Steven aka ‘Artie’ Lange was recently arrested from his Hoboken home in New Jersey for missing out a court appearance for the second time this year. He pleaded guilty for possessing 81 decks of heroin. However, he was freed of the charges of carrying cocaine. Post arrest and recent disturbing events, he expressed a voluntary desire to enter a rehab. Lange is expected to be sentenced in February 2018.

The above arrest has been in tandem with his ongoing battle with substance abuse. Earlier this year, Lange was arrested during a plainclothes surveillance operation carried out by the state police in Bloomfield. Reportedly, he was spotted driving at high speed under the influence of drugs. Upon being stopped, the detectives found him in possession of the controlled drug heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Just before his recent December arrest, Lange tweeted a selfie over the weekend in which he looked injured and ruffled, spurring a response from the Hoboken police.  However, he later apologized for his demeanor by denouncing it as one of his funny antics. Looking from the perspective of his challenging time with drugs, these recent incidents have surged a serious debate among his fans and others. Such has been his ongoing struggle with drug abuse that he got admitted to a rehab after an alleged suicide attempt in 2010. Through his successfully running podcast, he has been sharing the latest updates on his health and ongoing treatment after arrest.

Various consequences of heroin

The arrest of Lange once again highlights the rising menace of heroin and drugs in the U.S. The consistent increase in heroin abuse has only worsened the opioid epidemic. Given its high potential for abuse, heroin, an illegal opioid manufactured from morphine, has been classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

Heroin is generally smoked, snorted and injected for its euphoric effects. Looking at the fact that many people who have dried out their prescriptions resort to taking heroin, many drug peddlers are mixing heroin with fentanyl and other fatal drugs to cut the cost. While the short-term effects of heroin abuse include depressed respiration, a rushed feeling, clouded mental functioning, nausea, insomnia, constipation and spontaneous abortion, its long-term effects could be as debilitating as liver and kidney disorders, arthritis and other rheumatological problems, infection of heart linings and valves, collapsed veins, bacterial infections, etc.

As users usually share the syringes while injecting heroin, the risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to the use of infected syringes is quite high. People who snort heroin can damage their mucosal tissue and perforate the nasal septum. The long-term use of heroin changes the structural and chemical balance of brain that disrupts the nervous and the hormonal system.

As heroin also decreases the white matter of the brain, it might impact the decision-making ability of a person and his or her response during stressful situations. Being highly addictive in nature, it also produces a profound degree of dependence that eventually leads to an addiction.

Seeking treatment for heroin addiction

A growing number of studies and emerging literature suggests that millions of people fall prey to heroin addiction faster than they might ever realize. The only way to break free from the shackles of the addiction to heroin is to undergo a timely customized treatment plan for heroin addiction at a state-of-the-art heroin addiction rehab in Texas to combat the devastating effects of the drug.

Sovereign Health empathizes with the people grappling with drug addiction and witnessing challenges in quitting the drug. Our customized recovery programs are designed to treat an individual holistically. If you or your loved one is battling with drug addiction, call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-399-5740 or chat online with one of our representatives to know more about our heroin addiction center in Texas.

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