A close friend recently revealed to me that she's been using heroin on occasion. She is unconcerned; I am freaking out. I need advice on how to handle this, or if I can.
She has experimented with various drugs over the years, as have I, but heroin always seemed like a "hard drug" which we would never touch. I didn't know she had tried it, let alone used it on a regular basis and I was honestly shocked and at a loss about what to say.
She thinks it is no big deal as it has had no real effect on her life (she is 27, owns her apartment, has a good job) and she only uses on weekends. She has only been using for a few months. She smokes or snorts it, never any needles, because it is "safer". She considers it a recreational pursuit much like we used to take ecstasy or acid in college, and points out that back then I took Oxycontin, Vicodin, etc. which are opiates too.
I beg to differ...I am not into drugs anymore and I believe anything beyond cannabis/psychedelics is bad news in the long run. But I think heroin is one of the scariest drugs except for meth or crack. More importantly I think heroin is a much greater risk than borrowing someone's prescription pain pills because who knows what you're getting on the street? I am scared shitless that she will screw up her life, OD, or end up with something like toxic leukoencephalopathy
. I'm afraid of losing her.
1. Am I overreacting here? Just how much danger is she in?
2. Is there anything I CAN do to convince her to stop? Is it even worth trying? I feel like I have to make a move now before this progresses into full-blown addiction.
3. Beyond that, is there any "harm reduction" type advice I can give her on how to do it in the safest way possible?