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Hepatitis C is a blood borne disease that can spread from blood to blood contact, sexual intercourse, or from a mother to a child. Over time, Hepatitis C can cause scarring of the liver, liver cancer and can necessitate a liver transplant.

The connection between Hepatitis C and drugs users provides a fertile ground for a devastating disease with effects similar to AIDS and other blood diseases have in the community. There are certain drugs which can be abused intravenously. This means that drug users use the drug by injecting it into a vein or an artery with a syringe. A couple of drugs that can be abused intravenously include crack, heroin and methamphetamine. With all hard drugs, the method of shooting the substance into the vein does produce the fastest and most intense high possible out of the several methods (snoring, eating, inhaling). This of course also leads to the drugs wearing off the fastest and also holding the most negative or harsh decline in mood.

All users who abuse drugs intravenously are at a high risk for catching and passing on hepatitis C among other terrible diseases such as HIV/AIDS. The risk becomes substantially higher once addiction is full blown and out of control. The more desperate an addict is to get the next quick fix, the more likely they are to share a dirty needle or make other poor decisions. As long as they get the drug they need into their system, often times, not much thought goes into safety measures.

It is projected that one drug addict who has hepatitis C will pass it on to at least 20 other people, and half of these will occur within the first two years of abuse. What's worse is that many people generally do not regularly have blood work done; the rarities of regularly maintained doctor visits are incredibly common among drug users. It is very common however, for a drug user who opts for needles to start without any diseases and continues to deny the possibility that they may have caught something over the years. It is the same denial that convinces them that they do not have a drug abuse problem. This denial is often what spreads Hepatitis C the fastest. As people prefer to believe that they are doing nothing wrong, and are not suffering any negative health consequences, the chances of sharing needles with another person and transferring a blood disease becomes higher.

Hepatitis C is a dangerous and painful disease. Along with the many other blood related diseases that can be spread and potentially end a life, it is important to be wary of used needles. Many are of the belief that if a drug addict refuses to quit using drugs, it is of the utmost importance that he or she is provided access to clean, sterilized needles, or turn to another method of taking the drug. There is no question that the best approach is to seek professional help for treatment by entering drug rehab.

For more information regarding the treatment of drug abuse, addiction to drug, alcohol and substance abuse in general, please call Center for Addiction Recovery and talk to one of our trained counselors or admission coordinators. The call is free and the consultation will remain confidential. They can even answer the questions you may have regarding the cost of such treatment including weather the treatment is covered by your insurance or not.