Heroin addiction can be devastating not only to the user, but the
loved ones of the user as well. No one wants to see their family member
or friend abusing drugs and nine times out of ten the user doesn’t want
to be a substance abuser either. What most fail to realize is that if
it were that easy to quit a damaging substance like heroin, then it
would be done all the time with no qualms. However battling heroin
addiction is no easy feat and all parties involved need to remain
empathetic to each others' needs. This is easier said than done, but it
can be done.
Heroin addiction is not a habit that can be picked up overnight; it
is actually a habit that is formed by previous dependencies. Addictions
begin with early usage of other drugs such as marijuana, alcohol and
other recreational substances. Abusers normally begin to try harsher
drugs when they are attempting to self-medicate emotional pain or ward
off withdrawal pains. What’s sad about this is that once this habit is
formed the user begins to believe that they cannot escape using the
Anyone has the mental capacity to stop using drugs; it just takes
time and a lot of support. If the user continues to abuse heroin to the
point of overuse the effects upon the heart, lungs, and brains can be
fatal. Naturally no one would like to see this happen under any
circumstances so detox is a must in order to prevent overuse from
The heroin detoxification process is extremely uncomfortable as
their body tries to rid of the opiate. The beginning symptoms include
anxiety, inability to sleep, and obsessive sneezing. Then the detox
symptoms will advance to nausea, vomiting, severe chills and shaking.
These symptoms are harrowing and that is the main reason why quitting
heroin cold turkey has such a low success rate. It is recommended to
seek a hospital based detoxification process that will be followed by
As a family member it is natural to feel like your loved one has
chosen the drug over you. It seems like they are being selfish and have
no regard to how their abuse is making you feel or the effect it has on
you and others around. While it is completely understandable to feel
this way you have to understand where he or she is and how they feel as
well. As stated earlier most abusers turn to drugs to escape some sort
of psychological pain and torment. They feel alone and as though no one
understands their pain and reasoning but please believe that deep down
they want to quit. Remind them of reasons as to why they need to stop
using but please be sensitive to their feelings and emotions.
Trying to help your loved one quit using heroin will prove to be one
of the hardest tasks you’ve ever done, but please be patient and please
offer every ounce of support that you have to give. When you and you’re
family makes it through this ordeal, no task will ever seem difficult.
The saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day” but without a doubt, it
was built – and that’s all that matters.
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