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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 drug.

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 happening.

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 continued treatment.

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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