I am going to discuss a little about how I was able to make it through heroin withdrawal with over the counter medications and my personal opiate detox methods, among other things that come to mind today.
I know I have readers that are not addicts but are in fact parents of heroin addicts. Let me just say that I am a recovering opiate addict that has quit heroin at home as well as rehab.
Here is a list of heroin addiction recovery tools that anyone looking to stop drug abuse may find useful. I only write about things that I have personally used in my recovery from addiction or strategies that I believe to have merit in helping a person recover and stop using drugs.
- Recovery and relapse
Keep in mind that relapse is not a requirement but it does happen when we let or guard down. This can be prevented by having a strong recovery foundation in place.
Let me just say that until the last time I left rehab the last time I in no way whatsoever had any kind of recovery plan in place; in fact looking back the only real reason I went to rehab in the first place was that I wanted the pain to stop. When I say pain I am referring to the pain of what I had to do to get one more bag of dope.
I pretty much used every one I came in contact from family members to complete strangers it did not matter. Of course there were the times when I was so sick from not having any dope at all that I ran to rehab as fast as I could get there.
I did finally after many years of drug abuse finally start to put my life back together and this did not happen in a 2 or 3 week heroin detox treatment facility I had to go to long term opiate rehab and I stayed there 2 full years in which time I went back to school and earned a degree.
- Residential treatment
Inpatient residential treatment is a good idea for most addicts seeking recovery if you have tried to stop on your own and found that you could not then your best bet would be to look into going to some type of opiate addiction treatment facility.
- Opiate detox symptoms
There are many opiate withdrawal symptoms on will have to endure if they decide to kick heroin cold turkey that’s why I like to try to encourage folks to go to rehab where they can be taken care of by professionals.
There are many ways to detox heroin but you will find it easier in rehab than heroin deox at home
If you do go to rehab you will be medically detoxed from heroin or whatever opiate medications you are currently hooked on.
- Staying clean and sober
Once you leave rehab you should have gained enough knowledge to stay sober all you have to do is stay strong and use the addiction recovery tools that you learned about in rehab.
Being an addict in recovery today I have been able to witness the horrors of heroin addiction in the trenches for over thirty plus years and two of those years were spent in long term opiate rehab.
The particular rehab I was in was adjoined to short term drug rehab that had a detox unit as well as residential treatment there they detoxed many people that were suffering from pain pill addiction; furthermore, they also treated patients that needed help withdrawing from heroin. My point here is I have seen countless people that were there for their second and third time through.
Many people out there have lost loved ones due to addiction when I say lost this could be the death of a loved one or simply that your loved one became lost in their addiction to opiates. Today I happened to be watching Sixty Minutes and they were saying that we are experiencing a heroin epidemic in Columbus Ohio, they claimed that like 23 people per week die in Ohio from heroin overdose.
I new things were bad out there I live in Michigan and you can find heroin pretty much everywhere but until I seen the special on Sixty Minutes I had no idea that heroin had gained such a foothold in the U. S.
In the past heroin addicts had a stigma they were thought as dirty low life people that hung out in back alleys but this is no longer the case people are becoming addicted that are CEO’s of big companies and rich teenagers are becoming addicted to heroin quite frequently because their parents are easy marks to get money to buy it.
I attend a lot of NA meetings and I have seen time and time again young folks coming in with a pain pill addictions. A lot of them end up relapsing on various pain medications and when they come back they are addicted to heroin.
Most of them report that they started using heroin because it was cheaper and lasted longer than the pain meds they were accustomed to getting like Percocet and Oxycontin which they eventually became addicted too.
I shot heroin for well over 30 years before I was able to put it down and get clean and sober. This did not happen overnight either it was a process. I tried every way I could to find a way to use successfully and failed miserably time after time.
I would tell myself that I was only going to drink alcohol and that would work for a while but I always found my way back to injecting heroin. Then there were times that I thought just maybe I could take a few xanax or valiums well needless to say this did not work either I always ended up getting to high and landing myself in jail; however, I did mange to use a combination of valium and xanax to help me to get through heroin withdrawal a time or two.
This can be done but I recommend going to some sort of heroin or opiate rehab because there one can be detoxed safely with other prescription medications those of you who work or are in school should keep in mind that this process can be done in a matter of days.
I would suggest finding a rehab that offers residential treatment; furthermore a lot of employers will allow time off of work so that you can become drug free. I think that they have come to realize that an employee that is clean will perform their duty a lot better which in the long run means more dollars for the companies.
The thing about using opiates is that most addicts have been through withdrawal before and if their heroin habits anything like mine then it certainly is nothing to look forward to that’s why I suggest checking yourself in to some sort of opiate addiction treatment facility.
These types of facilities have trained staff members that will be there for you around the clock 24 hours a day seven days a week. They will see to your basic needs as well as administer any prescription medications the doctor prescribed for your detox from heroin or painkillers.
All anyone has to do that wants to be free from active addiction is take the first step which is willingness followed by massive action every single day. One of the best ways I have found to start out my day is by saying a simple prayer asking the God of my understanding for help to make it through this day clean and sober and giving me the knowledge to do so