Do Heroin Addicts Have a More Difficult Time Staying Sober?

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Heroin is one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs there is. It quickly breaks down the immune system making one a sickly, unhealthy person with extreme weight loss and other physical complications and, ultimately, dead.

Most Heroin addicts turn to Heroin after being introduced to opioid prescription medication. This is an unfortunate truth as opioid-based prescription medications are more and more common and being pushed to the average person for use as a painkiller such as when recovering from an injury or a mere headache when other painkillers “don’t work”.

Some medications which are opiates include:

  • OxyContin (Oxycodone)
  • Oxecta (Oxycodone)
  • Roxicodone(Oxycodone)
  • Perocet (Oxycodone and Aceteminophen)
  • Endocet (Oxycodone and Aceteminophen)
  • Roxicet (Oxycodone and Aceteminophen)
  • Targiniq ER (Oxycodne and Nalaxone)
  • Hysingla ER (Hydrocodone)
  • Zohydro ER (Hydrocodone)
  • Codeine
  • Actiq (Fentanyl)
  • Durasegi (Fentanyl)
  • Fentora(Fentanyl)
  • Lorcet (Hydrocodone/Acetaminphen)
  • Lortab (Hydrocodone/Acetaminphen)
  • Norco (Hydrocodone/Acetaminphen)
  • Vicodin (Hydrocodone/Acetaminphen)
  • Dilaudud (Hydromorphone)
  • Exalgo (Hydromorphone)
  • Demerol (Mereidine)
  • Dolophine (Methadone)
  • Methadose (Methadone)
  • Astramorph (Morphine)
  • Avinza (Morphine)
  • Kadian (Morphine)
  • MS Contin (Morphine)
  • Ora-Morph SR (Morphine)

Can Heroin Addicts Recover?

Most addicts are addicted for years and years of their lives, ousted by family, and they go from rehab to rehab, sometimes half a dozen, sometimes a dozen or more and some even end up in and out of jail from illegal actions to which they were driven, from being under the influence.

Unfortunately, landing in jail is sometimes the only resort in which an addict stays clean for a long period of time, because when in rehab addicts can come away with a whole new network of users and dealers to turn to when overwhelmed by drug cravings.

Heroin is a highly addictive illegal drug that millions of people all over the world are unable to overcome. Even experts place the relapse rate of heroin addicts as high as 80% and, according to the National Institutes of Health, only approximately 20% of the nation’s Heroin addicts have even sought or received treatment for their addiction.

Still, with all of the addiction to Heroin in the world, and the addiction to medically prescribed opiates which turn into Heroin addiction, and the incredibly high relapse rates, and the very low Heroin-addiction-sought treatment rates, there is hope for the Heroin user.

Recovering from Heroin

Many heroin addicts have indeed recovered fully. Recovering Heroin addicts have to fight against the mental influences of the drug and the physical influences of the drug, both altering the normal state of a person, and both compelling the user to inject, sniff, smoke, or otherwise consume it any way they can. Not only that, when recovering from Heroin, addicts go through an extremely painful withdrawal to come out the other end without a dependency on the horrifying drug, and their lives change for the better — only to go up and up from there.

One of the struggles a heroin addict faces, in a treatment center, is that there are Heroin addicts all at different stages of addiction and recovery. When one has come in to a rehab deciding to be free from drugs and stay clean, and somebody else has come in, without the interest of straightening up and instead is a bad influence, encouraging others to leave and get high, it can make sobriety a struggle, on the other hand, it is a better chance for all of them to get over their addiction and arrive at a drug-free lifestyle, than not to try at all.

Some have found that more intensive inpatient programs for Heroin addiction, such as 28-day, three-month, or longer, have been more effective than outpatient programs, as patients can be more focused and committed to recovery.

At Choices Rehab we focus on rehabilitating the Heroin addict back to a drug-free life through many of our programs. One of the recovery program’s we offer is called SMART, which is a therapy used as a supplement to one of the 12 step programs. SMART seeks to enhance motivation to abstain and teaches self-reliance and self-empowerment while helping to cope with urges and provide support, encouragement and engage in open discussions. SMART also assists with problem-solving and managing behaviors and to achieve a balanced lifestyle. We have many other programs that help in the recovery process, through music, life skills, taking responsibility, spirituality, and Men and Women’s groups.

Preparing for a Sober Life

Drug addiction can be very hard to overcome, millions and millions of people the world over try to overcome it, while drug companies, dealers, manufacturers, TV, and media make billions profiting off of lives lost to the terrible effects of drugs. Lies are told about drugs, and the truth about drugs can be hard to find, education on drug addiction is a necessary topic that isn’t focused on, enough. The regrettable effects of a drug are not only tormenting the body and mind and spirit while using but also when withdrawing. The nutrients, vitamins, and minerals lost from drugs start to become apparent to an addict when no longer made unaware by the effects of the drug. The family, friends, loved ones, problems, situations and solutions to life are no longer numbed into silence. One can achieve his goals and dreams, one can have interests and passions again.

When preparing for entering a rehab, one should learn everything they can about that rehab to make sure its activities and programs seem like a good fit. One should compare its statistics and measurements to see what its success rates are.

One should find out what health programs they have for physically rebuilding the body back up after the harrowing effects of Heroin. Vitamins and minerals are depleted from Heroin addiction, the organs of the body are stressed, the liver is overloaded with toxins and the body needs these and other nutrients to recover, to make it through withdrawal, and to heal. They also help with the mental effects of Heroin withdrawal, for many vitamins, like the B vitamins, counter-act depression and anxiety.

One would want to ensure they were going to a rehab that didn’t put them on another drug to help them get off of Heroin, because it won’t do much good to go in addicted to one drug and come out addicted to another.

It would be good to prepare oneself for alone time, “me time”, a time to relax and re-cooperate, to confront and shatter the addiction and those around one holding one down and keeping one high. It might be nice to have a journal to write about the recovery process and encourage oneself to stay true to the goal. Maybe to plan for an interactive art or recreational activity while in rehab, to focus, practice dedication and discipline and to lose oneself in the creative process. Or to take part in an extroverted activity like nature participation, walking, hiking, dancing, martial arts, or exercise programs. One could start this preparation by just choosing what it is they want to be involved with and thinking about what it would be like, or one could start taking walks or drawing.

One could begin to help the body detox by adding vegetables to their diet at home, to begin counteracting the effects of Heroin or other drugs, and to begin supporting the body for the withdrawal, and to help it reduce cravings, all by giving it the vital vitamins and minerals it needs through green leafy vegetables.

There is a lot one can do to prepare to enter a rehab program.

There is even more one can look forward to once recovered from addiction. One’s whole life is ahead of them, it is no longer near-death, it is near-life, once clean. There is so much to achieve, to get out of life, and when you do you will feel good about yourself, and stronger than you ever did, and more connected with your loved ones.

Many people often challenge, “Can Heroin addicts recover?” The answer is yes, they can.

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