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Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Addiction is complicated and the path to heroin use can begin with pain pills, either through self-medication or a legitimate prescription. Often, a person is prescribed vicodin, oxycontin, or other opioids after an injury, surgery or dental work. Once a person taking prescription pain pills experiences the euphoria produced by narcotic pain medication, the craving to continue taking it can lead to addiction.

We hear so many stories that begin with pain medication and end with IV drug use. Addiction doesn’t play favorites. It affects every people group and crosses all professional and socio-economic boundaries. In the past 10 years, heroin use and addiction in young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 has doubled, mainly due to the strict guidelines on prescription opioids.

Individuals struggling with heroin use need professional treatment, but some don’t realize help is available until a loved one presents them with the option. If you think your loved one might be using heroin, there are specific signs you can look for.

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Heroin Use: Recognizing the Signs in Your Son or Daughter

Heroin use can affect every part of your child’s life, changing the way he thinks, acts and even interacts with you. According to Narconon.org, 17 percent young adults use some type of drug during their day, and that number is growing. Heroin is everywhere, from government housing to the suburbs. Recognizing the signs of heroin use early on is vital.

If you think your son or daughter might be using heroin or any other type of drug, it essential that you seek help. Here are some specific signs you can look for to identify heroin use.

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Dear Parent: Are You Enabling Your Child’s Heroin Addiction?

Heroin addiction. It’s a painful place to live.

…Not just for the person in bondage to the drug, but for everyone who loves that person.
Drug addiction chips away at the family of the addict. It erodes relationships a little at a time.

Are You Enabling Your Child’s Heroin Addiction?

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Opiate Detox – Breaking Free From the Fear of Withdrawal

Heroin withdrawal, pain pill withdrawal, suboxone withdrawal, methadone withdrawal….

You want to break free from the deadly cycle of addiction, but the fear of opiate withdrawal during the detox period may be holding you back. Maybe you’ve already detoxed more times than you can count, and you’re afraid that the psychological and physical symptoms of opiate withdrawal will be too difficult for you to handle this time around.

You’re not alone. Almost every individual struggling with opiate addiction feels the same way. The journey out of opiate addiction is not an easy one, but it is the path you need to take to get to the other side: a life of peace, fulfillment and freedom.

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My Child Has an Addiction Part 4 Educational Resources and Support Groups

Why Recovering Heroin Addicts Must Try Harder

If you haven’t tried Heroin or heaven forbid become addicted to it then you are blessed above others who have. Unfortunately, heroin addiction is not only hard to quit because of the prolonged physical addiction, or the mental pain of needing it every day. Heroin addicts will all tell you it changed who they were by 360. Recovering heroin addicts, fortunately, do return to their better selves as do all recovering addicts and alcoholics. And here we are in no way lessening the difficulty of any addiction, we are simply stating that recovering heroin addicts must try harder and here’s why.

Lifestyle Baby, Lifestyle

To become a heroin addict does not mean that you simply became addicted. And to put it bluntly, heroin addiction equals criminal addiction. Only the rich and famous have the money to stay out of illegal activity to support their habit. The statistics don’t lie, and sorry but there are not 700,000 movie stars running around the country addicted to Heroin. Yes, that is a huge number and counting. What any recovering heroin addict will tell you is that they became a professional shoplifter, burglar, and thief in order to support their addiction. Now what kind of lifestyle is that?

But I, FEEL

Oh, there’s the big enemy, and the hardest to get used to- FEELINGS. Recovering heroin addicts stayed numb for a reason. And of course, it wasn’t just because they just couldn’t deal with life. They have trouble coping with their feelings. The good news is, is that this enemy quickly becomes your friend once you get clean and sober, and you remember what feeling feels like. Getting high over bad feelings won’t be a priority because the best feeling in the world is love and recovery is the strongest form of self-love there is.

We Are Just Stronger

Having returned from the life of a junkie, and entered the life of recovery, means you have been through it all. You have seen jail cells more times in 3 months than anyone else. You have lied to the highest authority and gotten away with it, and you have survived attacks from the greatest of all evils. Heroin Addiction takes everyone down, but recovering from it requires physical, mental, and emotional strength. Not just to get through detox either. But by re-assembling your true character, priorities, and uncovering the honest and good person you were underneath the dope, you will realize, we are stronger.

My Child Has an Addiction Part 9 Treatment Center Practices and Programs

5 Easy Ways to Assess Your Addiction Recovery

If you haven’t assessed where you are in your recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, maybe you didn’t realize that this is actually quite beneficial. Here we ask you five little questions to answer that should let you know if you are making the best of your recovery.

Are you working?

This answer should only come if you are done with treatment, have bills to pay and by all accounts, ready to be responsible. As recovering addicts and alcoholics getting a job is a new idea altogether. Most of us did not work, or keep a job for very long in our addictions. So if you are employed, give yourself credit because this is pretty hard to live without, as I am sure you have noticed by now. And if you are still floundering around with no plans, then go directly to the extra credit question below. And we are all proud of you for getting clean and sober! Well done!

Have you broken your relapse habits?

Yikes..what are relapse habits? Let’s explain. Relapse is so sneaky it can happen even on your best day of living an awesome new life clean and sober. So it is best to assess what habits are still lingering around in your life that mirror when you were not clean and sober. Are you staying up late, like all the time? Are you blowing off responsibilities? And have you done your laundry? These may seem basic, but these questions are true indicators that you have or haven’t broken your relapse habits. Now, make your own list and get to it!

Did you make amends? At least one.

The action of making amends is so very- very- significant and so very- very- therapeutic for you to do for your life. All it takes is one amends for you to see how great you and everyone else will feel once you get this stuff out in the open, and say you are sorry! It is the pinnacle of taking back the anguish you caused others in YOUR ADDICTION. Begin with two little words, “I’m sorry.” Enough said.

Who is your idol?

As we progress in our recovery, our opinions will change. Who and what we like are going to be extremely different. And as we positively progress in making changes in our new lives, we need a good idol. Here, we beg of you to not say any rock stars who made a success out of being a junkie or a drunk. Look up who is famous and clean and sober! And if you already said it is your sponsor or one of your friends with awesome clean time then you are a star yourself.

What is your routine for chilling out?

Here, we realize that chilling out should have no routine at all. However, making positive use of our free time in a healthy way is all we are getting at. As long as you allow yourself to enjoy positive activities at home or with friends who are clean and sober, you are good.

Extra Credit Question: When did you last count up how many people said they are proud of you?

This is a win-win to do for your recovery. It is full of all the love that we deserve for taking charge of our lives once and for all. It is your recovery and you get back what you put into it. Now make that mental list again and see how good you feel!

3 Reasons Why Faith Is Important In Early Recovery

For addicts in early recovery, the first step in the right direction was a miracle that took place the day you decided to get help for your addictions. Maybe on that day, you saw that the bottom doesn’t end and it can get worse? Or maybe you decided you are worth more than what the drugs are giving you. And if you haven’t ever thought that there is some force out there looking after your best interest then perhaps you’ve never said the famous phrase “thank God.” But if you have then you may already know that having faith in early recovery is what will push you up from the bottom and get you closer to feeling better, to feeling hope and to feeling that there is a place in this world for you clean and sober. Here are the three small, yet big reasons why faith is important in early recovery.

What Does Faith Have to Do with It?

Faith does not mean that you aren’t capable of taking charge of your life, or your recovery. Faith also doesn’t mean that you have to give up certain foods, pray constantly or sit in silent meditation for hours on end. What faith is, is allowing yourself to believe that there is something greater than you that has kept you safe and alive throughout your addiction, and why you are reading this now, is all faith is. And those are pretty big reasons, right?

Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Who is in charge? The answer to that question is, of course, you! It is not important who you believe in or what. What is important for you in your recovery is that you find comfort in knowing that your life’s plan is to live clean and sober. No-one’s life plan is to be a junkie, a drunk or a criminal. If you choose God or a higher power to help you in your recovery, then we are here to tell you that you will have even more strength than you thought.

Because God’s got Your Back

Being in early recovery is not easy. It is full of worry, anxiety, and guilt. It is also full of joy, and hope. Getting through the first couple days, or weeks and months you will need all the help you can get. Turn to us, to your family and to God. Because the day that you realized you were tired of living in pain and running from the world just to get high or drunk is  the day that God (or your higher power) whispered into your ear, I’ve got your back.

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