Anyone who has experienced it can tell you, heroin addiction is not easy.
Heroin addiction can creep up and controlling it’s use is next to impossible. The scary part is that heroin seems to be making a huge come-back among many young adults and its spreading like a horrible virus. Many of us know someone (if not ourselves) who is or has been addicted to heroin or other forms of opiates and opioids. Often times the individual doesn’t even know that they are physically addicted until they decide to stop using heroin or other opioids only to result in being so physically ill that they become completely debilitated and go through severe, long-term relentless pain, uncomfort among a vast variety of horrible withdrawal symptoms that are almost too painful to describe.
Many heroin addicts as well as other opiate / opioid addicts had no intention of becoming addicted and didn’t realize that they’ve lost control until it was too late. Heroin addiction and opiate / opioid addiction isn’t discriminating either. It can seduce the young, the old, the rich, the poor, every ethnicity and every gender, it’s reach has no bounds. Many heroin pushers or dealers present heroin as something else like opium due to the fact it doesn’t sound nearly as bad as heroin. Many people also do not understand that other opiates / opioids like morphine and methadone and even some of the other lesser stregnth opioids like oxycodone or hydrocodone can still be extremely addictive and can hook you in the same way with the same withdrawal symptoms as heroin or opium.
If you’ve tried to quit or know someone who has tried to quit you may know how hard it can be to find quality help. In some places resources for drug addiction are few and far between or require a significant amount of money to go through a program. So how does someone get help when they can not afford to, or have the stregnth to help themselves who really want it?
The first and foremost free help which should be a part of any and all drug addiction treatment plans is to become a part of Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.). N.A. is a free membership which is completely anonymous and not affiliated with any governmental, political or legal association. N.A. can provide you with the answers, resources, support and stregnth needed to quit perminently. N.A. can help you through your addiction through sharing each others experiences while establishing a support system for your recovery. N.A. is a great place to “Start” getting free heroin addiction treatment help, but it doesn’t end there.
Your local department of health and social services can potentially provide you with partial or complete financial drug addiction assistance and counseling which most often includes some form of medication treatment as well. Simply visit your local department of health and social services (which can go by other names) and ask how to apply. It simply doesn’t hurt and can help you pay for professional drug treatment.
There are also available some drug treatment centers for such drugs as heroin and other opioids which are either free or provide you with a sliding scale based on your income. These centers may provide you with medications such as methadone or buprenorphine (which usually requires regular doctor visits.) Buprenorphine (generic for Suboxone) is becoming more and more popular for heroin addiction treatment and can significantly reduce or eliminate heroin withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately the medication is still a little expensive, but your doctor may be able to put you on a program to help you get the medication cheaper or free if you do not have insurance currently.
Usually it is possible to find in-patient and out-patient treatment programs based on your own needs. In patient programs like drug rehabilitation programs require you be admitted for a specific amount of time while staying in the facility, getting counseling and medication treatment. Out-patient programs allow the individual to be able to go through treatment at home with regular doctors visits. It is ultimately up to you to know which way is best for you. You’ll find that there are a wide variety of prices from free to in the thousands of dollars in these programs and many of them won’t deny you if you are not able to pay. Be firm and get the answers you need!
If none of these options are for you and you’d like to go through opioid / opiate or heroin withdrawal symptoms from home without the use of medication it is highly recommended that you have a friend or member of your family stay at your home and help you through your heroin withdrawal symptoms. It is also highly recommended that if you decide to go this route, do some background work and learn everything about the heroin facts, withdrawal symptom treatment tips and take care of everything you’ll need to do before you get sick due to heroin withdrawals or opioid withdrawals. Keep in mind that you’ll need to take as much time as needed to get better and do NOT rush your recovery. It’s easy to jump right back in to things if you are forced to deal with life before you go through a full recovery. Don’t overdo it. Do yourself a HUGE favor and take all the time you need… you’ll be happy you did.
There are literally a plethora of resources available to just about anyone going through opioid / opiate / heroin withdrawls and heroin withdrawal symptom treatment. Finding help can seem extremely hard at times, but the Internet is a great resource for finding all the programs available to you. Don’t give up! You owe it to yourself to make a full recovery and start enjoying really living again. Help may be hard to find, but it’s out there, you may just have to look a little closer in to things.