How to Help Someone Overcome Heroin Addiction
Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available today. It affects people of all ages and does not discriminate against race, socioeconomic level or gender. If you know someone who is struggling with heroin addiction, use the following tips to understand the addiction and to help your loved one as much as possible.
Understand the Drug
Heroin is an extremely addictive drug, which is from the opiate family. It is derived from the Opium poppy, which has historically been used for pain relief for over 7000 years. It can be consumed by being smoked, injected, or snorted. A person can become addicted to heroin very quickly – often as soon as a week after first using the drug.
Understand the Effects
Heroin targets areas of the brain that control both happiness and dependence. This means that when heroin addicts are using the drug they feel great, but when they stop using they can feel extremely bad and quickly become dependent on the cycle of getting high. The effects of heroin usually last 6-8 hours at which point addicts must attempt to find more of the drug to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms which addicts often refer to as being “dope sick.”
If your loved one is dealing with heroin addiction. it is important to try to get help immediately. While your loved one will likely want to delay receiving treatment, heroin addiction can be deadly and it is important to do everything in your power to help the addict receive treatment as soon as possible. Your friend or loved one will likely deny that they have a problem, but this does not mean that you should not intervene.
Being supportive of a loved one dealing with heroin addiction is extremely important. They may feel alone in their fight against this terrible addiction and it is important to show them that you are always there for them, even if they experience setbacks along the way. Dealing with heroin addiction takes a lifelong commitment and for this reason, addicts need a strong support network.
Have Questions? Contact MDS Drug Detox
If you are still unsure of how to handle a friend or loved one dealing with heroin addiction, feel free to give the professionals at MDS Drug Detox a call today at 888-637-6968. We have years of experience dealing with heroin addiction and will work with you to find a way to help your loved one.
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