Giving up heroin is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs and it has the potential to turn your life completely upside down. Death amongst heroin users is all too common and long term users may suffer various health complications due to the effects of the heroin itself or due to exposure to other diseases through sharing of needles. To quit heroin and avoid relapsing is not a single step but a process that continues throughout your life. To be free of heroin, you must be willing to make this commitment.
Before you actually go through the treatment process, it is important to understand what you’re trying to accomplish. During this period, you need to reflect on your state and what or who you’re trying to be by quitting. This is important when you’re trying to develop the willingness to quit. This is also a good time to reflect on what heroin has cost you while using it.
Heroin users sacrifice more than they realize during the course of their addiction. Try and visualize everything that you’ve lost due to heroin and all the challenges you’ve faced as a result- such as the depression and possible legal problems. Once you understand all that you have lost, start to develop the willingness to reclaim it or to achieve something more with your life.
This is the period through which you will go through detoxification and counselling. This is also when you will need to face the withdrawal symptoms that come with detoxification. The treatment is best done under medical supervision using a method that has been approved by a medical expert.
Withdrawal symptoms of heroin are some of the main reasons why so many users fear to quit. Consult a healthcare provider before starting detoxification. A doctor can prescribe certain medications that can reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.
It’s also important to remember that the intensity of these withdrawal symptoms vary depending on factors such as age, level of addiction and sex. Withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin include body aches, vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, fever and tearing among others. The withdrawal symptoms usually peak around 72 hours after quitting and may last for a few weeks.
The most threatening of these withdrawal symptoms is the craving for heroin. Many people have failed to complete the detoxification process due to the intensity of the cravings.
Managing heroin dependence is something you have to be prepared to do for the rest of your life. Many recovering users have relapsed after weeks, months or even years of being clean.
To limit the possibility of this, it is important to keep yourself physically away from the drugs. It is also important that you avoid the triggers that led to your initial heroin use. Joining a support group is also very helpful. Also, meeting people going through the same challenges as you can help to strengthen your resolve to stay clean.