The Road Leading Away from Heroin Addiction
You didn’t fall into heroin addiction because you wanted to. Heroin filled a need or seemed like fun at the time, you tried it, and you succumbed to heroin addiction over time. Does this make you a bad person? Does heroin addiction make you any weaker than your neighbor who never tried a drug in his life?
Regardless of your gut reaction to those questions, the fact is that you are not a bad person because you became succumbed to heroin addiction. Maybe you have done some bad things since you began using, but that is another matter and you have the power to apologize for and make amends for the things you have done. You are no weaker than anyone else around you. You made a bad decision and, in case you hadn’t noticed, you’re not the only one. You are here because you want to stop making bad decisions…
So, now that you’ve found yourself in the land of heroin addiction, where is the road leading away from heroin addiction and how can you walk along it without fear?
Let’s start with why heroin addiction is so difficult to cure. First, your heroin addiction acts like a disease that attacks your brain and rewires all of the circuitry involved in motivation, memory, and behavior control. If you have been on heroin for a while, your longing for the drug may override the knowledge that heroin addiction has been known to cause:
- Collapsed veins
- Heart infections
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Cloudy thinking
- Respiratory failure
The consequences of heroin addiction are terrifying, but the addiction has not allowed you to consider them. Once you are able to read those words and understand the consequences of continued heroin use, you are ready to step out onto the road away from heroin addiction.
Here are the initial steps you can take to move forward.
- You may need to seek medical treatments to get a foothold on the disease.
- You will need to restructure your thought patterns through therapy.
- You may give yourself a chance to heal at a sober living facility.
Along the road to recovery from heroin addiction, you will discover how strong you are and you will see that you are not only capable of living without heroin, but that you are able to form strong relationships and lead an exciting, productive, and fulfilling life without heroin.