Helping you to overcome heroin addiction through my own experience, strength, and hope.


Heroin Detox help for hardcore addicts that want to quit heroin

If one decides to stop using heroin it poses several questions that one needs to ask themselves. One of which would be why do I wish to quit. Has the fun gone out of using are you sick and tired of being sick and tired. Or maybe you are doing it for a loved one. This is a nice gesture but realistically it will not work one must stop using heroin for themselves. When the addict can say they want to quit for themselves and have had enough beat downs to last them a lifetime then they just may be ready to detox heroin.

Maybe you are doing it for your job because you failed a drug screen this may get you some  help but staying clean is the key. OK enough about that I am sure you are aware that the consequences of  your drug abuse are severe withdrawal symptoms. I will ask at this point how you intend to deal with this I would look around for the best treatment center that I could find.

















Facing heroin withdrawal is the reason many of us avoid detox. It is frightening to put it mildly a better work would be terrifying this is the reason many of us have no desire to stop. What needs to happen is we have to hit our bottom so to speak then we may be ready to deal with finding out which type heroin rehab we will use to get clean.

Home detox

One way in which to stop using is to go heroin cold turkey. This is by far the most unpleasant way in which to kick heroin. Here is a list of the withdrawal symptoms you will have to go through with a home detox which is the same as to kick smoking it cold turkey.




Heroin withdrawal symptoms


1. Stomach and leg cramps.


2. Frequent vomiting.


3. Cold sweats or goose bumps.


4. Severe anxiety.


5. Loss of appetite.


6. Very little or no sleep.


7. Diarrhea.


How to Self Detox from heroin

This is just to name a few so be sure this is what you want to do because you will have your work cut out for you. I have done this a few times and I can tell you this that it is not the easiest way to go but it will be to say the least very memorable I can guarantee you that. One thing that I would do if I intended to use the option of a how to detox method is try to stay awake for 24 to 36 hours before I actually quit using.

The idea here is that it should make you very tired and just maybe you can sleep the worst part of your detox from heroin. I also would strongly recommend that one gets a close friend or family member to stay with them through this ordeal. They can help in a number of ways from running errands to just being there for moral support which I am sure you will need because there are going to be times when you want to just give up and go use. If you do make it through this type of detox you will defiantly have bragging rights when it comes down to sharing your success story.

Making up ones mind to stop using is a plus all by itself. Mostly it will help any newcomer to here your story about how you were able to stop using heroin at home and made it and are clean to talk about it today. I know for sure you will think twice before using and putting yourself through the rigors of withdrawal again.



















Best opiate detox

Another way to detox would be to go to opiate addiction treatment stop using at the best heroin detox center. With the heroin addiction detox you could have the option of a medical detox and this will be supervised by a trained professional staff. They will look after basically your every need.

If you choose this type of drug detox you will have nothing to fear because I can tell you with all certainty that it will be relatively painless. There they will give you prescription medications to help you you with your withdrawals. If you do choose this method you can also continue on with residential treatment which I would suggest that you do. This will help you to prepare for your entry back into the real world again.

One needs every type of advantage they can get when it comes to fighting addiction. This will beat the cold turkey method hands down but it will be expensive so be sure your insurance will cover it.

One thing that is better about this way to kick heroin is you can choose anywhere that you want to go to treatment. Maybe you would like to detox in a rehab on a waterfront villa in sunny Florida. The choice is yours. The thing is you only have to go through this once so you may as well do it up right if you can afford it. This will make the memory of your getting clean last you a lifetime.

I would also like to mention the rapid opiate detox way  this is where you go to a treatment center that is basically staffed by Dr’s and nurses. Once there you will be given medications then you will be given medications to help ease the pain of heroin withdrawal. During this process all of your basic needs will be met so you will be getting some much needed rest. Some people also have reported no physical pain at all from withdrawal. This kind of detox can be done in 3 to 5 days. So this may be a good choice for people who may not be able to be away from work for long.

Heroin addiction rehab

One of the very best ways that I can think of for an addict to kick heroin is to go to heroin rehab. There are a few good reasons for this one of witch is that you will be medically detoxed from heroin. This is done by a staff of medical professionals who have been specifically trained in this area. They will be there to monitor you around the clock they will also administer medications like suboxone to help with the pain withdrawal. Many people actually prefer this method to others and report that the withdrawal is not as ferocious as what it is rumored to be. I would make plans to go to rehab as soon as possible your life really does depend on that do not take it for granted.

Rapid detox

There is a rather new way for heroin addicts to stop using and this is called rapid detox It seems to be a very productive way to detox from all opiates and and best of all it is entirely a medically assisted. This procedure is done by licensed medical practitioner.

Upon arrival at the rapid treatment center the patient is given anesthesia to put them under. Once completely under they are given prescription medications to rapidly flush the system of all opiates. This usually takes around 4 hours. When the patient wakes up the theory is that they will have no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. There have been some individuals report mild withdrawals.

There are some drawbacks to rapid opiate detox; for example it is very expensive it can cost thousands of dollars also there have be deaths from this procedure from the patient being under for to long.

My biggest concern with this procedure is the lack of support immediately following detox. What I mean is that most rehabs offer residential treatment after detox. In my opinion without this type of help the addict is doomed to fail. The reason being is they are ill equipped to enter a society that is drug ridden and expect to stay clean. In residential treatment the addict is given the tools they will need to succeed and stay clean when its time to go home.



Opiate Detox is Available for People Looking for Help

It needs to be recognized that every opiate detox patient has a different medical and dependency history. It is important to look at a person, attempting to detox, as an individual opposed to putting them in a group using a 'one-plan-fits-all' method.

Although detox is possible to be done at home many patients choose to enter a professional recovery program. People enrolled in a professional opiate detox program spend a different amount of time. In most programs, depending basically, on their dependency or in other words what kind of drug habit you have, the patient is given special medications upon admittance. These are used in order to help ease the pain of opiate withdrawal. It is important that the patient is monitored during this procedure.

Depending on the program the patient continues through the various steps associated with a withdrawl program. During this time it continues to be important that the person is under the supervision of a doctor. Blood pressure and other procedures need to be followed to make certain the person remains in stable condition. Following the detox program every patient is encouraged to become involved with a follow up program like addiction therapy or attending 12 step meetings.

Detox 5

I wanted to share with everyone a very popular way that has caught on in the U. K. it is called the detox 5. I am not sure how new it is but I believe the name is rather new and its kind of catchy because it sure caught my attention. It is my hope that it will catch a lot of peoples attention of people who are trying to overcome heroin addiction and find a new way to live.

The detox 5 is just what it sounds like a five day detox. Now it can be done at home or in rehab. If you go to rehab you will be medically. What will happen is folks who have been trained for working with people with an opiate addiction will administer prescription meds to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms and this process takes 4 or 5 days. If you are suffering from this deadly drug why not take action and try this out? You owe it to your self!

I have to tell you that you do not have to go what I went through to get clean. I went trough 30 plus years of getting and using and find ways and means to get more. This is no kind of life for anyone we all deserve better. My drug usage affected every one I came in contact with and believe it or not so does yours.


I lied and I stole from my family swearing that I was going to stop using. The thing is I may have really meant it but I did not know how. If you are reading this post you have no more excuses to use heroin because I have explained at length how to stop using heroin. If you are still having problems then leave a comment.

How to detox  

Giving up a drug addiction is more complicated than just using will power. A drug addict will develop a physical dependency on the drug being taken. This drug has a reputation for being very difficult to stop taking because it produces terrible symptoms during the withdrawal phase. For this reason it is advisable to get professional help if you or a loved one want to recover from addiction. If done the right way, a person can get through this process and overcome their craving for the drug so they can get their life back.

Withdrawal symptoms from this opiate drug such as tremors, nausea, perspiration, physical aches in the body, and hallucinating. If a person has been a long time user, it is very painful to go through withdrawal from this drug. A trained professional can help during the process of physically and emotionally withdrawing from the drug, but it will still be difficult to go through this experience. The addict must truly desire to break free of this addiction.

With the right help in place, detox will be a whole lot easier. The supportive assistance of friends, family, and professionals will be a great benefit. That is the reason that it is worth making the effort to get rid of this drug from your system. Taking the steps to get clean can save your life, and if you are an addict you must fight against your addiction if you ever want to recover and have a normal life.

It may be difficult to overcome any addiction but if you take action it can be done. I know because I have quit using and found a new way to live drug free and the thing is you can too if you just take the suggestions you will find in this post.

I have to add that one of the best ways I have found to beat heroin addiction is by attending NA meetings. If you are new to recovery I would make a commitment to attend meetings on a daily basis. One good thing about them are that they are absolutely free and the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using so if you are reading this chances are you meet the requirement.

If you really want to beat heroin you are going to have to put in the work. What I mean by work is taking action in fact, massive action is  necessary if you want to overcome heroin so what exactly I am saying is that you need to step up your recovery program to avoid a heroin relapse and prevent returning to your former state of addiction. This can be done by attending more NA meetings, keeping in  contact with your sponsor regularly and if you do not have one I would suggest that you get one. Keep in mind that meeting makers make it.

One thing that helped me to stay clean and sober over the years was to have a sound heroin addiction recovery plan in place and for this I used and integrated recovery plan. My plan included regular exercise in fact when I fist stopped abusing drugs I went for a 2 mile walk each day. It is also important to eat right for example we need to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables not just junk food.

I would also include attending 12 step meetings daily especially for those just getting clean. Another thing you may want to try is substance abuse counseling because this is pretty much what saved my life. I actually went to drug addiction therapy once a week for 2 years. I do not suggest things that I have not personally done myself.

Good luck



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If anyone has any questions regarding Heroin or the treatment process for getting clean from it or any other drug, please do not hesitate to ask me in the comments below.  



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76 comments:

  1. As I read your page I'm planning my own again cold turkey detox
    I'm scared just knowing how sick I.ll get makes me want to run
    but hay i've been running 4 awhile maybe doing this the hard way willmake me never want 2 do it
    lissa
    dante_night@yahoo.com

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  2. Hang in there Lissa, you might want to try to get some help before you go cold turkey....it is great that you are determined to get clean, but maybe if you can get into rehab it will increase your chances this time? Toughing it out does not always work, though it may work for you. Good luck to you at any rate, keep us posted on your progress.

    Art

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  3. What do you think is the best thing to do in order to address detox symptoms when someone is detoxing from heroin cold turkey at home? I see people who are getting sweats and chills, upset stomach, and just having a ton of anxiety. They are also restless and don't sleep well when they are going through this. Every heroin addict I have talked with seems to experience a lot of these symptoms or even all of them. So what can they take to make this better? Are there any over the counter medications that might help these symptoms? Please assume that rehab is not an option because it really is not for a lot of the people I see on a regular basis....

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  4. Well as far as the sweats and chills go there is not a lot you can do about this except make sure to drink plenty of fluids I know detox centers use gator aid so get some of that. For the upset stomach I would recommend pepto bismal or something similar. Now as far as the sleep goes as I stated in the post one should stay awake 24- 36 hours before quitting but you can look for an over the counter sleep aid that contains melatonin. If you have ever ate a Thanksgiving turkey and felt sleepy afterward it is because of the melatonin. It is non addictive and should help you sleep.

    Good luck.

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  5. okay... my boyfriend has been mentioning he wants to quit heroin which is great considering he spends between $200 and about $450 per week on it. i've been researching different med options and how to pertain them. is it possible to just go to a regular physician and get an rx? also, i've heard nothing but bad reviews on methadone such as re-addiction and what not are there other drugs that are not addictive but have the same effects and also fight "dope sickness?" i want to help if at all possible so i figure if i get all of the info and present it to him maybe just maybe he'll take action......

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  6. Hi thanks for your comment

    Yes, your right there are risks involved with methadone but it is safer and a lot cheaper than doing heroin but I would only use it for detox and even this is risky. Now as far as getting drugs for dope sickness I am sure there are drugs drugs that a regular Dr. can give you to help but they will not have the same effect. I don’t know where you live but you should be able to find a Dr. in your vicinity that can prescribe suboxone however, it can be addicting too but it is much easier to get off of when he decides he no longer needs them. I am not sure how he intends to stay clean after his detox but I can tell you the stopping is a huge step in the right direction. I know for me to simply stop using drugs was not enough so I would plan on thinking this over while you’re at it too. One needs a plan of action for there recovery if they wish to stay cleans. I would suggest that you keep encouraging him and keep this in mind.

    Good luck

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  7. Hey,
    Im a 20 yr old female. My cousin introduced me to heroin in Oct of 09 and now I spend 2-300$ a day on it and my life savings is nearly gone. I tried cold turkey and failed. No one in my family knows of my addiction. My father would disown me, my Mother was addicted as well and went completely crazy and killed herself on Father's Day of 04. I am very intelligent I was validvictorian of my class, active in all clubs, captain of my basketball team. I show no signs of addiction or abuse to society but inside I am raging. I dont know what to do. I am so scared. I have very little money and can't find an affordable home kit, and I have to remain anonoymous so, I have a daughter and I can not attend a 30 rehab center. I cannot risk losing her or this being publicized. I spend so much because my connection to heroin is weak. The product I buy is a rocky substance sometimes tanish and often a white powder I buy and buy visiting my dealer 3-5 times a day chasing my high I never get where I once could get. My tolerance maybe is high I am unsure. I never get drowsy or a rush anymore. I am becoming self destructive, and I need help. I just cannot bring myself to ask my family because I cannot lose them. If you knew them you would understand. Please tell me an anonoymous way to kick this habit before someone finds out or I kill myself.

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  8. Hi thanks for your comment. All I can tell you is you may want come clean with your family if they love you they will support you regardless and if they don’t at least you will know you did the right thing by trying to get help.
    There is a good chance if you continue to use you will lose your daughter anyway or die. Then what will she do with no mother, have you ever thought about that? Treatment is only 7 to 14 days tops now days. It’s a hard decision I am sure but one you need to make. Ok you’re smart but you can not think yourself out of this disease trust me I have tried it won’t work. They will not take your daughter for going to rehab but if you continue to use you never know what can happen because if you mess around and OD or get busted with a bag of dope then they more than likely will take her.

    All I can say is get help somewhere the only way to stay anonymous is to kick cold turkey alone. Rehabs are not allowed to release information either without written consent. I think that sooner or later the cats going to come out the bag. So please do not kill yourself. I am sure that you can get clean. You may think you are fooling people but just maybe you are not. Have you ever gone to 12 step meetings they will help but you still have to go through withdrawal one way or another.

    Good luck

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  9. hiya al... its refreshing to here that i am not aloane with this problem... i found out that my boyfiend was smokin £250 every 2 days on it i was in so much shock i never thought it off him.. i had just finished waitin 4 year prison sentence he had recived. before he got locked up that was the last thing i thought hede do but i knew irish prisons and all prisons at that are well known for it...


    soooooooo a big shock to find him smoking it in the car only month after hes relese i didnt know what to do, as time past i got used to it and watched him smoke,and it was like he didnt have a care in the world i got very curious after 5 or 6 months and robbed a bit off him realy enjoyed it and smoked it since 4 the past 5 months i hav just finished a detox of 4 days and im very proud of myself hope i dont go back, as for him he is still the same so ive left him TRUST ME if i can do it anyone can.... {FACT} XXXX

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  10. Thanks for your comment. Good for you and keep up the excellent work you are right anyone can get clean if they take the action.

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  11. Hi I would like to try the sleep detox. I have heard about a 4 day sleep, while you go through withdrawals. Do you know about this?
    Thanks African

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  12. Thanks for asking African.

    No I can't say that I have all I have heard about is the rapid heroin detox and you are only asleep for a matter of hours.

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  13. A close family member is addicted to heroin and alchohol, he has no help and is mentally so low at times I think next time will be the last. He has tried to detox on his own, he is at his lowest ebb, there is nothing available we can afford, I am afraid for him. He is an articulate person and a talented artist, a stroke recently left him mentally injured too and he is getting deeply depressed but wont see his Dr, who has nothing to offer apart from sorry. He will lose his home and family if I cannot do something positive but I don't know what as he believes he is in control. Have you any suggestions please?

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  14. Hi thanks for your comment. I would try to get him to go to an NA meeting as they are free and there he will meet others like himself who are trying to stay clean; perhaps if he goes he will give up the illusion that he is in control.
    Other than this there is not a lot you can do for him.

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  15. My daughter just entered detox program. What sucks is there is no contact with family, no phone calls allowed, and when I call for information all I get is the runaround! I was told it would take 3-5 days then she would be coming home, however when they came to pick her up I was told it would be longer. all I want to know is how she is progressing and nobody will call me back! I know she signed release papers so I dont know what the deal is. She went into this program voulantarily but if she knew ahead of time that she couldnt contact family she probably would of never went. part of me is glad she did, however no contact seems harsh if not cruel! even criminals are allowed to use phones. What are the chances of her coming home in 3 to 5 days?

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  16. She will more than likely be home in the time they said and as far as no contact that is for her protection to help her so I would suggest that you relax. Not trying to bum you out or anything but the thing is if she is coming home right after detox without a recovery plan in place that it has been my experience that those who only detox use a short time later.

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  17. I'm self-detoxing "cold turkey" by myself from daily and heavy opiate use for over 6 years. I am desperate and determined. I had no other options than "cold turkey" completely by myself because I don't have the money to go to a rehab and all of the public hot lines and resources I called for a week before this all closed the door on me as I was not a pregnant woman or some other specific. The only place in this particular city for people without money has only 20 beds -- all full -- and a waiting list of over 3,500...they said I could put my name on the list and expect a 2-3 month wait. Out-patient centers wouldn't see me as they said I needed to detox before they could help. I'm out of work and money. The only place that I could think of was NA. I'm going to 2-3 meetings a day. I'm on day 11 now and some things are getting SLIGHTLY better like the sweats and chills (though I cant seem to regulate my body temperature...I'm still chilly in air-conditioning and get too sweaty too fast in heat...and the heat index with humidity is already 110 here in TX...) but some things are worse like leg cramps/pain (persisting despite light biking and stretching and hot baths) and still feel my pulse pounding rather hard all over my body like like my veins are going to explode from high blood pressure or something... ...and some things are still exactly the same like the COMPLETE lethargy but insane insomnia.

    It's been kind of hard just dealing with the physical issues that I know the mental ones are still lurking which is why I go to at least 2 NA meetings daily.

    Any thoughts on how long the above symptoms are going to last the way I'm doing and have to do this as I'm feeling nothing...neither hope nor hoplessness at this juncture but pain and frustration. My utilities are all going to be shut down if I can't get up and out to make some money for payments soon. I just want this all to end. Thanks for you forum

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  18. Thanks a lot for your comment believe it or not you made my day you are an inspiration to all of us for without the newcomer where would we be! Man I have to tell you that you are doing awesome. What a lot of people do not understand is that for an addict to stop using for just one day is a miracle and 11 days is truly great. That's what I did when I first got clean is hit a couple NA meetings a day. I did this for 90 days and when that was up. I did another 90 in 90. I can tell you this that it may sound like a long time but think of all the time you spent getting and finding one more bag of dope. I know that at 90 days my whole out look on life had changed. I started to feel better lost my depression and went back to school. I can tell you that even after 30 days you will notice a change even if it is slight like sleeping a little better.

    My suggestion to you is to keep doing what you are doing and share what you are going through at your meetings this will help you and you may for a fact help someone else. I do not know whether you have a pray or have a HP but try that too it works.

    Its all about one addict helping another.

    Good luck and never give up! It gets better you have to believe that.

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  19. Hi im on my second day, I came out of treatment after christmas and used again after 4 weeks and have been useing till now, with about 4 attempts in between to stop. My first time useing Meth, I took 20 mls this morning, it has eased the leg pains, still geeting the sweats. I start useing when I was 18, im now 32 and have been clean hundreds of times and always go back. Just asking myself what will be driffrent this time. While I know you should not give up for other people, I cant handle the distruction I cause to my wife and kids. Heroin addiction is hell. Stephen. Dublin

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  20. HI and thanks for your comment. I used for a long time myself over 30 years but I am clean today. Why is this you may say well I did something different number one I quit making excuses to use and did not pick up no matter what.

    I started attending NA meetings daily and things started getting better. So if you do want to stay clean you must take action and do something different. I would start by quit taking other drugs to ease your pain of withdrawal. If they are that bad go to rehab. What we need to do is quit doing the same old thing and expecting different results because if nothing changes nothing changes.

    Good luck

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  21. I am a 23 year-old, mother and wife. I have been addicted to opiates since I was 16... I got clean 4 months before I found out I was pregnant.... then I was clean through the whole pregnancy and a few months after the birth of my beautiful daughter. She is going to be 16 months on July 4, 2010. I have used suboxone recreationally because as a mother I thought that would be better to use for my pain instead of the hard opiates I used before such as oxycontin and heroin (no IV use). Of course I got hooked on suboxone, then my dealer left the state for 2 months, leaving me to resort to using heroin.... something I never wanted to ever do again... now I have gotten in a suboxone clinic finally and am trying to get clean. I took a subuxone too soon on friday and it put me into precipitated withdrawals and I used heroin the following two days. I completely stopped on sunday and it is now tuesday 2:00 pm and I do not have any of the slightest withdrawals... believe me I know what withdrawals are!!!! I cannot understand why I feel like this, If I don't have any withdrawals I would like to not take the subuxone.... but I still have cravings for the heroin still. I dont know what to do

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  22. Thanks for your comment. I am sure you are felling better and the reason is the suboxone is an opiate. I would continue to take the suboxone until you get stronger mentally and the cravings subside.

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  23. Thanks so much for this forum and your quick responses. Just wanted to follow up on my June 4th 2010 post. Still successfully quitting "cold turkey" and am on DAY 37. Most of the immediate withdrawal symptoms (such as sweats/chills, pounding heart, horrible aches both muscle and bone) lasted for about 3 solid weeks and are just now starting to lessen a bit -- but not gone completely. Strangely, at DAY 37, I now am finding myself almost completely out of gas physically and mentally. I am beyond exhausted and light exercise only seems to exacerbate it. Feels like chronic fatigue syndrome times 1000. Also, gaining weight at an unhealthy and alarming rate. In fact, I'm wondering if I need to go to the hospital/doctor and see if there is something wrong like possible damaged thyroid issues (as I was a LONG term and HEA\/Y dose user)? I'm still determined to do this and am still going to at least 2 NA meetings a day but it takes all the strength I can muster to get to them, then I collapse on the sofa back at home afterwards and can barely mo\/e the rest of the day...e\/en to just clean/groom myself. Starting to feel hopeless. Any thoughts? Thanks again!

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  24. Thanks again for your comments and congrats on day 37 you are a miracle. Ya I know exactly what you mean by it taking every thing you have to make it to your meetings but keep pushing yourself do not let up your strength will return ask God to give you the strength he will.

    Once we quit using it is natural for us to gain weight but it can not hurt to be checked out by your physician.

    Keep up the good work

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  25. I have a younger brother who is 22 years old and is fresh out of graduating from a 4-year college. He is a super bright kid and has hidden his use from us very well. He has always been a smoker but I always thought the worst of it was marijuana so me and my family were shocked to discover that he has been a heroin user for about 7 or so years. He said he started using at 15 years old, went cold turkey, thought he kicked the habit, but began using again sometime later. He just admitted to us that he is an addict and wants to get clean but fears getting locked up/put away in a rehab institution. He says he wants to kick the habit a home with his family there as support. I'm worried in imagining how things are going to get worse before they get better and I fear that me and my family don't have what it takes or know how to handle something this big. I think rehab is his best shot at getting clean but my parents insist on him trying it 'his way' at home first. I hear day 3 is the worst...is that true? Is it a good idea that my parents allow him to try to go cold turkey at home before trying rehab? Is there anything he can easily take that will help somewhat ease the withdrawals? Thank you in advance.

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  26. Thanks for your comment. Well if he is determined to stop using at home then that's pretty much that. Yes rehab would have been a better choice but you can not force him. Just wait and see how it turns out but continue to support him. As far as taking anything to help the withdrawals over the counter medications may help.

    My question is how does he intend to stay clean? Family is good but they can not keep him clean. He seriously needs a plan of action or he will use again no two ways about it.

    Good luck

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  27. I don't know if any one reads these anymore. I am a 19 year old female. I have been using heroin since I was 17 years old. I am an IV user and last year on my 18th birthday I spent it in rehab at Rosecrance facility in Rockford IL. I detoxed completely cold turkey because they refused to give me suboxone because my parents did not sign the forms for it. I am extremely afraid to detox this way again. A couple of days ago I bought 5 methadones and I have been one day clean from heroin. Today is the morning of my hopefully second day and I have one methadone left and about 3 suboxone left. I need some advice on how to take these pills and the order to take these pills.

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  28. Hi thanks for your comment.

    Congrats on one day clean that's great as far as taking the meds I would take one of them each day it should be enough to get you through the worst of your withdrawal.

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  29. my boyfriend has just come home from a 2wk detox centre. e is very scared still of life without heroin, but seems very strong and determined. i have faith in him. e is suffering still from the after affects of the subetex.

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  30. Thanks for your comment always good to hear someone is determined to stay clean. Tell him to hang in there it takes time to get back to the way we once were but trust me he will.

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  31. a friend of mine is going through a detox from heroin right now (day 3) not by choice..he will be released from jail today (temporarily). im so afraid hes going to get more so he doesnt have the pain

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  32. Hi thanks for your comment - Unfortunately you are probably right; I know that's the first thing I did every time I got out of jail and there is nothing you can do but try to tell him if he does not use things will get better.

    Anyway good luck with that.

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  33. My daughter is detoxing @ home because st clairs felt that she didn't use enough to deserve a bed. She shoots now 3x week but it's because she has no money or she would use more. She has social issues and is on antidepressants. She is in therapy 1xaweek. She will not go to rehab due to social issues and not wanting to be in a group. We went to a Na meeting last night and when we walked in and she saw the circle of chairs she walked out. I persuaded her to come and sit outside the circle. Than after meeting started and you had to state your name and addiction she ran out. I'm afraid that without meetings she will have little support. Can she watch meetings on line and do you think they will be effective?

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  34. Hi thanks for your comment. Well in Michigan where I live we do ask a newcomer there name and who they are but it is voluntary because we ask if there are any newcomers and if you do not want to say that you are a newcomer that's fine.

    This is what I would do find another meeting and see what there format is because movies and stuff is good but this is mostly to get you started on the right path in other words it will not last. She has to come to the conclusion that she needs help until then not a hell of a lot you can do but pray for her and let her know she is loved.

    Good luck and if you need anything else do not hesitate to write.

    Good luck

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  35. I have a 21 year old son that says that he does heroin every once in awhile but he is not addicted do I believe him? He says he can quit. I cant make him go to rehab because he is over 18. What do I do?

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  36. Hi thanks for your question. Well it seems to me that if he is addicted then he is in denial and really there is nothing I mean nothing you can do until he is ready. I would continue to let let him know you care about him. There is a chance he is telling the truth also. If he is addicted it will show and I am sure you would be able to tell but still he has to be ready to get help.

    Good luck

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  37. Hi, a friend of mine is detoxing from heroin on his own at home at the moment. He emailed me today and told me he's on day 3 and finding it very difficult. I want to go and see him tomorrow and bring him anything that would be helpful -- food, drinks, whatever might help him get through this. I don't know anything about detoxing from heroin, so I was hoping you could give me some advice about what might be most helpful to him at this stage in his withdrawal. I'm really proud of him for finally facing up to this, and I want to help him as much as I can. Thanks so much for your advice.

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  38. Hi thanks for your question at this point being he has made to day 3 he should be about through the worst of it. I would make sure he has plenty of fluids, every time I went to rehab to detox they had me to drink a lot of gator aid it helps build a persons electrolytes up. I would probably get him some Motrin if he does not already have them but the most important thing is "you" by being there this is huge because it is very important that he knows that he matters and people care about him and want to see him get better . At this point so good for you!

    Good luck and God bless

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  39. Hi thanks for your questions. First of all I am not a Dr. but I am a recovering addict who has been through it. Now the only way a Dr could prescribe methadone to her is for pain it is against the law for them to prescribe methadone for heroin addiction unless they work for a clinic. Now as far as the suboxone she would need more than one and she can get them from a Dr that is licensed to prescribe them.

    Some years ago when I was still using before I got clean I did use Librium, atavin, xanax or valium...to help with the withdrawal they are all basically the same and will all work. They will help make the withdrawal bearable and will take the edge off to let you sleep if you take enough of them. The worst of it will be over in 3 days but it will take some time to get back to where she is feeling normal.

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  40. Hi thanks for your questions. First of all I am not a Dr. but I am a recovering addict who has been through it. Now the only way a Dr could prescribe methadone to her is for pain it is against the law for them to prescribe methadone for heroin addiction unless they work for a clinic. Now as far as the suboxone she would need more than one and she can get them from a Dr that is licensed to prescribe them.

    Some years ago when I was still using before I got clean I did use Librium, atavin, xanax or valium...to help with the withdrawal they are all basically the same and will all work. They will help make the withdrawal bearable and will take the edge off to let you sleep if you take enough of them. The worst of it will be over in 3 days but it will take some time to get back to where she is feeling normal.

    Good luck and God bless

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  41. Hi im online reading coments, my husband one day just trying to see the effect off herion for about two months now and he is really sick now. We are needing alot of suggestions on hoe to self detox from herion and i will be here for him for support.

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  42. What is the best way to detox on your own? My fiance has been cleaned for two and half years and have started snorting heroin again. He is really a mess. He does not have insurance because he has lost his job due to his drug use. can you give me some answers to help him detox cold turkey. At this time this is his only solution.

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  43. Hi the best way to detox heroin cold turkey is to stay awake 2 days in a row before the day you intend to stop this should help you to sleep through the worst of the withdrawal. If you still can not sleep get an over the counter medication the contains melatonin.

    Good luck

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  44. Hello-
    I have quite a few questions. But I am not even sure what they are at this point. A very good, old friend, of mine is detoxing currently from a 2+ year habit. Very heavy using.
    He was attempting to get into a free/low cost detox program with suboxen (sp?).
    However, he didn't get into it in time and is stuck detoxing over this holiday weekend without anything. He is stuck on doing it NOW, with or without medical/detox help. He is homeless and is staying on a friends boat that is docked (and rocking all around). With no help, friend or family member around to help. He is in the middle of town and is on the verge of using- to kill the pain.
    I talked to him today, and without thinking, as a reaction I offered my house in the country (about 2 hours from the big city) for him to detox. I work, am a full time student, and am just getting moved into this new house (a lot on my plate). But I feel like it is a life or death for him right now. I have to help him.
    He is ready to do it cold turkey (or continue to) at my house. It has been since thursday that he has used, so he's well into it.
    1.) What am I in for? How long will it last?
    2.) Is it possible to do it at home, cold turkey? As you stated above?
    3.) What supplies do I need?
    4.) What do I need to look out for, when do I need to rush him to the ER?
    5.) Is it dangerous? For him or me? - My husband will be home, most of the day- as he works from home, but is he possibly going to get violent?
    6.) Any herbal things that may help- even pot? Supplements?
    I guess I am now nervous. I offered, he took me up on it.
    I am in the middle of finals, moving and I work! So this is a thing I do not have time for, but he is going to die- and has nobody to help him.
    Can I do this- will it work logistically to detox at home?

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  45. Hi thanks for the comment. If Thursday was the last time he used then the worst should be about over. If a person goes to rehab they detox you in 3 days 4 sometimes if you used for years like I did.

    Like I said the worst is about over and if he has made it this far he can make it. Sure he will not feel real good. This will take time. So that should answer the question if he can do it at home.

    If he did not have a serious medical condinion before hand he probably will not need the ER.

    It has been my experience that our minds will tell us that things are worse than they are This is the disease wanting him to use again. "he may feel like he is going to die but he will not" unless he is in extremely poor health with medical conditions. Death from heroin withdrawal is extremely rare now alcohol is another matter it can be dangerous.

    Just your offering gives him a reason to get clean so good for you. Now he knows that at least someone cares about him and knows that he matters. This is extremely important because even though we used drugs we are good people and want to matter and be loved to.

    Now as far as what will help him you may want to pick up some Motrin for headache and in case he gets leg cramps. Get him some Gator Aid that's what they use in rehab it helps build the electrolytes back up. Oh you may want to pick up something for diarrhea too. No pot may make it worse it did me.

    Tell him he is going to be just fine to hang in there. Tell him I said great job on making the decision to quit using. Give yourself a pat on the back for helping. If you need anything else just write and I will get back to you soon.

    Good luck

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  46. I am a heroin addict. I want to quit, but I don't know how. I have lied to my wife, daughter, parents, in-laws. I have stolen from the people that love me the most. I have cheated my family out of the joy of spending time with them. I always find an excuss to go and get high and ways to score. I am always chasing that high that does not come anymore. It does not even mask the sadness. It is never-ending. I can not do this to my family anymore. I need help. I do not have insurance or money. My girlfriend has had enough and is threating to leave me because of all that I have stolen from her and lied to her. Where can I find help? I heard that senboxen helps with getting through the worst part of withdrawls. Does this method help? I do not want to drop one habbit and form another. What is the best thing to do if I go cold turkey? Thank you.

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  47. Art, The Willpower and What you created here is nothing shy of Genius in action.
    Yes, I own one the 4 rapid detox facilities in the United States. I want you to know and make the claim it is the best in the world and expanding 15 locations. 5 in emerging markets. (28k patients but never advertised)
    I found the only way to really detox a human is 8hrs after colon and bladed are empty. Not 60 min. Then administer suboxone. Undeniably, We were placed here to help. Info@nowithdrawaldetox.com or call nowithdrawaldetox.com. Would like to speak before expansion.

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  48. hi i am dtoxing myself at home with suboxone. i have managed to cut down from 8 milligrams to 1 milligrams over a period of 2 weeks. will i still get withdrawal symptoms when i take my last tablet and any idea how long for

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  49. Hi there congratulations on you decision to overcome your addiction

    I would think that you should be fine and will not suffer anything you and not handle.

    Now keep in mind it is going to take some time to get back to the way that you used to feel but with proper diet and exercise this will come back if you do not use.

    Good luck

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  50. I am a 20 year old male who started using opiates at 15, and got into heroin at 17. I was clean, went through the whole suboxone circuit, for my freshman year of college. But I don't know who I am without opiates. They are my armor which makes me feel alright going out into the world. I have been using heroin heavily the last several months. I've always been quite open and honest with my father, an on and off alcoholic who certainly understands addiction, and he has implored me to stop this cycle. But really, I want to stop. I'm sick of stealing and lying to get high, and still not even be happy. I'm tired of being sick for a day or two every week. I've kicked so many times, almost always cold turkey. Now I'm on day 2 and for once in my life am feeling some determination to stick to what I decided I wanted for my life, regardless of how much it hurts. And my father is committed to getting me into some treatment so I can try and learn how to live without heroin again. In that way this time is different. But I have no illusions. I don't have a question. I know the cycle. I know I'm not through this, and won't be even if I can make it a week, a month, two months, a year without using. I guess I just wanted to say that I'm happy something like this exists. An outlet to help people when they are sick, lonely and want to die.

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  51. Hi there thanks for sharing this and congrats on giving it another go. Yes addiction is a lifelong disease and do not worry about how many times it takes you to stop using it took me over 30 yrs but I now have many years free from heroin and other drugs.

    If you go to treatment they will teach you how to stay clean and one of the things they will tell you is to attend NA meetings. I can tell you this for free. If you go to a meeting others there will share with you how they stay clean.

    Good luck and never give up!!

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  52. Hi there ive currently been on heroin for 5 months i recently rellapsed just because i missed that feeling of not haveing a care in the world when im high i never injected my self ive only smoked heroin and the last time i detoxed it was for a whole 7 days i mean i dont think i slept a full hour the whole time i detoxed recently the whole 7 days,but all of my symptoms had went away and i got to the 7th days and let the devil back in that was currently like 3 weeks ago now im on day 2 and im turning over a new leaf in life i cant continue to be sick like this i cant ive got kids and ive lost just about everything in my life i mean i have hit rock bottom and like i said i currently rellapesed im currently staying with my dad and hes got no idea i rellapsed im hurting him again he gave a roof over my head and i was screwing it up so from this day foward im gonna battle this demon and beat this for the last time basically i just wanted to know is my sickness going to last the whole 7 days cus ive resently beat it but had a 2 week being im on day 2 and i feel ok but my stomach is very weak and my chills come in an out i slept i think last night i woke up at 5am burning up i mean i woke up soaking wet it sucks please some one im in this alone i can do it just help me get thru this i just need someone to talk too so i know im not in it alone...

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  53. Hi there I am glad you are not giving up. This can be the last time you ever have to go through this.

    I can tell you this though if you continue to try to do this alone you are never ever going to be able to stay clean you may not like hearing this but I give it to people straight with no cut on it.

    I tried to do it alone for over 30 yrs. and trust me it does not work and it gets worse.

    It wast not until I surrendered that I could never use any mind altering substances ever again and started asking God and other recovering addicts in NA for help that I was able to put any clean time together.

    By the way I thank God and the people in NA for helping me save my life. I now have many years clean and sober.

    If you have truly had enough and been through enough beat downs then I would strongly suggest that as soon as you are feeling a bit better that you go to a meeting. Or you can keep doing it your way but I can tell you this that things are going to get progressively worse.

    The end results of addiction are always the same. Jails, Institutions, and death and not necessarily in that order. Oh but then again there is recovery.

    Good luck

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  54. Well It's Lissa and sad to say I'm back to trying to kick again ;( Cold turkey not the way for me and as for Rehab very bad place to meet your next boyfriend Seems I am going doing all the wrong things Tomorrow morning I plan to try yet again this time with the help of Suboxen Xanax and a sleeping pill With the help of my Doctor we worked out s time-table dose 1 4mg of Suboxen every 4 hr 1mg Xanax every 4 hr the sleeping pill every 6hrs this is only for the first 24 hrs Day 2 everything goes to 6 hrs the sleeping pill till 8hr apart Day 3 the same everything moves 2 more hrs apart If anyone can think of anything else I can do PLEASE E-mail me dante_night@yahoo.com

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  55. Hi Lisa I am really glad you made it back alive. Well do not beat yourself up over it because its a done deal.

    The thing is we need to learn from are mistake and it sounds like you are aware of some of them.

    It took me so many tries at getting clean that I lost count but now I have many years drug free and I try to help others to do the same to the best of my ability.

    I am glad you went to your doctor with this instead of going off on your own that was another thing I failed at because I wanted to do everything myself and did not work I did not want to ask for help "big mistake" we all need help if we want to overcome or addiction.

    Good luck and God bless

    If you need any further help you know what to do.

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  56. I started using heroin 2 months ago after my mother passed away. £10 habit a day. I had been 10 years clean. Due to being seen under the influence the police were called and my daughter (for neglect) was removed from my care. Police did not test me,other than for alcohol which was negative. I explained it was due to my prescribed medication and Social Services want to return her asap. Unfortunately they found some wraps of heroin which I denied knowing about. I have been bailed until February. I want to stop using now, (For myself and my daughter). Its been a nightmare after being 10 years clean. I have also agreed to be tested next week, by urine or swab. My daughter is the only family I have left.We have never been apart and I am so ashamed and scared for how she must be feeling. They are allowing my contact every day next week. How can I stop using so quickly and how long will it be in my system. I cant see her when withdrawing without medication.I'm prescribed temazepam on occasions and have a few left. I truely never want to use again, especially have done 10 years clean. If I lose my daughter, I will have nothing to live for. Can you give me some advice.

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  57. Hi there

    Heroin will be out of the system in 24 hours if you completely stop using. However the withdrawal is another story.

    It could last anywhere from 2 to 5 days depending on how much and how often you used so only you can be the judge of that. But you were not using all that much if you only used £10 once per day.

    One thing you should keep in mind when you quit is that your mind is going to be telling you that your withdrawal is worse than what it actually is but you can do it.

    Good luck and God bless

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  58. Hi, congrats to you on your success. I have a 21 yr old son, just came back from CA on tues. He is an addict and bi polar. He has been to 3 rehabs. He broke up with his girlfriend (he was out of control), college a bust, and lost his apt. He is in really bad shape. He says he has not used (not sure how long, if that is true) he has suboxone (not under a dr.). He was just prescribed laymectil (sp.?) and Klonopin (one of the drugs he was addicted to. Only has take two lymactil this is new. Last night had such a bad night with his ex he, told me (he is very forthcoming) that he took 6 klonopins. short version of years of constant bombardment of dysfuntion because of his use. His younger brother extremely affected. (that God he was house sitting for someone when his brother came home). We are broken parents. He is a physical and mental mess! My husband lost his job. He does have work he does but he said "I cannot even function anymore". I have seen this strong man just breakdown, and even thought to check himself into a hospital. We have tried everything. I feel my son needs a mental hospital (the God awful things that come out of his mouth) from his bi polar. As we speak he has had cold sweats for two days now, he is vomiting, says his stomach hurts. Do we give him a choice...hospital/and or detox, or the door...we cannot live like this..its only been two days....I know he has to want it...My husband's brother died from OD last year, my husband's niece three years ago. My son absolutely knows the love is there. Just so confused what to do. The bi polar/and depression w/the addiction and his age...makes for makes for a terrifying powder keg. Can you advise....Thank you for your site, and thanking you in advance. God Bless

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  59. hi My fiance has been struggeling opiates and heroin off and on for the past 3 years... he says he was clean for most of that time inbetween..but, these days who knows whats true anymore... Anyways, we have a beautiful 4 year old little girl..and a baby due in july.. i recently gathered enough evidence to prove that he was using again. Which somehow still came as a shock to me.. :( Its has been such a long road of lets downs and lies and suspictions and broken heart... butwe have been together since we were kids.and 11 years later still holding on together..hes my sole mate... but i had to tell him that was it.. our babys have to come first now.. So he was givin the ultamadum of either drugs or us.. Luckly he chose rehab! We desided on a intensive residentual program which said to be 28 days... i thought that was great.. and he even agreed to it! anyways...we go there and i guess you have to be clean for 78 hours before being admitted... bummmerr So they then sent him 3 floors down to a detox program, this program lasts only 5 days..he has been there for 2 days now, he is alowed to use the phone and tells me they are giving him buprenorphine to help with withdrawls.... he has always been a very quite person.. so altho he calls me frequently he does not say much..and just sounds drone.. tired.. wishy washy..all in all kinda... fucked up.. but not angry or sick sounding or anything... its kinda like he is emotionless to me... i have not talked to the program staff and asked how he is doing in their view (not sure if they would tell me anyways)but i am very concerend and afraid for him and our family...i want to stay 'in the loop'!!! but at the same time i dont want to pressure him to talk to me.. or ask him the 10000 questions that i am dieing to in risk of making him mad or shut down to me completley..... but i do want something... i want to know its working and he wants it, and he is feeling anything... help.. :(
    AND Today when i talked to him he said him and the counceler were having a meeting.. and they discussed an out patient program ...apparenly (according to him) that is what they suggested..and even found one close to us..blah blah blah.. i was instently scared.. i was planning on him now being able to go to the 28 day program a couple floors up??!!! why would they suggest anything different? well i guess "they said" that because this is his first time in a treatment center he should be fine with out patient... and also because he has ADD and is on adderal that no inpatient place would accept him in...? :( I dont know what to do now.. im so scared for him..i dont want to be un supportive or seem pushy.. but that just sounds crazy to me! i have read so much about out patient program not working...
    ps: did i mention he has severe asthma.. and is a dope addict!!!.yaaa. hes gana die if he cant kick this :(
    what can i do to help him?

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  60. sorry about all the misspellings.. :/ haha

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  61. Hi Art,

    I am so happy I found this blog. All of these comments and stories from other people, along with your experience and guidance has brought tears to my eyes.

    I was addicted to drugs (weed, cocaine, speeed, benzos) for all of my teenage life. When I was 18 I tried heroin. I was addicted to heroin for 5 years, with one year in there of methadone maintenance, and the last year speedballing. That is when I really hit rock bottom. I never fought my addiction. It wasn't until that last year when I hit rock bottom that I fought back (and won, with the help of suboxone and a great support group in NA and AA). I was 24 years old when I finally got clean.

    I relapsed one year later, and fought back, again with the help of suboxone. I was determined, and stayed clean for four years. In that time I got married to a wonderful man, very successful man, had two baby girls, and basically turned my life around into that of a suburbanite. One of those people that I envied when I'd seen them years ago, living their lives, as I was dying.

    So here's my problem. In the last six months, I have relapsed, but this time it's on roxicodone. I went through three days of cold turkey, but stupidly gave in yesterday (the third day). My question is; is it all lost? Will I have to go through the withdrawals all over again?

    I should've just kept going. I feel like a failure. The depression during the withdrawal was unbearable, and the fact that my kids were suffering because I couldn't be there for them (they had to sit around and watch me) was equally as unbearable.

    I am so lost. I don't know what to do. I am ready to go at the withdrawal again, I'm just wondering will it be as bad at the same intensity as it was?

    Thanks in advance,
    G

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  62. hi there my boyfriend is wanting to get clean but we cant afford rehab and he is too scared and he dont think he will be able to handle cold turkey. he has been on both methadone and subutex and they havent seemed to work in the past. there is a na/aa group near to where we live but that wont help him through the pain etc. im 30weeks pregnant and have stuck by him through the last year of knowing about his addiction but what can i do to help him as his girlfriend and support him while trying to get clean. is there any advice you can give tome so i can try understand and help him as much as i can. thankyou

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  63. hi there i am a 27yrs i have been doing heroin since i was 17 and have quit quite a few times but always got back on it this time im really stuck! my boyfriend sells wizz so we always have so much money!!! and that makes it hard to stop plus i have two children so i cant be ill because i have to look after them! im thinking of buying some methadone off the street, how much should i take and for how long? please help this is so hard xx

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    1. they say 10ml of methadone is the same as 1 bag so depends on how much your using in a day. :/ hope that is any help xx

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  64. hi been using heroin daily for 6 month. 5 days ago went cold turkey quiting it. so i went through the 3 days withdrawl. on day 4 decided to use again, also on day 5. the question am i going to experience the same withdrawl i had initially 5 days ago.

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    1. if i stop using today

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  65. hi, my partner has been smoking heroin for 3 months and is going cold turkey, he is on day 3 and is doing really well, he is getting the leg pains and lower back pains, sweats, and drowseyness! when he finally gets through the pains and addiction, do you think its most likely he will go back to it, as it was only 3 months he took it for???

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  66. I used for 5 years between the ages of 19 and 24. I quit cold turkey at home and went through detox mostly alone. For the last 14 years since I have not had the desire to use until now. I was raped last week, and the desire to use to escape has come up. The urge is almost violent in its strength. It is very frightening to me that heroin has this kind of power after 14 years. I feel hopeless. Where can I go for help?

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    1. Hi thanks for sharing

      I would suggest that you seek some type of professional help where you can talk about things that are going on for you. I went to counseling for 2 years and made a world of difference.

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  67. this is a gr8 post, thanx Art.
    ive been an addict 4 over half my life- always on & off... always chasing that high-(that calm, relaxed, chilled 'escape')im not happy the person ive become, always escaping, running away. i need/ want to stop, & yes the withdrawals scare me- get all the symptoms- flu times 10 plus pain, with weak body.
    im in my 48hrs with suboxone (off streets, with only 6mg for 3 days- hence my dilema)This is my critical point, the past 90% i give in & score. I am too ashamed to tell anyone. i do need help, hence researching internet.
    i want this to be my last detox, i work hard then smoke it all up in heroin( pure grade, we asians in sydney get the higher cut) & got nothing to show 4...being miserable and escaping is not a life...
    please give me strength to just enjoy life.

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  68. DO NOT get on Methadone. After several attempts to get off heroin, I decided that maybe Methadone was the right way to go. I will admit when I was on Methadone I had few cravings to use, but it was so hard to live a normal life when all I was doing was driving back and forth to the methadone clinic for my medicine, and working to make the money to buy methadone. I honestly would rather be on herion the methadone. After two years of being on methadone, my family decided that inpatient treatment was best for me. I went to treatment and was only on suboxine for 6 days. I was sick for 2months straight sleeping one to two hours a night. I did not think I would ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. After being in inpatient treatment for 3 months, I came home and quickly relapsed. I detox myself off of heroin atleast once every other week. I am so sad knowing that my addiction has not only caused serious harm to myself, killed my boyfriend and has hurt my family so much. I am so lost and looking for answers as to what I should try next. I know that I want to be clean and live a good life, I just don't think I have the right tools.
    Thank you!

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  69. I came across your site in an effort to seek helpful advice for my son. I had no idea of his stuggle with heroine until he came to me a week ago. He is 21 yrs old and I love him so much. This is the hardest week I have ever known. It scares me so bad I am sick to my stomach because I know what drugs have the power to turn good people into. It breaks my heart to hear so many who have been fooled by this evil. I am praying every second for my son. He is so sick right now. I know this takes strength that a person alone does not possess. I will now be praying for all of you also. If interested, Teen Challenge is an in patient Christian-based program which is available to ages 18-35 yrs old. Please, if you are struggling with this problem, don't give up. Your life is so valuable and when you conquer your addiction and break free, you can become a great source of support for others who have found themselves in this trap. I hope this vision sounds appealing to you because it is attainable. Give it everything you have and grow to hate the drug that imprisons you. I will be praying and remember that you are never alone. God does not sleep..............

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  70. Thanks for sharing with us. I hope your son has had enough of using heroin. I have heard of teen challenge and it seems to be a good program to recover from drug addiction.

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    1. Art, thank you for replying and thank you for this helpful site. My son last used heroin sixteen days ago. He first went to his employer, knowing he would be accountable to get clean. He didn't expect the expensive programs that would be required. His first task was a seven day detox but he signed himself out after three days which really concerned me (I know I have developed ulcers). He signed out because he refused the meds they wanted him to take so he was told they could not keep him. He has shared with me that this is so hard and he has never cried so much. He still can't keep anything down without throwing up, with the exception of bananas. His stomach is a mess but he looks so good. I have never prayed so much and I am sincere when I say that this is the hardest, worst, most terrifying reality I have ever known. I really thought this evil would not get it's hold on any of my children. I asked him if I can attend the family meeting with him this week (second part required)and he said yes, but warned me that it is a form of borring torture. I feel honored to attend and show my support for him. Honestly, for me, it is extremely difficult to not insist on following him everywhere, every second. I have to let him do this.

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  71. how can I help my 30 year old son ..he was a bad heroin addict for years and nearly died ..he decided to get clean and has been clean from drugs for 6 years ..but recently he has started on herion again and has a bad habit forming again ,,I know he had problems like losing his job getting fed up and lonely and being skint etc depressed as he lives alone. ,,I have done everything to help but he has turned back to drugs .What can I do .any help or advise would be welcome I don't wont him to die as his kidneys and liver are in a state from his last addiction.

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  72. Hi I have a son who is a heroin addict, he was given subutex, but takes a low dose so he can still use as well as he says he cannot work otherwise, this keeps his costs down to around £40 a day.
    It is very hard to believe what he says and I think he thinks his excuses are true, like he has to have some weed if he is going to get off the gear, it will help him.
    He tried last week to get off this awful stuff did 2 days and started using again. One of the biggest troubles is the dealers around where I live, why can't they just crawl away and mess up their lives and not others. While there will always be dealers there will be addicts. Anyway he hates who he has become and what he has done, I am begging him to ask for 're-hab and therapy when he sees his drug worker this week. She thinks he just has the odd lapse but uses the subutex mostly, if only! The problem is surely when you have decided to detox and step foot back into the world surely you cannot just take up where you left off? Won't the same routine and people around you, will this not make you want to use again? As you say if nothing changes how will the addicts change. I run a business and my son is a big part of this but he is bleeding it dry, by reading all of the comments, and I have, he will not be fit to work for some time. Then if he comes back will it cause him to want to use again? It is not only a hard decision for an addict to want to stop but it affects all the people and things around them. I may have to loose the business as it will not run without him, but then 5 others will loose their jobs. He will then have nothing to come back to so will end up drifting, and then making bad decisions, he just lunges from one thing to another, never thinking of the consequences. I know he regrets the day he started taking this evil drug but I think he is in denial how bad thing's are. Sorry to go on so but if this helps anyone see both sides and how it effects everyone then it's a start. It's a really tough time for those wanting to kick their habits and is also hard for us to know what is best to do to help them.

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