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Heroin Addiction Stories

When heroin addiction becomes a factor in someone’s life, everything can change radically.  For one thing, life becomes a never ending cycle of feeding the unbearable cravings produced by addiction to this drug.  As heroin takes center stage, career, home life and significant relationships with family and friends who are not involved in the drug abuse lifestyle tend to recede into the background. The new experiences such as loss of income, homelessness, problems with the law, illness and the constant threat of a drug overdose are the stuff heroin addiction stories are made of.  

In fact, heroin is such a lethal drug that the experiences of some who become addicted to it end up being told by those they leave behind.  Such is the case in “Picking up the Pieces” a story about Sarah Morgan, whose heroin addiction ended in tragedy.  

Sarah’s story, paired with her surviving sibling experience of it and narrated by her, has become a beacon of hope for many.   Thanks to treatment breakthroughs and cautionary tales like Sarah’s about the potential destructiveness of abusing this drug, stories about recovering from heroin addiction is becoming more commonplace. The path to recovery is often pitted with surreal moments and everyone’s experience is different in some way.  For most addicts, the worst part of the recovery process is heading into the rehab facility and graduation day.  

Entering rehab for many people struggling with heroin addiction can feel overwhelming.  Mostly, that is because they do not know what to expect.  For Nicole, the reception she received when she first arrived at the rehab facility confirmed that she had made the right decision.  According to Nicole “I was extremely nervous about going so far away from home, but as soon as I walked through the front door I was greeted with smiles, hugs and I am so glad your here.” At the end, Nicole was able to achieve her recovery goal and saw the treatment process as a positive experience. On the other hand, the apprehension about reengaging with home and community life after being in rehab can be just as daunting.  Fears about leaving rehab to deal with life as a recovering heroin addict can be tempered with participation in relapse prevention education and training as well as a good aftercare plan.  Returning home may also necessitate changes that will ultimately diminish the potential for relapse in the future such as:

  1. Avoiding people, places and things that trigger a desire to use heroin. For some people, this may mean making a drastic change such as separating from family and friends that encourage drug use or moving away from the old neighborhoods with multiple drug use memory triggers.  Studies also show people are at greater risk of a relapse if they return to homes or communities where they experience frequent exposure to drugs and drug use patterns of behavior.
  2. Being consistent about aftercare. Without the structure of the rehab staff means being proactive about keeping appointments with therapists, sober coaches and attending support group meetings.
  3. Focusing on mental health maintenance by incorporating stress relief routines such as exercise, meditation or yoga or others into everyday life.  
  4. Finding ways to share your story with others help to reinforce the reasons why you sought treatment in the first place.  Plus, it could make a major difference in the life of someone who is still struggling with addiction.
  5. Paying attention to the onset of a drug relapse.  Being aware of the stage and signs of a relapse can go a long way in preventing one from occurring.   

Overcoming heroin addiction can be fraught with many ups and downs. With treatment and support however, many have proven that it is possible and sobriety is sustainable.

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