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Winning The War Against Heroin Addiction

May 7, 2008
Please do not delude yourself, heroin addiction is rampant, gone are the days when heroin addiction was restricted to the innercity slums, the reality is that heroin addicts can be found in city law offices, in managerial circles at the big end of town, it is everywhere. Every day, thousands across the country are engaged in the battle against heroin addiction. Methadone clinics have sprouted up all over the around the country and are helping a lot providing many with a chance to quit using this dangerous drug, unfortunately, many others still do not have access to this help. Yet others using these clinics replace their addiction to heroin with an addiction to methadone.

Heroin addiction does not discriminate, it can strike anyone; but with the proper attention, it can be overcome. Heroin addiction not only affects the addict but in most cases draws family and friends into the foray as well.

Drug Rehabilitation

The first step in battling heroin addiction is for the addict to admit they have a problem then and only then can affective rehabilitation start. This is a job that must go through professional drug rehabilitation. It is virtually impossible to combat this terrible addiction without professional help.

If you are suffering from heroin addiction, no matter what your financial circumstances are, and you want to beat the habit, enroll yourself into a rehabilitation program as soon as possible. There are many rehabilitation clinics that offer programs for those with little or no finances; state medical programs often cover this type of treatment and you can be assured that the care you will receive is the best.

It is normal for a drug rehabilitation program to last from 30 to 90 days; this really depends on the degree of addiction the patient is suffering from. In normal situations methadone, as a heroin replacement, is administered in decreasing doses, so as to wean your body gradually off of the dependence of the drug.

For some, however, under certain medical circumstances,it may be necessary to go through a complete and rapid detoxification process, in order to get the drug out of your system completely. Obviously every case is different thus there are several schools of thought on which type of detoxification works best; but the fact remains that heroin addiction is a distructive, dangerous and in some cases deadly habit.

Support Is Key To The Rehab Program.

As with any other substance addiction even after you have completed a rehabilitation program, heroin addiction will be a daily battle. It is imperative that you own your addiction, and make the conscious choice to not give into the cravings. It is much easier to do this if you have a healthy support system in place as you go through the program and most definitely before you are released from your rehabilitation program. Family and friends are a great comfort, as long as they were not enabling your addiction prior to rehabilitation; and there are countless support groups available, such as Narcotics Anonymous, where you can find daily support from those who are just like you.

By admitting that you have a heroin addiction you have taken the first most important step along the road to recovery. Now do whatever it takes to fight this deadly drug - your family, your friends, and, most importantly, your very life will be changed for the best as you overcome this heroin addiction.
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