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how do i know if i am slowly slipping into heroin use/addiction?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Heroin use: If you are already using heroin, you have already slipped.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What does heroin addiction do to a persons life?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Shortens It: Heroine addiction makes it more likely that an individual contract HIV & hepatitis c. It also makes one less likely to engage in regular health maintenance. It often decreases quality of life by eroding relationships & makes it more likely for people to engage in illegal activities to maintain their habit.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What problems can occur from heroin addiction?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Lots: Instant death from od, loss of family, friends. Legal problems, risky behavior to support habit. Loss of values. Incomprehensible demoralization. Hiv, hepatitis. No sex drive. Homelessness. Basically complete loss of mind, body and spirit. But no matter how bad it has gotten there is always hope and recovery and a new life if you are willing to work for it and ask for help.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do I stay sober with my heroin addiction?

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Mutual support helps: If you are concerned about maintaining, you might want to consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous. Find a meeting at their web site: http://www.Na.Org/ next step is to find a sponsor.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for heroin addiction?

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Dr. Mark Shukhman
Addiction Medicine 31 years experience
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental., etc etc. Also, by the way, you have withdrawals from not using it. Withdrawals can be classical, or just insomnia, anxiety, etc. If you feel better after doing heroin - you are also addicted.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is kissing someone with heroin addiction dangerous?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Could lead to danger: Heroin users are at risk for contracting hiv, hepatitis c & other infectious diseases, through sharing/reuse of syringes and injection paraphernalia used by infected individuals -- or through unprotected sex with an infected person. These diseases are transmitted via infected blood. Blood in the mouth, could possibly transmit the virus. Kissing could lead to unprotected sex, risking hiv.

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