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Doctor insights on: Average Age Of Death For Heroin Addicts

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What causes death in a heroin overdose?

What causes death in a heroin overdose?

Two ways: Suppression of the drive to breathe is the more familiar. For reasons we do not understand, pulmonary edema may come on very rapidly and kill the person with a sudden eruption of foam from the mouth and suffocation. Neither is painful, but i hope that neither is something that you want. Good luck, and if you have lost someone, you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

Two ways at least: I wish i had not seen this so often as a pathologist. Breathing may simply stop as a result of the drug. Or for some reason that we've not been able to figure out, the air spaces of the lungs suddenly fill with fluid. Foam gushes from the mouth and the user dies. I give families the comfort that witnesses to this event say it seems that the person does not suffer -- but who knows for sure? ...Read more

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What to do if my sister is a heroin addict?

What to do if my sister is a heroin addict?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can;can't do. ...Read more

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How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

How can you help a heroin addict to recover?

You can't- sort of: What I mean is you can HELP, but they don't recover until THEY want to. What most of us do when a friend, relative or loved one has addiction (or obesity, or smoking or whatever) is nag them, and that ends up doing more harm than good. What we need to do is 1) stop enabling their addiction if we are doing that and 2) tell me we love them (or like them) and we want the best for them. Attend Alanon ...Read more

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How much heroin is needed to create an addict?

How much heroin is needed to create an addict?

Any amount: The obsession with use, and the compulsion to use can operate at any amount of the drug. ...Read more

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Does anyone ever become a heroin addict by choice?

Does anyone ever become a heroin addict by choice?

Unlikely: I don't think people wake up and think, "i'm going to become a heroin addict today". People become heroin addicts because they like the way they feel on heroin, they have a genetic predisposition toward opiate addiction, and usually (but not always) they are not coping well with the problems in their lives. Some may be depressed and self destructive to boot, but no one asks for addiction. ...Read more

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What would happen if a heroin addict was locked up without any heroin?

What would happen if a heroin addict was locked up without any heroin?

Heroin: This is real life. There are many instances wherein a person in prison has no access to the abused product. Well you just go through a wicked withdrawal. ...Read more

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Im a heroin addict and recently started wetting the bed. What is this a early sign of?

Im a heroin addict and recently started wetting the bed. What is this a early sign of?

It ain't early: You have a disease-addiction! i suspect that this is chronic in your case. So why the bladder problems? If you're female, loss of normal neurological inhibition due to your drug abuse leads to relaxation of bladder muscles with the expected results. Failure to heed the warning signs of body function deterioration shows denial, ignorance or lack logical thought. Have you hit bottom yet? Probably no. ...Read more

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My fiance is a heroin addict. I understand enabling but not codependency. Can some one please explain codepdency?

My fiance is a heroin addict. I understand enabling but not codependency. Can some one please explain codepdency?

Related but differnt: Enabling is doing things that allow the person to continue their addictive behavior. It is part of what is referred to as codependency. A working definition of codependency is that any time you are doing something, thinking something, feeling something, valuing something based more on what is going on with the addict than on what is true or right for you, that is codependency. ...Read more

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My fiance is a heroin addict. I've been told i'm probably codependent. I understand enabling but what is codependency?

My fiance is a heroin addict. I've been told i'm probably codependent.  I understand enabling but what is codependency?

Co-dependency: Stanford health library links to this site for co-dependency: http://www.Mentalhealthamerica.Net/go/codependency. Also check out http://www.Webmd.Com/sex-relationships/features/signs-of-a-codependent-relationship. I think of enabling as what you do while codependency is what you receive emotionally as a result of enabling behavior. ...Read more

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How do I tell my husband that I am a heroin addict? I don't even know where to start and i'm terrified of his response.

How do I tell my husband that I am a heroin addict? I don't even know where to start and i'm terrified of his response.

Detox and Rehab: My first guess would be that this should be done with a drug counselor or someone who is there to help you detox. Please do not let this fear keep you from getting the help you need. Addiction is a disease and your disease will lead you to death. There is help. There is a way out. And, it starts with surrender and honesty. ...Read more

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Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Does methadone really work for heroin addicts?

Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can methadone help heroin addicts?

In many ways: Opiate addicts mostly use very short-acting drugs like heroin or oxycodone, which they have to dose 4-6 times a day, and their bodies and brains (and minds) are constantly cycling between high-normal-low, with very destructive effects on neurotransmitters in the brain. Methadone (or suboxone) is long acting, can be taken once daily, and stops this vicious cycle. For some its shortterm, others long. ...Read more

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Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Would giving a former heroin addict morphine cause them to relapse?

Relspse : Since morphine is derived from the same plant possible. However I wouldn't withhold in an acute pain situation such as surgery ...Read more

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Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Could someone get hepatitis by sitting on the toilet after a heroin addict?

Sitting : I have asked this question to myself many times, in my younger days. so I started asking my med school friends. we all deliberated and The answer is NO. Within 10 seconds or so, Nature takes care of the bug. Such bugs don't survive for more than few seconds or many more of us will be sick. From common cold on words. Opening doors, left behind by a person with Flu.. ...Read more

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Suboxon isnt working anymore im a heroin addict . I need so much subs an still feel withdrawls?

Suboxon isnt working anymore im a heroin addict . I need so much subs an still feel withdrawls?

Unfortunately: Suboxone only works about 40%of the time. Cconsider Methadone or (dare i say it) abstinence. Naltrexone during abstinence will reduce craving and improve sense of well being. ...Read more

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If someone who is a heroin addict throws up everyday, sometimes more then once, is it more then likely the heroin? Or could it be something else?

If someone who is a heroin addict throws up everyday, sometimes more then once, is it more then likely the heroin? Or could it be something else?

Either: Vomiting is a common symptom of heroin withdrawal. Heroin is very short acting and highly addictive. Your body starts to need it and the more you use the more your body needs. Within a few hours most of the heroin leaves your body causing withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, and "the shakes." vomiting can also be due to many other illnesses. ...Read more

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What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

What do doctors give former heroin addicts for pain relief?

Individualized: Treatment of pain in former heroin addicts should be individualized, based on the specifics of the presentation. It may be a difficult situation to deal with and require collaboration with a pain management and addiction medicine specialists. ...Read more

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