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Average Age Of Death For Heroin Addicts
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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