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Doctor insights on: Can You Ever Resume A Normal Life After Being Addicted To Heroin

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Can you ever resume a normal life after being addicted to heroin?

Can you ever resume a normal life after being addicted to heroin?

Not exactly: You most likely have to resume a different life. But quite possibly a better life. There is lots of help to do this. 12 step meetings, counseling. What is normal anyway. Depends on who you ask. Is wanting more money normal, or needing to always be right normal, not for everybody. ...Read more

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What happens to a heroin addicted baby in the first year of life?

What happens to a heroin addicted baby in the first year of life?

Heroin: They will exhibit all the withdrawal signs but this usually in the first few days , once they get over this all should be good. ...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?

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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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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I was prescribed hydrocodone but i'm afraid of getting addicted. Is hydrocodone as addictive/strong as heroin?

Addiction: Heroin is the most addictive opiate. Heroin was used for pain management, but it's addictive property led scientists to make hydrocodone. It is unlikely for a patient to be an addict with acute treatment. ...Read more

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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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Don't know why i keep trying, is there no hope for somebody addicted to crystal meth and heroin at age 18?

Don't know why i keep trying, is there no hope for somebody addicted to crystal meth and heroin at age 18?

Yes there is hope: Most people struggling with addiction have 9 or more quit attempts before having a period of sustained sobriety. Don't give up. Be honest with your illness and with your doctors, be open minded to treatment, and be willing to try. There is help out there for those who are motivated for it. Try na or aa if you haven't already. ...Read more