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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Genetics, exposure,: Life experiences (trauma may predispose), etc. Addiction to heroin is a chronic disease that is treatable and can go into remission. Much of the risk for addiction is genetic. When people use the drug, it is very reinforcing and changes the brain so it is extremely difficult to stop. More info at: http://www.Drugabuse.Gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin. ...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
Not in moderation: "everything in moderation" does not apply to drugs or heroin. The brain's rapid reward mechanism triggers a sense of profound (false) euphoria with the use of this drug. Once the effect vanishes, the brain will want more of it and you may go chasing it. Its a drug you should not try, not even once. In fact, most heroin addicts are addicted to heroin because of that "first-time". ...Read more
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