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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Heroin Addiction (Overview)

Heroin (diamorphine) is an opiate that is often abused for recreation. A heroin addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need for this habit-forming substance.


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What can I do to help a colleague with a heroin addiction ?

What can I do to help a colleague with a heroin addiction ?

Avoid codependency: While it is important to support a person with an addition, you also want to make sure you don't facilitate or enable their addictive behavior. One of the best things you can do is become more educated about addiction and addictive behavior, then you will be able to avoid things that enable the addiction. Consider going to a support group like alanon to learn more. Also read about codependency. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Heroin Addiction (Overview)

Heroin (diamorphine) is an opiate that is often abused for recreation. A heroin addiction is a compulsive physical or psychological need for this habit-forming substance.


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How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
every other day
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
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12 step program support
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What are the major symptoms of heroin addiction?

What are the major symptoms of heroin addiction?

Step One of NA: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. For more information, you might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or visit their web site at na.Org. ...Read more

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What are the tests for heroin addiction?

What are the tests for heroin addiction?

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. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

Mix Many Approaches: Consider medications to block cravings (discuss options with ur doc). Develop and strengthen functional rituals to replace dysfunctional rituals of addiction. Strengthen your social network. Consider joining a 12-step program (na) and try to establish a home meeting and sponsor as early as possible. If you relapse, don't give up - discuss with your sponsor, learn and try again, and again and again. ...Read more

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How long to cure heroin addiction?

How long to cure heroin addiction?

Time to cure addicti: Depends on your motivation, resources, and support system. Addiction is a chronic disease. The treatment is behavior modification, which is life long, life style , change. ...Read more

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How long to cure heroin addiction?

Time to cure addicti: Depends on your motivation, resources, and support system. Addiction is a chronic disease. The treatment is behavior modification, which is life long, life style , change. ...Read more

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What are the tests for heroin addiction?

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. ...Read more

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Where can I get help with heroin addiction?

Where can I get help with heroin addiction?

VARIETY OF PLACES: First off great if you are finally getting help. There may be an inpatient facility where you can begin the detox process or a clinic. There may be a doctor in your area that does suboxone treatment and you can locate this on suboxone.Com then you will want some support like narcotics anonymous or some other group. Good luck and hang in there. The treatments really do work. ...Read more

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How do I stay sober with my heroin addiction?

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. ...Read more

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What problems can occur from heroin addiction?

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. ...Read more

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Very important question about heroin addiction?

Very important question about heroin addiction?

What's the question?: Could you please tell us what your question is? ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of heroin addiction?

Step One of NA: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. For more information, you might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or visit their web site at na.Org. ...Read more

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What does heroin addiction do to a person’s life?

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. ...Read more

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Heroin addiction is destroying my life, what to do?

Heroin addiction is destroying my life, what to do?

HELP: Admit to yourself that you are powerless against heroin, and that you need help. This means detox, rehab, and totally redefining your life, and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. This also involves the terror of facing life head on, on life's terms, without heroin. And by the way, the reason you attend meetings is not to keep yourself sober; it's to help the guy/gal next to you to remain sober. ...Read more

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What can I take to fight heroin addiction withdraws?

Complicated: You will have difficulty to stop addiction alone, care of addiction psychiatrist most likely required. First step is to find social support from family and friends, second sign up with a treatment program, third is to start regular exercise, increase your work load. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more