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Heroin Addicts And Sugar Craving
Many ways: Get support. Aa or na meetings, or other non 12-step meetings (smart recovery, lifering secular recovery) may be available in your area. Go to meetings, talk about feelings, get advice and support. Counseling programs, both group and individual, can also help you learn to cope. Exercise, meditation, yoga and other activities also help. If severe, consider Methadone or Buprenorphine program. ...Read more
A combination of: Medical and social support. The physical withdrawal and cravings can be very intense, and medical detoxification is strongly recommended. This needs to be together with psychosocial treatment - counseling, psychological and emotional support from peers and professionals. A blocking agent (naltrexone, vivitrol) is available, and for many people, a period of maintenance with buprenorphine/methadone. ...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
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