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What To Expect From Recovering Heroin Addicts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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