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Why You Shouldn’t Try to Handle Your Heroin Addiction by Yourself

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Handle Your Heroin Addiction by Yourself

No matter how many times you tell yourself that you can quit on your own, getting over a heroin addiction isn’t that easy. Even when you think you’ve quit, you may fall back into substance abuse. If you have an addiction, you have a disease. And the only way to cure that disease is through professional treatment.

All You Need To Know About Heroin Addiction

Made from morphine, heroin is an illegal drug. Just like cocaine and morphine, is one of the top leading opiates and is abused by millions across the country. Just after one use, you can become highly addictive. Heroin can be smoked, snorted and even injected into the bloodstream.

After using heroin regularly, you can develop a tolerance and eventually an addiction. Symptoms of a heroin addiction can be physical, mental and behavioral. Listed below are the symptoms to be aware of:

  • Restless sleeping and aching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety and hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive sweating or cold sweats

Why You May Relapse From a Heroin Addiction

Based on the National Institute on Drug Abuse, it is very likely to relapse from a drug addiction. Why? Because in order for a successful recovery, the addiction needs to be treated and continuously managed. Heroin is a disease of the brain and once it is a part of someone’s life, thinking logically and making good decisions becomes more difficult.

How Effective is A Professional Treatment for a Heroin Addiction

Handling a heroin addiction on your own will increase your chances of relapse. But if you do relapse, just know that it doesn’t mean you have failed, it just means that it is time to seek professional help. Find a treatment that works best for you and let the professionals do what they were trained to do. Medical facilities know how to handle withdrawal symptoms and make sure that your road to recovery is as comfortable as possible.

Brooks V.
Brooks V.
Brooks has been a freelance journalist for the better part of two decades, as well as spending a decade as a crisis intervention counselor. Through his own work and researching the work of others throughout the many facets of the detox, crisis intervention, and mental health worlds he has been able to tell the stories of those worlds in an effort to help addicts and those with mental illnesses understand and navigate them.