Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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You’ve done it. You’ve taken the first step towards getting clean by seeing a doctor and going on a heroin detox treatment plan. However, that doesn’t mean all of the danger is out of your path. As you begin to suffer withdrawal symptoms like agitation, anxiety, cramping, and nausea, you may be tempted get high in order to make the pain go away.
When you feel this way, don’t give in. There are plenty of reasons to keep going on your treatment instead of going back to drugs.
If you need even more help during your heroin detox treatment, we are here to help. Our knowledgeable experts can talk with you about easier treatment options, tips for overcoming withdrawal, or just offer comforting guidance.
Consider Your Family and Friends
If you’re feeling alone, just look to your family and friends for support during this rough time. Chances are, they will be thrilled you are finally getting the help you need. Even if they’ve been distant because of their frustrations with your drug use, once they see that you’re in recovery, they’ll do everything they can to help.
On the flip side, if you give up on your treatment now, you’ll just reignite their disappointment and frustration. You might lose their support for good. These people love and care for you, so don’t hurt their feelings by choosing drugs over them.
Join a Support Group
If you need even more support, consider seeking help from a support group. These groups are filled with like-minded individuals who know the pain and suffering you are going through. Sometimes, just having someone that understands your situation can go a long way in feeling better.
Prepare for the Withdrawal Symptoms
Knowing what to expect when you start detoxing makes it much easier to mentally prepare. Research all of the withdrawal symptoms you might experience, and talk with your doctor about medications that might help to subdue them.
If you are a candidate, your doctor might give you a prescription for certain drugs to help make the process easier. Drugs like Methadone, Buprenorphine, or Naltrexone are all great choices for slowly weaning yourself off heroin because they help to dampen the withdrawal effects of the drug.
Think About the Statistics
While you might think it’s not so bad to go back to heroin, think again. The average death rates for those overdosing on heroin have quadrupled in the past 15 years. In Massachusetts alone, 1,256 people died in 2013 due to overdosing on heroine. If you relapse now, there’s a good chance that you might become one of these statistics.
To avoid going back, try to avoid stress and other things that remind you of doing drugs.
Cut Out Bad Influences
During the time you did drugs, you probably built up a certain network of friends. While it might pain you to say goodbye to them, it is essential to do so. Hanging out with the people you did heroin with will remind you of how good it felt to do heroin. It’s just temptation waiting to happen.
If these people are still doing heroin, it will make it too easy for you to get your hands on it again. Some of these people may even try to persuade you to just take one hit to make themselves feel better about still being addicted. Don’t give in.
In the end, the most important aspect to consider is your own future. Do you want to have a healthy and successful life with meaningful relationships and connections? If so, cutting out heroin is the only way.