Best way to explain heroin addiction to non-addicts and family?

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The best books I have ever read on this are “Flowers in the Blood” and “The Scorpion’s Tail.”  The first is a intensely researched, well-written (even funny, often) history of the use of opium and opiates throughout all history, including scientific studies, and the reafons people relapse both through personal accounts and scientific research, and stories of famous addicts and what they wrote about the attraction of addiction.  The second is apersonal memoir of addictiom and recovery and it’s the best I’ve read.  Also, “Drustore Cowboy” a movie with Matt Dillon that’s based on a real-life memoir the author wrote in prison, is one of the best depictions of the reasons addiction is attractive even when it’s wreckimg your life….

No no I’m not the addict in question… I was trying to help someone else…

on July 29, 2017.

Tjooo

on September 29, 2017.

Im a recovery heroin addict and I struggled like hell with trying to get my loved ones to understand. One day I thought everyone has their poison, mine being heroin, my mom’s being diet coke, Halie’s was being active, etc
One isn’t no different then the other. I believe diet could take over mom’s life just like heroin did mine

on October 5, 2017.

Herion hijacks the person they are in. It comes to a point where you are no longer dealing with “Jack/Salley”. You’re dealing with they’re altered mind which has been hijacked.

on October 27, 2017.

Heroin is a hard drive to get off of but once they try it’s like a disease. It means something is not going right in there life and getting high is their escape. You need to tell them to do as much as they can hobby worse, talk to them, listen to them, do not give in and give them money, make them realise how beautiful they are

on December 23, 2017.

Do everything you can do to get that person in a clinic at all cost and #1 never ever ever loan money give money or do something what delivers him cash

on April 1, 2018.

Heroine addiction is like your lover you get so attached that it’s like she/he envelopes your body and you can’t leave her. When you try and leave her she gets angry so angry she tries to kill you.

The withdraws are like trying to fight another person who will not let you go. The drug calls your name. You have to be strong to let it go. If you don’t fight this drug just like a abusive partner will eventually kill you.

Im not on heroine nor have ever been on heroine but I do know people who have been addicted and watched them beat this horrible addiction and he went cold turkey off methadone. So you really have to fight and retrain your mind.

6 days ago.
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Trying to explain heroin addiction to someone who never tried it is almost impossible. I know for me the first time I shot heroin, it was like this missing piece of me that I didn’t even know was gone had been returned. It over time becomes your girlfriend, your wife, your mistress and your family, because as long as you have her you don’t need the others. The last way I have tried to explain to my family is that when I get out slam heroin everything is just ok. Your not happy, sad, mad, stressed etc., All of your emotions seemed to have been muted/dulled and your floating through life.

Answered on August 19, 2017.

True statement

on February 20, 2018.
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Addiction is similar to a habit.

Think of something pleasant you could do every day for 6 months, then for 3 years. Think of that familiar, warm, feeling you would get everytime before, during, and after that something.
Now shrink that timeline and multiply it by 10. It’s that you-can’t-get-enough taste.

One bit of whatever the addiction is, is like that warm feeling you got every day for 6 months, then for 3 years, multiplied by 10 all wrapped up into one .
On top of that, that feeling you would get everyday, before doing that something is like missing the regular dose; you feel something’s missing or you get a sickly feeling that you are deprived of an essential life force.

Answered on July 28, 2017.
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👍

Answered on July 27, 2017.

Hi

on November 7, 2017.

helli

on January 6, 2018.

HOW TO EARN HERE ?

on January 6, 2018.
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you should tell the family first regarding the symptoms of heroin addiction

Answered on July 27, 2017.

Sadly, this is not always true…

on September 8, 2017.
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Being addicted to drugs is like working extra hard for nothing but stress pain

Answered on July 28, 2017.

Hi

on November 21, 2017.
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Complicado

Answered on July 28, 2017.

👈👌

on March 28, 2018.
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Come out clean , they’ll help you.

Answered on July 29, 2017.

Come

on March 28, 2018.
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I’m sorry there’s been a misunderstanding…the addict in question is not myself (not in over 15 years at any rate)… I actually was trying to answer a question of someone else’s and somehow it got posted as my own…some good answers thoughand your concern is very heartening!

Answered on July 29, 2017.

Well anser a good one

on December 22, 2017.

🙂

on March 28, 2018.
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Rough

Answered on July 29, 2017.
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While some people compare the use of heroin to a euphoric experience, it is not like that at all. It is more like being a four year old in the winter. You curl up in your mom’s lap in front of the fire. You feel safe, comfortable, and like nothing in the world can ever harm you. As your body cycles in and out of intoxication, and it slowly fading away, the feeling of warmth and safety envelops you again.

for people who suffered abuse during childhood, or were neglected, this is a sensation they never experienced. they become addicted to it. if you have never felt safe in your life, it becomes easy to accept a false sense of security.

Answered on August 2, 2017.
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