Addiction is a disease but the behaviors of using heroin, opiates and/or other drugs can be stopped. It may be extremely difficult, but heroin addiction can be treated and addiction can be put to sleep. There are a multitude of reasons why quitting heroin is a good idea. Plain and simple. Below, we’ve listed the top 10 reasons why quitting heroin and choosing recovery can not only save your life but make it a hundred times better.
10 Reasons to Quit Heroin and Choose Recovery:
1. Heroin Kills:
Every time heroin is used whether it’s injected, snorted or smoked, you put your life in jeopardy. Nobody thinks anything bad will happen to them, but nobody is immortal and heroin is looking to take your life.
2. Using Heroin Could Trigger Addiction:
Nobody knows they suffer from addiction until they engage in an activity or a substance that triggers addiction. Heroin is a powerful, mind altering drug and if you have a genetic predisposition to addiction, a chemical reaction will take place in the brain (similar to falling in love) even the first time heroin is used and as a result, breaking the connection will be very difficult and seem downright impossible.
3. Say Goodbye to Your Hard Earned Cash
Most people can’t and don’t use heroin only once. And while it may seem inexpensive at first, as tolerance grows and you continue to chase the “high” or feeling of elation that accompanies heroin use, spending upwards of $100 or even $200 per day becomes the norm. That’s between $700 and $1400 a week and $2800 to $5600 a month. Most people in this day and age don’t even make that kind of money let alone spend it on heroin. Eliminating heroin from your life and choosing recovery will save you a lot of hard earned cash.
4. Heroin Produces Risks of Overdose and Brain Damage
Not everyone who overdoses dies, although that’s one of the worst things that can happen. But imagine going brain dead and having to spend the rest of your life speechless or in a coma because your body may have survived but your mind did not. Imagine your family being responsible for whether or not they should pull the plug on your life because you have been in a coma for months without any signs that you will come to? Each time heroin is used, the risk of an overdose, brain damage and death exists. Nobody thinks it will happen to them…until it does. Recovery eliminates these risks and allows you to start fresh.
5. Recovery Promotes Freedom
In the beginning, using heroin may appear to promote freedom because for a little while, it will provide you with an escape from a difficult reality and a warm feeling of euphoria that’s like nothing else. But after only a little while, heroin becomes the medication you crave, “need” and desire to keep yourself from being deathly sick from withdrawal. Heroin sold you a lie and slowly cuffed you to its deadly poison.
6. Heroin Addiction Destroys Families and Friendships
Close family members and friends will most likely be forced to abandon you, not because they want to but because they have to. Those addicted to heroin make heroin the only worthwhile entity in their life and will even lie, cheat, manipulate and steal from their family and friends to make sure they have enough of it. Recovery provides opportunity and chances to rebuild broken relationships. See the “Family and Friends of Heroin Addicts Discussion Forum” to see what family and friends of addicts are saying. Feel free to post your own topic as well.
7. Heroin Results in Loss, Loss and More Loss!
Heroin isn’t happy until it robs you of everything you hold dear to your heart. This includes the tangible (the touchable) and the intangible (those values and attributes you hold dear). Heroin can rob you of your home, your job, your beauty, your health your family, your friends, your money, your possessions, your character, your integrity, your essence, your hope, your dreams, your relationships, your love, your happiness, your joy and quite possibly your life. Heroin lures you in like a gold-digging lover who lies, manipulates and steals from you until you are left with nothing and ready for death. And heroin delivers on that too. Learn more about the Dangers of Heroin Addiction.
8. Heroin Becomes Your Whole Life
Anything you were previously interested in and/or spend time doing is stripped away from you. Heroin demands all your attention and you willingly provide it all in the name of chasing that “high” that you barely feel anymore because you’re tolerance is so high that you only really take heroin anymore to stay “well” and prevent withdrawal. Meanwhile, this heroin “medication” you think is keeping you well is literally rotting your body, mind and soul from the inside out. It consumes you…it takes you in and spits you out. Choosing recovery slowly reverses the cycle and allows you to get your life back.
9. Heroin Makes You Sick
The acute or initial stages of heroin withdrawal can last up to a week but it’s typically at its worst between 24 and 72 hours. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome can last up to 2 years and comes and goes in bursts. Those who choose recovery will have to go through this although medicine assisted treatment such as Methadone, Suboxone and Naltrexone (Vivitrol and ReVia) can aid in reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Recovery allows you to break the connection and while you may go through some withdrawal, it’s worth it to get your life and your freedom back!
10. Recovery Gives You a Second Chance
Recovery provides you with a second chance and allows you to reinvent yourself. Did living a passionless existence or traumatic memories lead you to using heroin, opiates and/or other drugs in the first place? Recovery gives you a chance to make a new life, one that you actually enjoy. Spend your time with positive, constructive people who will build you up rather than drag you down. Engage in healthy activities you enjoy and follow your dreams to get the job/career you want. Not everything is within our control and we need to learn to accept that. But who we are, how we behave and what we do are within our grasp. We get to be in the drivers seat.
The list of reasons to quit heroin and choose recovery can go on and on. But the reasons above are some of the main ones to consider.
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