November 22 2015
“I AM HIS MOTHER” Pg. 24
While, My Son was in the Rehabilitation Facility. I saw him as a Warrior fighting the Demon.
We were texting, late one night. I asked him, “Why do you want to be called a Recovering Addict,”
Here is his answer to me.
I will always be labeled an addict … A recovering addict and I take a lot of pride in that. It means I have been to hell and back and survived. It means I’m willing to do what ever it takes to keep that and never give up. I’m a warrior. Your Warrior! I will never stop fighting. I take a lot of pride in being a “Recovering Drug Addict” .. I love you sweet dreams
For a better understanding of what, My Son was going through. I began to research the recovery process. And how people are educated to have a “clean life”.
My Son’s, mission is to get the person addicted into a Rehabilitation Facility, as quickly as possible. And at the same time, he gives the families valued information about their loved one. They are not left out.
So many are afflicted, they call him from all over the country asking, him for help. The Rehabilitation Facility, that he works for is wonderful. Strong minded people with one desire. To help and Recover as many people as they can. These People CARE!
I began by reading articles about Heroin and the affect that it has on the body. And what it does to the mind.
The truth is that heroin is unfathomably dangerous, and no amount of positive spin can make it anything but a deadly poison. One of the less savory elements of this addiction is heroin withdrawal that always accompanies abuse.
To set the scene, we need to clarify what heroin is, and how it works. Heroin is a type of drug known as a depressant, meaning that it artificially dampens the speed at which the brain sends electrical signals to the rest of the body, hence why users feel pleasantly lethargic after they take a hit.
Heroin is usually found as a white powder that is snorted. It can also be rolled into paper and smoked, or even consumed orally. These methods, however, dilute the effects of the heroin on the mind. Another form of administration is to heat the power and dissolve it into a sludgy, dark brown liquid, which is then injected into a user’s veins. While there is usually a delay between a snort and the high (perhaps as long as 10 minutes), injecting the heroin gives the user that blast of euphoria in a matter of seconds.
Not only does it make this method of abuse more popular, it also creates a much stronger addiction to heroin. Such is the potency of this method that injection is also the most common way that addicts fatally overdose. They are so knocked out by the heroin that their bodies literally forget to breathe, a doctor and addiction psychiatry residency program director tells CNN.
Unsurprisingly, heroin is considered a Schedule I drug in the United States; it has no legitimate medical purpose, it has an extremely high likelihood for developing physical or psychological dependency in its users, and it cannot be used with any degree of safety.
What Are the Effects of Heroin?
Heroin has a number of immediate effects on the body, many of which are not enjoyable:
Runny nose, runny eyes, and dry mouth
Lethargy in the limbs
Reduced breathing and heart rate
Inability to focus or remain lucid
Due to the extreme addictiveness of heroin, users may find that they have to take more and more of the drug as they chase the same sensation they got when they first started. In addition to deepening their dependence on heroin, it also means that trying to get off heroin becomes much more difficult and a lot more dangerous. After continued exposure to the drug, the user’s brain becomes so sensitized and dependent that cutting off the heroin supply will leave the mind and body starved and incapable of functioning normally.
Like most forms of treatment for a substance abuse problem, correcting heroin dependency will start by slowly adjusting the user’s body and mind to a lack of heroin. Since this does mean that the user will be exposed to the symptoms of heroin withdrawal mentioned above, it is imperative that detoxification not be attempted alone or with people who do not have any kind of medical training or credentials. The temptation to relapse while in the throes of muscle spasms, diarrhea, vomiting, or uncontrollable tremors will be too much for an addict to withstand. The danger of overdosing on heroin while in such a susceptible state is too great to risk.
Furthermore, self-detox deprives the patient of receiving anti-anxiety prescription medications to help them through the process. Suboxone is a popular choice of drug for this purpose – as mentioned in the XO Jane blog above, Suboxone is specially designed to counter both the opioid and the withdrawal effects of heroin, while being of a mild enough potency to avoid the risk of causing a brand new addiction.
Alternatively, PsychCentral touts methadone as a common medication for opioid addiction, and it has been a standard avenue of treatment for more than 30 years.
Once the addict makes it through the withdrawal stage (which, as stated, could last for as long as a week), she is ready to begin therapy. Without addressing the mental and emotional reasons why she turned to heroin – whether as an attempt to self-medicate her way out of a stressful situation, whether she did it simply for enjoyment, or if there were other causes – the addict is more prone to relapsing than she would be if she went through a course of psychotherapy.
When the user is physically and mentally ready to start therapy, a trained mental health counselor will talk with her in great detail and depth about the conditions in her life that prompted the heroin use. There may be factors at play that the patient doesn’t even realize exist – past traumas, unacknowledged feelings, or buried desires – that a therapist will carefully and precisely bring to light, to show the patient what fueled her heroin use.
Once these factors are determined, the therapist will help the patient understand how these factors caused the patterns of thought and behavior that led to heroin experimentation and reached the point of addiction. It is only from grasping the relationship between all these points that the patient can begin to unlearn her destructive thoughts and actions.
With this in mind, the therapist can teach the patient any number of coping skills and positive thinking strategies, all with the intention of training the patient to better resist the lure of temptation the next time it presents itself.
Further forms of treatment can include aftercare support (in the form of 12-step programs) or taking up various hobbies and activities, to give the patient a healthier and more productive outlet for her time, energy, and moods.
Heroin is one of the most devastating and debilitating drugs out there. One writer even described it as “the perfect whatever drug” for how easily and insidiously it wraps itself around a user. More than 4.2 million people have tried heroin at least once, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in October 2014, the Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released figures that showed fatalities as a result of heroin overdoses were on the rise in 28 states across the United States.
Heroin doesn’t have to be a death sentence. There are a number of treatment options and plans available to you. Here at Futures of Palm Beach, we can answer your questions about treatment and heroin withdrawal. Please call us today, and let us help you find your way back from heroin abuse.
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It amazed me that we could actually sit down and have a conversation. We no longer fought. My guard was no longer up. He made me feel as though, I was respected. He spoke with a gentler, softer voice. His body was relaxed, there was no nail biting. He spoke to me about how he wanted to make a better life for himself. Goals that he was setting, and how he was going to achieve those goals. I began to see a Man, who was no longer struggling. He was at long last, focused. And I sensed, a feeling from him that he was free from his oppression, Now that G-d has saved him, his life will be full again.
The music was playing in the living room. He stood up and took my hand and began to dance with me. Being in his arms made me breathe a sigh of relief that My Son, was going to be alright. There were many times we had danced as he was growing up. When he was little I used to sing to him.
The song was, Have I told you lately that I love you.
Everyday I thank the Good Lord!
It helped a great deal as, His Mother to learn what ever I could. The years that My Son, had been using had changed him. Now that he is Recovering, he has come back as a strong person with conviction. A purpose to not only help himself, but anyone else who has fallen.
Everyday he is focused on rescuing someone from their “Demon.” There are so many areas in the USA, that do not have appropriate facilities for people with various addiction related problems. They have to be flown into a state that can take care of their needs. This crisis has been forced on us. Parents know longer can sit in silence. Make your voices heard! The steps that all of us go through to get our children back from this hell. Affords us the opportunity to let the people, that run our states regulations to make big changes. Without a change on how drugs come into our country. This problem will never stop. It will be a revolving door of children having a drug problem. And families devastated by the effects of what this disease does to them.
Something that was once, never talked about is now in the news. That is a good thing. But more has to be done.
There are so many Rehabilitation Facilities in Florida. They are making government officials aware of the problem. They are also, getting them involved. I applaud them and I am so grateful for there never ending work.
My Son follows a program of going to Meetings and the 12 Steps to Recovery. As I read the steps I began to cry. Because every step teaches them, that they are,”Worthy of a good life”.
Every step also gives them the opportunity to redeem themselves
from the mistakes that they have made.
Here are the 12 Steps to recovery
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs
These Promises have given, My Son the strength to live a good life.
The promises are from pages 83-84 of the Big Book and cover the promises of what will happen when we diligently work the steps of the 12 step program.
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through . . .
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity.
We will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
He has made us so Proud. I believe that G-D, had a plan for this Man.
To survive this horrific ordeal and facilitate, the best way that he could.
To bring others to their own awakening.