The 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 3.7 million people in the U.S. have used heroin in their lives. These numbers have fluctuated over the years, as more teens are becoming properly educated on the dangers of drug use, but many are still curious enough to try heroin.
As with many drugs, it’s impossible to know whether a person will become severely addicted to heroin after just one use, or if the person will be able to stop using it after a few injections. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world, and should be avoided to eliminate the risk of dependence. Getting off the drug does take willpower, but there are other factors that will result in a successful recovery as well.
A detox program is necessary as soon as the addict makes the definitive decision to stop using heroin. These programs usually last for about 30 days, and will aggressively remove any remaining heroin from the body. Immediately after detoxing, the addict should head to a facility for long-term treatment. This should happen directly after the detox program is over—the first day of long-term treatment should be on the last day of detox.
According to the Stop Heroin.net website, it’s very important for the addict to adopt a new mindset about life. The addict must choose not to spend time with anyone else who uses drugs, and retain a determination not to go back to any of the place where drugs were sold to them. Finding new, positive and productive things to occupy time is a must when overcoming a heroin addiction. It’s also important for the addict to be prepared for their former “friends” and drug dealers to tempt them. The individual recovering from drugs has to develop a game plan to be able to say “no” each time they are presented with drugs in order to stay sober for good.