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Heroin Addiction: Overcoming Fear and Asking for Help

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There is life on the other side of heroin—and it can be better than you would ever believe.


Heroin has left your life in shambles and—yet—you’re so scared to let it go.

It actually makes perfect sense. Heroin has taken away your self-worth, your money, your relationships and your growth as a human. The drug is all you have left.

Someone battling heroin once described it as his “wife.” He would never let her go, he said, because she was all he had. She was his everything.

If you look at sobriety as just a loss of heroin, it’s not very tempting. In fact, it’s terrifying. You imagine yourself with nothing.

But that’s not what sobriety is. Not at all.

Sobriety is about giving you back all of the things that heroin took away—and then some. Let’s start with the biggie: You won’t be risking your life every day.

But besides that, you’ll have more energy, self-respect, better relationships, the chance to get your degree or advance in your career. You can learn to play the guitar, volunteer, get a dog, fall in love, write a book, become a yogi, camp in Yellowstone, organize your apartment, go to concerts.

You will get everything back.

But what if life before heroin wasn’t so hot? Then you made a wrong turn, my friend. You turned to heroin when you should have figured out what was wrong with your life and how to fix it.

Seeking help and going to rehab isn’t just about getting off of heroin. It’s a chance to heal your wounds with professional help and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

But What Will People Say?

It’d be great if we could say that everyone will celebrate your decision to get clean and support you, but that’s not exactly true.

In our experience, those people who love you will be overjoyed when you ask for help. They will look back years later and call it the best day of their lives. They will support you in every way they can. There may be bumps along the way—as there are in any close relationship—but mostly things will be good.

Will there be a few people who use knowledge of your addiction to judge you? Maybe.

If you like, have a talk with them or send them an email. If you don’t see any love or understanding coming your way, it may be time to move on. Are they the kind of person you want in your life? Only you can decide.

You may be wondering what happened to the man who was “married” to heroin. He’s been clean for 17 years. He restored his relationships and built a business that he loves. He goes to sporting events and for long walks. He does not miss heroin—not ever—and the strongest thing he takes is probiotics.

He got his life back. You can too.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Near Denver

At The Raleigh House, we take a whole-person approach to recovery. That means we don’t just get the alcohol out of your system. We work with you to help you recover psychologically, mentally, spiritually and socially as well. We also evaluate—and treat—residents for any co-occurring conditions that may exist, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the heroin addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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