Life with heroin probably isn’t any good anymore. It no longer makes you feel great, but it does take all your money—and destroy your health, sense of well-being and relationships.
Yes, getting off of it would be hard, but let’s take a look at three specific ways your life would change if you did.
Your Life Will Move Forward
This can be taken literally and figuratively. In 2015, 13,000 people died from heroin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people overdose the first time they try heroin; other’s overdose after years of using.
But your growth as a person will also move forward. Free of the burden of heroin, you’ll be able to pursue passions, get your degree, go after that job promotion, fall in love, spend time with your family. You will, in short, be back in the game of life, as opposed to nodding off on the sidelines.
Yes, some of that sucks (there’s no other word.) There are bills and you get the flu and sometimes you’re just bored. But you’re in the game—which means you can make moves and experience all the joys and challenges life has to offer.
People Will Like You More
It shouldn’t be anyone’s goal to make everyone like them. But one of the best things in life is to develop intimate relationships with others. To feel like people really know you, trust you and like you.
When heroin is in the picture, it’s always a person’s first love. Without it, you will be free to make the human connections that add meaning, joy and purpose to any life.
You Will Like Yourself More
In some respects, heroin is like the classic egg-versus-chicken question. What came first: your self-loathing or your heroin use? After a while it can be hard to know.
What is obvious is that, when not under the glow of heroin, you don’t like yourself much. You certainly don’t respect yourself. Maybe, you can’t even believe who you’ve become.
But those feelings are false. You’re being critical of the person heroin has made you. Not of the real person you are. Getting off of heroin will allow you to see all of that clearly—and to like and respect yourself again.
How to Stop Using Heroin
It’s really no wonder that so many people struggle to stop using heroin. You’d think the physical withdrawal would be the hardest part, but that’s not really true. The drug changes your brain in such a way that it becomes very difficult to stop without expert help.
Your heart and soul may be committed to quitting, but your heroin-altered brain just wants to feel better. The quick way to do that is to use. The slow way is to give yourself time—and have a team of experts supporting you until your brain begins producing its own feel-good chemicals again.
It could also be that you’ve been using heroin to numb yourself or to self-medicate. That’s extremely common and should never be ignored. A good rehab will help you work through those issues so that you won’t need heroin anymore.
Heroin Addiction Rehab in Denver
At The Raleigh House, our first goal is to make you feel safe and comfortable and help you detox as comfortably as possible. After that, you’ll be assigned your own master’s level therapist who will guide you on your recovery journey.
In addition to that, you’ll begin to heal your body with chef-prepared meals and nutritional therapy. Activities like yoga, boxing and hiking will help kick-start your endorphins. Meanwhile, you’ll be staying in a clean and cozy setting that feels like home, with staff that treats you like family.