psychedelic-therapyAs a former heroin addict who not only had to begin recovery alone in a prison cell, but I also tried to quit many times previously using other legal drugs, I can say unequivocally that such methods are almost always short lived.
If we rewind 50 years to the beginning of the drug revolution in America, we’ll find that back then the only treatment was substituting methadone for heroin. This being a drug that is even harder to kick than heroin! Addicts were given their daily doses at the methadone clinics, but after some time they could often take enough home for several days, even for a week for some.
What almost always happened was that addicts would then sell their methadone and buy heroin. Why you may wonder would we do that? Because we still have the addictiv’re going through)e mind-set, the voice inside that says go on, get high, you know you want that feeling., the one that only smack, cheese, sam shmeeze, horse, white gold meaning HEROIN can provide. You remember the warmth of the rush, the illusion of wellbeing and the nod, but the reality is that one day you awaken to a tsunami of destruction in its wake.
Today there are other drugs, as well, used for detox from morphine and heroin that are still in the same family of opiates. Buprenorphine (Subutex), which is also mixed with naloxone to make a drug called Suboxone is also highly addictive. The problem with both methadone and buprenorphine is you’ve substituted your heroin addiction for another opioid addiction. Sure, they help the withdrawal symptoms big time, but you leave the detox clinic with another addiction that you now have to break on your own.
Antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs (tranquilizers/benzodiazepines) are also prescribed like Paxil (now scientists are saying it’s not as safe as they once thought, having had many suicides of persons taking it, especially teens), Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and Ativan, as well as many less common drugs.
When actually going through the worst first 3-5 days of withdrawal symptoms it can definitely be helpful to have some kind of tranquilizer administered, but after that recovery should begin and continuing with a different drug for an extended period of time seems to end in relapse for most heroin or other opiate drug addicts. It’s not any different for those addicted to cocaine, prescription drugs (many are more powerful than heroin, believe it or not) or alcohol. Substituting a different drug is not a cure. We only cheat ourselves out of a real chance of being reborn as a new person with new insights, strengths and goals that can create a life we are proud to call our own!
So what’s the alternative? You have to change how you think. That means how you react to outside stimuli that previously caused you fear or anxiety, and a new realization of what it means to be ME. There are two ways to give up the life of a heroin or other drug addict. The first is using substitute drugs, which still keeps you hanging in the balance, weak and fearful, unable to feel truly free from the consciousness of being an addict. You still feel that I need this to get by.
The other way is to detox (using some non-opiate drugs to help the humungous stress you’re going through, if necessary), but then to start using proactive means to start a new life. What are some of those proactive methods to free yourself from heroin or other substance addictions? That will be the subject of another blog, so stay tuned!

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