Ex has been a heroin addict for 7-8 years. He is functioning to others but not to me, since I experienced all the side effects of his addiction. We still see each other, mainly because we love each other and I want to help him. His friends also take drugs (not H). I don' t know how to deal with this or what to do. Can a person, or love overcome heroin?
Dear Tracy, he can but it will be up to him, sadly, you can't do it for him. I would urge him to look into a medication called subutex, it is better than suboxone for h users. He will need to to the addiction counseling that goes along with subutex therapy, but he may tell you he doesn't want the expense or hassle of either the subutex or the counseling, and if he has had this problem for this long, he is going to have to do both and make some major changes in where he hangs out and with whom. If you will go to YouTube.com and look up SuboxDoc, he has an excellent easy to understand 2 part video on how suboxone works in the brain. It is the sister med to subutex, it has 2 blockers in it, with methadone patients and H patients, subutex is usually the better med as it doesn't have the second blocker med in it. Also look up Maple2609 on Youtube and see what this young man has to say about how it saved his life. Hope this helps. Patti
Hi tracy. My mother has been an addict for about 27 years. She has quit many times, been to counseling, taking many medications and has failed. Suboxine has helped but has not fully worked. This is the first time I've been on any site for advice myself. I know she does want to stop but as an addict it has taken over. I believe that the urges will mostly win. I wish that love could help as I believe that her time is short. Growing up we kept our distance but now, at the age of 30 I want my one year old son to have what time he can with her. It is heartbreaking to watch and not be able to do anything. I can write forever about our relationship and how I have asked for her to tell the truth because then at least I would know what to tell the doctors if something did happen. What I do know from all these years is that the choice may not always be that easy. Keep your head up, love him and let him know that. I pray that he has the strength to see that there is someone waiting to support him when he is ready. But do not be afraid if you have to walk away, it distroyed my father having to wait.
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