Joe’s Recovery from Heroin Addiction

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The first drug J.P. from Baton Rouge ever used was heroin. He was twelve years old. Running with an older crowd, he did what they did and what they were doing was heroin.

From that point, there were few drugs he didn’t use. Marijuana, more heroin, alcohol, pain pills, methamphetamine. It seemed like he didn’t become as addicted as easily as others around him. In fact, it was years before he became thoroughly addicted.

Once he began messing with pain pills, his use got more frequent and he finally entered the zone of addiction. He couldn’t stop taking them without going into withdrawal, so to function in daily life, he had to keep using them.

Then a friend told him about methadone. The friend said, “It’s still a bad addiction but it will save you some money. You won’t be chasing those drugs every day.”

It was the easiest drug ever, he could go get his methadone and get high without obtaining illicit drugs. But then eventually he wasn’t getting high anymore. He was just maintaining.

J.P. said that during his years on methadone, his health diminished, his confidence that he could be who he wanted to be diminished, and his self-respect diminished. But he was not aware of the loss because he was so numb to the effects of methadone.

He could not go on vacation. Anywhere he couldn’t go in a day and get back home, he couldn’t go because he was tied to the methadone clinic.

J.P. never went to a rehab all his years on opiates and other drugs so he never went through withdrawal until he went to the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. There, he found that nutritional supplements and gentle physical techniques of various kinds were used to help ease a person into sobriety.

His time in withdrawal was longer than most people’s due to the nature of methadone. It took him nearly a month to get completely free from the effects of methadone. He found that the Narconon New Life Detoxification that uses time in a low heat sauna, exercise, and more nutritional supplements enabled him to flush out the stored drug toxins that helped keep him trapped in addiction.

J.P. paused for a moment then and his face got serious. He said, “Taking methadone was the worst decision of my life. If you’re going to tell my story, you tell the readers this: you better think a thousand times before going to a methadone clinic. What I see is that people who use methadone as a solution don’t get off drugs.”

He admitted that if he had found this solution sooner, he might have saved his marriage and he certainly would have saved his family a lot of stress.

J.P. found Narconon via an internet site and learned how the Narconon program is not a quick fix but is rather a thorough handling. A day later, he arrived at a Narconon facility.

To learn how the Narconon drug rehab program helped free J.P. from his addiction to heroin and other opiates, read further. There is another option for a person who thinks that methadone is their only choice for heroin recovery.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.