Heroin addiction is most often associated with a criminal lifestyle, as many addicts lose their social skills and work ethic and devote themselves, voluntarily or involuntarily, to an addictive lifestyle. Many must turn to criminal activities to finance their drug addictions. Heroin addicts also live risky lifestyles, in part simply due to heroin use itself which can result in overdose or a fatal reaction to some substance that was used to cut the heroin. Further risk comes from sharing needles, failure to meet one’s own personal health needs, or risky sexual behavior including prostitution.
Reducing the Harm but not the Addiction
And so the solution in some countries becomes an attempt to reduce the risk of illness, death or crime while not attempting to reduce actual drug use. This is termed “harm reduction.” It comes in the form of clean “shooting rooms” staffed by medical personnel, clean needle supplies or the substitution of a medical form of the drug that would prevent overdose or that criminal activity that enables the purchase of more drugs. More than a million people in Europe are receiving treatment for heroin addiction and more than half of these are receiving substitute drugs.
Harm reduction was proposed and approved by various national governments after repeated attempts were made to help people succeed in rehabilitation but each attempt failed to help many of the people in these rehab programs. If nothing else, they could at least reduce crime and the spread of disease with harm reduction.
Why Settle for Harm Reduction When Real Rehabilitation can be Achieved?
When effective rehabilitation methods could not be developed, it is understandable that alternate methods would be developed in their place. But now there is a way to bring about the rehabilitation of a heroin addict, even a person who has been addicted to heroin for years.
The drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that is offered at Narconon recovery centers around the world has helped countless heroin addicts over the past five decades recover from their addiction.
When the individual enters the Narconon program, the first thing that is done is that he or she is supported through a tolerable withdrawal process. If a medical wean down is required as may be the case with heavy opioids, alcohol or benzodiazepines, this would be completed before starting the drug-free withdrawal at Narconon.
At Narconon, heroin addicts are supported in several ways. First, the administration of nutritional supplements helps soothe the withdrawal discomfort of a heroin addict. Recovering addicts are often in terrible physical condition and regular meals, sleep and vitamins like B complex and C begin to enable the body to heal. Further, calcium and magnesium help the muscles that may be aching or wanting to cramp as withdrawal progresses.
Gentle reorientation exercises help take a person’s attention off their aches and pains and direct it on the environment. Physical techniques, called assists, help the muscles and nervous system release the stress of the detoxification that is occurring.
This is just the first step of rehab at a Narconon drug and alcohol rehab center. But it provides a positive start for every recovering heroin addict and can help develop a positive frame of mine in the addict toward their full recovery.
Then the recovering person embarks on a critically important step in his or her recovery: the deep detoxification that results from the Narconon New Life Detoxification. This innovative and exclusive program provides each recovering person with an exact nutritional program and has them engage in moderate exercise followed by time spent in a low-heat sauna. The combined effect is that a person’s body can now flush out stored toxins that remain behind after earlier drug use. Those completing this step say they feel younger and can think more clearly. Most also say that they have more energy, sleep better and some add that their cravings for drugs are much lower, maybe even gone.
The New Life Detoxification is followed by the Objectives, which include communication skills and a series of exercises that gradually brings his attention out of the drug use of the past and back to his current environment. By returning the individual’s attention to the present, they are now able to leave their addictive life behind, one step at a time.
Each person then proceeds through Life Skills courses that restore his or her personal integrity, ability to make drug-free decisions and ability to turn difficult situations around into positive ones. These aspects of recovery have proven over time to be highly effective ways to get any addict, heroin or otherwise, to remain stable after they graduate and go home.
For more information on this thorough and effective address to heroin addiction, contact Narconon today.