10 Things You Learn As A Heroin Addict

Finding Yourself After Heroin Addiction

10 Things You Learn As A Heroin Addict

May 20th, 2016 in True Stories of Addiction
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Using Heroin and Other Drugs to Connect

Connor’s Heroin addiction initially derived from his inability to connect with others. In fact, he has had a problem connecting with people for almost as long as he can remember. Because of this, he felt disconnected from the kids in his school.

The first few times he smoked Marijuana, in the 7th grade, were his attempts at making those connections. When Connor’s mom picked him up, he was acting strangely and he could tell that she was starting to get suspicious; the next day she woke him up and took him straight to get a drug test. Connor protested, telling her that he didn’t do anything, but she took him anyway.

Because it was such a small amount, the test came back negative and he was off the hook. She even thanked him for being honest, but he knew that he had lied. It was the beginning of the long and treacherous road to his eventual desperate Heroin Addiction.

Heroin Addiction

The summer before his freshman year, Connor began hanging with some of the older kids partying and drinking Alcohol. Alcohol made him feel more comfortable with people and helped him forget his insecurities. Drinking and smoking quickly became the top priority in Connor’s life while everything else fell by the wayside. He started missing classes at school causing his grades to fall so low that he eventually dropped out.



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Prescription Painkillers Escalating to Heroin Addiction

Addiction to HeroinThe road to a heroin addiction started seemingly innocent enough. Connor had no idea, but the road he was on was leading him to a Heroin addiction.

Connor’s mom decided that he needed to go into a 6-month military-like program which Connor was not happy about. To qualify, he needed to pass a drug test, which he knew he would fail therefore being rejected by the program – problem solved. He did end up failing the drug test, however, they decided to take him anyway.

Over the next 6 months, Connor really excelled in the program, which required him to take online classes giving him the opportunity to make up classes he had failed previously. Connor began developing new ambitions for the future which he intended on following-up with.

That all quickly changed soon after Connor returned home and he was doing things he swore to himself he wouldn’t.

In an attempt to hold true to the new ambitions, Connor enrolled back in school which unfortunately led him back hanging out with the old crowd. However, these days, the old crowd wasn’t just abusing alcohol anymore. As it turns out they have evolved their drug abuse up a level.

Connor once noticed that his friends kept going to the bathroom, spending minutes in there and upon exiting they looked different somehow. Repeating their behavior, Connor finally inquired. It turns out they were abusing Percocet by smoking it. And of course, Connor followed suit. Little did he know that prescription drugs were so addictive.

In no time at all, Connor began failing classes again and began stealing to support his heavy painkiller addiction. The high was the most important thing to him and he was doing everything he could just to get the pills he needed. Little did he know that his prescription drug abuse would escalate to Heroin addiction.


Heroin Abuse & Jail Time

Sinking deeper into his addiction to Opiates, Connor’s life quickly began spiraling out of control when eventually he and his friends turned to heavily abusing Heroin, leading to a huge turning point in Connor’s active drug addiction. Hanging with a bad crowd and finding himself in jail more often and for longer periods of time, Connor was still strictly focused on his Heroin addiction.

Heroin Addiction Leading to Jail TimeDuring his stints in jail, family, and friends, even teachers came to visit him. All encouraging him to get his act together, but they didn’t know it wasn’t that simple anymore; his addiction to Heroin had taken over.

After getting out of jail, Connor wanted to abstain but 6 hours later he was drinking wine while on Facebook reaching out to those negative influencers. Before long, he was back to abusing Heroin again.


Near Death Heroin Overdose

In one of the lowest moments of his life, Connor’s mom had found him passed out with a baggie and tinfoil lying next to him. She immediately kicked him out leaving Connor to find refuge with a  Heroin dealer.

Soon, one evening event found Connor tripping on Acid when his friend loaded up a spoon of Heroin. Fast-forward to Connor waking up in a hospital. He had overdosed and nearly died, and worried he was going to go back to jail. But, eventually, Connor found his way home. When his mom found out what happened, she was devastated.

Near Death Heroin OverdoseConnor knew he needed some form of treatment for a Heroin addiction. He finally wanted to do whatever it took to get sober and moved into a halfway house with about forty other guys, all having a good time while sober. At first, he couldn’t believe it, but these guys were just like him. They had been through the same things and for once, Connor began believing that he could do it too. Being around people who were going through the same thing gave him that connection he’d always been looking for.



Recovering from Heroin Addiction

Connor wanted to have what the guys in his halfway house had so he followed in their footsteps. He got a sponsor who is still his sponsor today. He went to meetings and worked the 12-steps. His recovery from Heroin addiction has given him the incredible and meaningful he’d always longed for.


10 Things Connor Learned from Heroin Addiction

1. The Lies and deceit that come from Heroin addiction can haunt you for years.
2.  Heroin always comes first when you are a Heroin addict.
3.  Just because your friends are doing it doesn’t mean it’s okay.
4.  The high from Heroin is an illusion; you think it will feel good, but it really brings pain.
5.  You’ll do things you never imagined, just to get your Heroin fix.
6.  You won’t get away with it forever.
7.  You can’t control your Heroin addiction; it controls you!
8.  Heroin ends in death or jail. Recovery is the only way out.
9.  Getting help and taking suggestions is the only way to overcome a Heroin addiction.
10. True friends are very different and much better than your Heroin friends.

 


Connor now experiences true friendship and a connection to a power greater than himself. The love from his mother through his addiction is appreciated. Thankfully, his life has turned around completely for the better. He’s going to school again and working… doing regular everyday things like playing basketball and going to the movies.

One of Connors biggest fears about being sober was that he was going be obsessed with not getting high. He emphasizes now that a lot of the worries and fears you have are not as big as you make them out to be. More than anything, Connor is grateful for everything that sobriety has brought him: a life that comes out of positive action, continually increasing in value.



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How to Get Off Heroin for Good

If you are struggling with a Heroin addiction and need help, you are not alone. There are many people just like you who have found recovery. There are so many methods to recover from a Heroin addiction such as implants for Opioid dependency. Detoxing in a medical environment may be necessary but not impossible. If you really want sobriety, you can have it!  It’s time to stop living this way and get the help you need. Talk to a Heroin addiction specialist about where you’re at, what you need and where you want to be. Addiction is a serious disease that changes structures in your brain making professional help necessary to overcome it.

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  • Nena Burton 14:10h, 20 May Reply

    Thank you so much for your story and blessings on your recovery. It gives me hope for my son. I know he needs to want recovery. He is currently incarcerated but I pray when he gets out he will want sobriety.

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