Drug addiction is never easy to recover from, but few drugs are as infamously difficult to recover from than heroin. Heroin is known for its powerful ability to cause addiction. Heroin addiction recovery is difficult, but it is far from impossible. You simply need some help.
Heroin recovery takes many different forms. You may choose therapy. You may choose a 12-step program or a SMART recovery program. Whatever you may choose, you should know the pros and cons of each. Here are a few of the major ways people choose to recover from heroin:
- Therapy. Therapy is helpful because there are so many kinds of therapy. There is group therapy, individual therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, once a week therapy, twice a week, and about a million different options. No two people go about getting therapy the same way, and no two people have the exact same results. Therapy is helpful in that it has so many different forms, but it does require a prerequisite knowledge of what you want out of a treatment plan. If you already know what you want, therapy may be the right option for you.
- 12-step program. 12-step programs have been helping people around the country and the world recover from heroin, alcohol, cocaine, abuse, and almost any other kind of addiction you could think of. The twelve steps are as follows: 1) admitting you are powerless in the face of heroin, 2) coming to believe in a power higher than yourself, 3) making a decision to turn your will and your life over to God as you understand Him, 4) making a fearless and searching moral inventory of yourself, 5) admitting to God, yourself, and another human being the exact nature of the things you have done wrong, 6) becoming entirely ready for God to remove these character defects, 7) humbly asking Him to remove said character defects and shortcomings, 8) making a list of everyone whom you have harmed and becoming willing to make amends, 9) making direct amends to those people in every possible case, 10) continuing to take moral inventory, and when you are in the wrong, making amends, 11) seeking through conscious thought a deeper contact with God as you understand Him, and 12) having a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps.
- SMART recovery. While a 12-step program requires you to believe in a higher power, SMART recovery has no such prerequisites. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training, and it leaves it all up to you. If you do not believe in a higher power, this may be the program for you. There are four points to this program; 1) motivation to abstain, or finding your reason for quitting, 2) coping with urges, where you learn to find ways to cope with wanting heroin more than anything, 3) problem solving, where you learn how to solve these issues in your day-to-day life, and 4) lifestyle balance, or balancing your short-term pleasures with your long-term goals. SMART recovery has thousands of free online and face-to-face meetings every day, so you will be able to find support and help no matter what.
These options are just the beginning, of course. There are other options, such as heroin addiction recovery centers, like rehab. Inpatient or outpatient, these centers can be extremely helpful. Whatever it is you are looking for, just remember this: no matter how good a program is, no matter how many people it has helped, in the end, the deciding factor will be you. You are the only one who can truly improve your life permanently.