I hope I did not demonize addicts. I know very well what that struggle is like. I have lived that life and I spent time surrounded by people living
with all levels of addiction.
It is a sad reality and definitely is a terribly serious problem surrounded by a major lack of understanding.
I believe in empowering the individual through them owning their addiction and fighting through it.
To date, with the exception of rare cases, or cases with other factors, only alcohol or benzo withdrawal/long term use can cause real damage and in
extreme cases, kill you.
Unfortunately unless you are already convulsing, probably on your own. This is really bad, this fact is and has been harming a lot of people.
Especially since a large percentage of these people have become addicted by accident and are now in for a very rough time. Lack of info makes it very
hard to find anybody who understands.
Heroin is actually surprisingly gentle on the system, but the addiction is extremely powerful, and dependency is a very bad place to find yourself.
Definitely easier to beat than perceived, so no opiate addict should lose hope.
For this reason I think Heroin addicts will be safe if they treat their body right and prepare for withdrawal. Maybe taper, maybe cross to a weaker
opiate for a short time. Usually though, the way to succeed is to just dig deep and live the withdrawals. In my experience this applies to all
substances with the exception of Benzos, Alcohol, and a lesser known trap, antidepressants. Those three come with a different level of physical
dependency, and seriously alter your mind. So much so that it is undeniable, and only reversible through 100% sobriety and a significant span of
Some people seem to truly benefit from antidepressants, but if a persons serotonin levels are normal they can have a very scary and powerful effect.
This leads to the world of Manic insomnia lasting for days, serotonin syndrome, potent debilitating anxiety, and of course a very difficult
dependency/withdrawal syndrome. Unfortunately none of those are really known about, nor have I ever heard or seen those issues taken seriously.
The only reason I could see a Heroin user needing the ER is if there is an overdose, an underlying medical factor, something contracted from sharing
whatever method of using, or they got shot meandering on the dark side.
Willpower really can be all it takes. If a person has enough desire to change, their willpower is what will carry them through, as that desire
overpowers the addiction. Both the physical trial as well as the struggle with cravings. For some the physical is the hard part, for others it is the
mental. Willpower is effective in handling both.
Addicts need help, many of us are wonderful people and it is hidden by the internal struggle of addiction. We need care and understanding very much. I
feel for those who can not escape.
At the same time, what we really need is a hard unmerciful dose of reality, in those times it is do or die and there is no more room for anything but
or...........we fall, as many have.
For example, I was basically denied help at the ER and told that I could not be having withdrawals, I got my unmerciful dose of reality as I realized
I was on my own. It is concerning because their opinions were waaaaay off. I was absolutely a candidate for seizures and my brand of withdrawals could
easily last months and I had technically not even made it to the most difficult phase.
Odd to be denied care when you have become ill taking what you have been prescribed.
Still,That harsh reality check was needed, it is what pushed me to get through it and i am now on my way to being permanently recovered. It was
Once an addict, always an addict, not necessarily true, addiction can be completely removed, it is just a very stubborn state of mind.
I have learned that there are all different stages and kinds of addictions. Also every individual perceives and handles there addiction uniquely.
There is no place for generalization in the realm of addiction. In a perfect world this would be addressed, for now and I reiterate my opinion, it is
up to the individual to create the change, no one gets a free pass and every individuals struggle is their own to defeat. Addicts are wise to own
their struggle and cultivate mental endurance because, though Support is so important, it is not always there.
I do blame the drug war, but that is not going anywhere soon, so unfortunately the burden is on us. The system is broken so we must find the solutions
I know it is possible to kick this so called disease, and with no doctors whatsoever, just as I know some drug addicts are lost beyond hope, that
should not be and I cannot fathom how it will ever improve.
ETA: Back to the OP, shouldn't the guy having his third heart attack because he refuses to put in the work towards healing be just as much of a burden
as the addict having an overdose? I would say yes. Though truly Neither is a burden but rather a symptom of this broken society we are stuck with.
Therefore the medical establishment should be far more helpful, understanding and diverse. Government should feel obligated to help correct what they
Medical system has morphed into a program of perpetual sickness. More so than true healing and care.
I should not have had to learn how benzos work the hard way. If I was weaker I could have suffered immensely, just like the lost heroin addicts in
this town should not be out in the cold right now. It is what it is though.
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