This is the ultimate heroin addiction recovery guide authored by Bryan Cowan, an addict who is now two years sober.
Bryan lays out the 12 steps he used to successfully beat the addiction and getting his life back on track. He explains, "It’s not encouraging to know that the vast majority of people who stop heroin will relapse and start using again. I relapsed, but only once. I remember the wording of the first step of Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous: We admit we are powerless over heroin - our lives had become unmanageable."
Admitting powerlessness over a drug is one of the most difficult things to do. Most people relapse, not only because they are no longer in their right mind, but because they believe that they have control over the drug, even though they became addicted to it the first time.
It is almost a period of temporary insanity when someone relapses and begins to use it again. Physically, the body yields to the intense cravings; psychologically, although the user knows what happened the first time, they rationalize that they know better now and that it won’t happen again. They feel they know how to control it this time and to take only enough to sustain them. They believe they can control the dosage.
The drug completely takes over, after the first time using it, again. The body reacts as if the user never stopped using it and returns to the state it was in just before stopping. The body requires more heroin after relapsing to avoid withdrawal. Stopping to take the drug the second time is much harder than the first due to this physical dependency.