Recovering Opioid Addict
About the Author
It takes a ‘hero’ deep inside of you to be able to face your opioid addiction and be determined to conquer it. I named this site HeroinMe (Hero in Me) because beating opioid addiction requires you to be a hero for yourself. I speak from experience. Opioid addiction includes many different drugs from heroin to prescription pain pills. They all have the same affect. They can all destroy you. They almost took my life and this is why I am speaking out today.
In my case, I became dependent on, and addicted to Fentanyl. I was on all kinds of opioid pain medications for over a decade, but Fentanyl was used most.
My addiction situation started after I began having numerous open reconstructive surgeries to repair shoulder and neck damage from an accident. I then had more surgeries to remove nerve tumors which were causing significant chronic daily pain.
Between the many surgeries and post-op time period, I was continually on very strong opioids for over a decade.
Unlike cocaine or crystal meth, our bodies get use to opiates. We gain a tolerance. This means that you must take a higher and higher dose in order to get the same (pain relief or ‘high’) affect.
I became seriously addicted to fentanyl and did what ever I had to do to get more. My addiction problem had become a major secondary issue on top of my already existing physical chronic pain. I would run out of my fentanyl prescription early every month and go into terrible withdrawals. There is NOTHING worse than opioid withdrawals. They got so bad for me that I considered taking my life on numerous occasions. I even wrote out suicide letters 2-3 different times. I figured I would be putting myself out of the misery of addiction AND chronic pain. Instead, prayer saved me and I checked into rehab with the help of my wife, Kim, and other family. At this point I had nothing left. I was beat’en down, battered and very discouraged. I dug deep and used some very durable faith that was hidden deep inside my heart. This is what saved my life. And, it can save your life, too.
My Opioid Treatment
After hitting rock bottom, I entered into a rehab center called “CenterPointe” in Saint Louis, Missouri. I found myself sitting next to heroin addicts and pain pill poppers from all areas of life. There were highschool kids, nurses, business men & women, laborers, males and females of all ages. What I witnessed those many weeks in rehab was devastating. People were overdosing and dying weekly. Many were relapsing. I made it a point right then and there to learn everything I could about Heroin, Opioids and Addiction so that one day I could help others.
If I don’t use my experience to help others, then all that I went through was a big waste of time and energy. I cannot allow that to happen, therefore I am creating this website to help others. THANK YOU for your support and please fully navigate my site and refer it to others. I want to reach as many people as possible.
What I Learned
Rehab was a good place to start when you hit rock bottom with heroin addiction. You have to detox. You have to go through the horrific withdrawal period. This site will show you ways to reduce withdrawals and conquer detox. The relapse rate of 90% in the first week of rehab really concerns me. I began to research why and discovered a way to reduce or eliminate a relapse. This site covers that and gives people hope. It has to do with the brains neuro-transmitter chemicals and how they become depleted while using opioids. I found that there is hope and I am a living example!
Our country is facing a heroin epidemic. Overdose deaths have tripled since 2015. Heroin and pain pills are easy to score on the street. ‘Doctor shopping’ is common. Heroin is more potent, yet cheaper than ever before. Young kids are getting hooked on heroin and opioids daily. Something must be done about this. Using my experience I am stepping up to educate people and help them through the addiction and recovery process (just as I went through myself).
We can fight this epidemic by making young kids aware of the dangers. Most importantly, we must alert people about their genetic history. If addiction runs in your family depending on which parent (or both), a child could be doomed to addiction if they ever experiment with drugs (or alcohol). Information is awareness and awareness is prevention. We are providing tools on this site to help people research their genetic history and learn how vulnerable they are. If a young kid knows that addiction runs in his family, and we educate him about this….it might prevent him from ever trying drugs and becoming an addict.
Nancy Reagan had the right idea in the 80’s with her incredible program called “JUST SAY NO”. Mrs. Reagan had the right idea, and I hope to carry on her work using this site (www.heroininme.com ) to reach others.
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