Can You Help a Heroin Addict If He Doesn’t Want to Get Sober?

With increased potency levels in the heroin found on the streets, today, being up to 15 times greater than the potency of heroin in the 1970’s and 1980’s, more people are in need of treatment to combat their dependencies after just a couple of doses.

These individuals may not have reached the point of devastating consequences or, if so, they may have accepted their plight in life as unchangeable. The idea of going through heroin withdrawals, fear of failure, or fear of long term abstinence from the pleasurable effects they get from heroin makes it difficult for anyone trying to help them get sober if they don’t want to.

We can help you find treatment for yourself or a loved one. Call 844-431-5818(Who Answers?) toll free today.

Making Withdrawal from Heroin More Positive

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Many avoid quitting heroin due to fear of withdrawal.

Heroin alters the reward pathways in the brain to reinforce continued use, while at the same time, discouraging the absence of the drug. This is why the person becomes physically ill and experiences intense cravings for more heroin when the levels in their system drops. The greater their dependence, the quicker and more severe these withdrawal symptoms will be.

Methadone can relieve the cravings and withdrawal symptoms 24 hours or more on a single daily dose while the person reduces their dependence to heroin and improves their overall health and social functioning. Buprenorphine works in similar ways to methadone and both are effective medications that have been made more available to the many people suffering from opioid addictions for easing the discomfort of withdrawals.

Overcoming Fear of Failure

According to an article published by the Mt Sinai Journal of Medicine in the U.S National Library of Medicine “Reviews issued by the Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health have defined narcotic addiction as a chronic medical disorder and have claimed that methadone maintenance coupled with social services is the most effective treatment for this condition.” Medication maintenance using buprenorphine has also had positive and proven results in keeping the person engaged in their recovery efforts while minimizing the distress, cravings, and abuse of heroin and other opioids.

In order to be able help a heroin addict who doesn’t want treatment, knowing these options and where to find them can be helpful assurances that heroin recovery is possible.

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47,300* People Addicted
23,100* Getting Help
8,209* Deaths
*Statistic from 2015


Coercion into treatment often comes as result of incarceration or an intervention where bottom lines are specified to withdraw support for the addict’s ability to continue using. Interventionists specialize in communicating the benefits of heroin treatment and the alternative consequences to help guide the family and the abuser through the process.

Most of us do not wish to have to go through such drastic experiences, however, and we desperately seek the alternatives at hand. Education on resources, addiction, and communicating this knowledge in support of treatment becomes a critical factor in helping the person’s willingness to change.

We can help you get the treatment your loved one needs. Call 844-431-5818(Who Answers?) toll free for help today.

the Take-Away

If you have a loved one who is using heroin and does not see it as a problem, know that there are still ways you can help them. Staging an intervention, offering support, and educating them are some of the ways.