What can you do to elp a friend or family member who is in the grip of heroin addiction? No matter what you've tried to do, they can't be reached, they just turn you away. Or you think you've gotten though and are moving towards salvation, and they vanish into the night in search of their fix - sometimes with an "I'm sorry," but more often without it. You never know if you'll see them alive again before you have another chance to ease them - or push or drag them - into drug rehab.
Heroin addiction has been with us for more than 100 years, and it doesn't look like it's going away any time soon. In spite of decades of movies, TV shows, books and articles that graphically, often terrifyingly depict how deadly and addictive heroin is, every week somewhere in America fresh new recruits join the ranks of our nearly one million-strong tattered and tortured army of heroin addicts. And nothing will help these lost souls permanently recover their lives except expert, long-term drug rehab.
Any hard-core heroin addict can tell you exactly why they take heroin and what it does to them when they can't get it. They can tell you in heart-breaking detail how it ruins lives and families, how it spurs crime of all kinds and overflows our prisons with junkies - most of whom would benefit more from drug rehab than incarceration. But they can never tell you when they're going to stop and get into drug rehab and actually mean what they say. Even when you actually see that drug rehab is an idea they have in their mind, you have to realize that, without a miracle, it's always going to be tomorrow, or next week, and most likely, never.
Anyone who has never had that kind of a heroin-addiction experience can't possibly expect to really understand how soul-destroying it is. We can only try as best we can to appreciate and accept the vice-like control it exerts over every aspect of the heroin addict's life. Addiction drives every thought, action and deed, making no insult, no lie or betrayal, and almost no crime too unthinkable to feed the heroin habit. Until they get their true life back through drug rehab, heroin will remain in the driver's seat.
For most if not all heroin addicts, there comes a point when they hit rock bottom and actually come to recognize it and perhaps reach for drug rehab. The problem is, you just can't wait for that to happen. Your friend, your family member could be gone any time - tonight, tomorrow, before drug rehab can save them from an overdose, a deadly drug interaction, AIDS from a shared needle. Something must be done now. You need him or her to recognize that they're as close to rock bottom as anyone needs to be to want to climb back up.
The good news is that a drug rehab intervention specialist may be the only way up and out for your situation. You do need professional help, and a drug intervention specialist can bring the skill, experience, understanding and deeply-felt empathy required to make it happen. Intervention specialists will tell you that deep inside a heroin addict's heart, a part of them is crying out for help. That voice can be found and made real to the addict by breaking down the controlling thought patterns of heroin addiction, and inviting and welcoming the real person to take back their life. A drug intervention specialist can be the best idea yet to help save your loved one through a drug rehab program.