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How to Help Your Son or Daughter Quit Heroin Pt.1
 
Part 1: If your son or daughter is hooked on heroin, then don’t despair. There may still be hope.

As long as you’re still in communication with them then there may still be hope yet.

But you must act quickly and prepare yourself as well. We have a lot of work to do, and time is of the essence.

And if you want to help your child quit heroin then you may want to take the time to read the following article, Part 1, and Part 2 and then prepare yourself for battle.

Step 1. Be willing and determined
If you’re going to help your child quit heroin, stay clean and turn their life around, then you’re going to have to become willing and determined to do whatever it takes to do so, even if it means sending them on their way, (if that’s what it takes to bring about change).

In other words, it’s going to be your way, or the highway. Because when it comes to heroin and heroin addiction, there is no other way. Therefore, you must be willing and determined to do whatever it takes to help your child quit this drug, once and for all.

And most importantly, you must remember to do everything in a kind and loving manner if you’re going to have any effect upon them at all. And by doing so, you just might save their life.
     
   Step 2. Know the enemy - Heroin
If you’re going to go war, then you’ll need to know the enemy and understand what you’re up against – heroin!

This is not weed. This is not coke. This is not crack. And this is not ecstasy, the happy drug. This is heroin - the worse drug in the world and the hardest drug to quit.
 
  Anyone can quit weed. Anyone can quit coke. And anyone can quit crack. But not many people are able to quit heroin and stay clean for good. And in order to help your son or daughter get the help they need, then you’re going to have to plan wisely and then execute your plan with full force.

Heroin, is a highly addictive drug that is derived from opium. It comes in the form of powder, (white, beige or grey), and also as a black tar substance known as black tar heroin.

Heroin produces a high that creates intense euphoria, a feeling of pleasure and a state of peace and relaxation. It creates a sense of warmth, comfort and safety regardless of present danger. It relieves physical and emotional pain within seconds and removes depression and anxiety all at once. It takes away all their problems, past and present, and sends them into a painless and trouble free state of being. And in time, it becomes the ultimate means of self medication. And these are just a few of the reasons why it’s so hard to quit heroin and let this drug go. To the user, it’s the solution for everything.

Signs of heroin use include:
Drowsy appearance
Dozes off
Head dropped
Constricted pupils
Eyes slightly or fully closed
Mouth hanging open at times
Talks slow with a slurred speech
Appears disoriented and dazed
Displays poor mental function
Displays poor hygiene
Displays unkept appearance
Scratches themselves often
Spends a lot of time in the bathroom
Lies all the time and makes up stories
Continues to ask for money
Drug paraphernalia present within the home
  NOTE: Some long term users may not display any nodding or drowsiness and/or may only do so for a very short period of time as long term users have built up a high level of tolerance to the drug.

Heroin is either snorted, smoked or injected. And if your son or daughter is injecting heroin then the chances of them dying from an over dose are always present. And if their not shooting up now, then there’s a good chance that they will be shooting up soon.

Health risks for continual use of heroin also include: infection of the heart lining and valves; kidney disease; liver disease, (which can lead to hepatitis C); pulmonary complications including various types of pneumonia; skin infections; abscesses; collapsed veins; increased risk of contracting (HIV) and other blood-borne viruses. And even sharing snorting straws has been linked to hepatitis transmission.

The effects associated with smoking heroin can include Leukoencephalopathy, which is the destruction of the myelin sheaths that cover nerve fibers; Dyspnea, which is shortness of breath, usually associated with disease of the heart or lungs; Status Asthmaticus, which is a long-lasting and severe asthma attack that does not respond to standard treatment; and reduced pulmonary function which can lead to pneumonia.

There are many health risks and dangers involved with the continued use of heroin, including respiratory failure and death. And this is why you as the parent or the loved one of the addict must act fast.

However, it’s not that simple. They can’t just quit, just like that. This drug is much too strong and is highly addictive. Their body and mind has become physically and mentally addicted to the drug, and without it, they just can’t function. Furthermore, if they don’t have it every day then they’ll become very, very sick and go into severe withdrawal. It takes anywhere from 6, 8 to 24 hours (after their last use of heroin), before the addict begins to get sick and go into withdrawal.

Heroin withdrawals include:
Ice cold body chills
Bone crushing leg pains
Restless leg syndrome
Back pains
Neck pains
Severe muscle cramps
Painful stomach cramps
Nausea and vomiting
Diarrhea
Shaking and trembling
Anxiety and panic attacks
Insomnia and restlessness
Loss of appetite
Watery eyes
Runny nose
Excessive yawning
Extreme depression
and crying... crying for heroin
  And this is why they just can’t quit. Because they know very well that if they attempt to do so then they will become very, very sick. And not many addicts are willing to become sick by choice. This is not just a regular sickness of withdrawal from drugs, this is more like the worse flu ever multiplied 1000 times with bone crushing bone pains, muscle pains and more. They can even go into seizures and crack ribs. That’s how serious this is. And that’s why they just can’t quit, just like that. Their brain has been programmed to seek and use heroin no matter what the cost. And this is what they live for daily.

Furthermore, not only are they physically addicted and dependent upon the heroin, but they’re in love with the drug as well. They have formed an emotional bond and attachment with the drug and simply can’t live without it. They need it just to feel normal, but they love the high and how it makes them feel. It takes away all their problems and worries and in their own mind, they just can’t live without it.

This is what you’re up against – a highly addictive drug called heroin, and a very addicted heroin addict. And now that you know what you’re up against, it’s time to plan the war - The war against drugs in your home.
       
  Step 3. Learn how most addicts quit heroin
There are a few ways to quit heroin and the following are the most commonly used methods:
   
Plan A: Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey
Plan B: Quitting Heroin Warm Turkey with lesser evil pharmaceuticals
Plan C: Quitting Heroin with Methadone or Suboxone
Plan D: Quitting Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center (or detox center)
 
  NOTE: Regardless of how they quit, they may want to take some "Milk of Magnesia" 1 to 2 days before quitting heroin in order to relieve constipation and allow some bowel movements to occur. Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide), is a milky-white liquid medicine that is used as a hydrating laxative and
relieves constipation within six hours or less. And doing this before quitting heroin will reduce continual bowel movements during the process.
     
 
Plan A: Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey is when the addict quits heroin, yet with the help of OTC (over the counter) medications such as Nyquil, (Night Nurse in the UK), Imodium+Tagamet, Ibuprofen, Valerian Root Capsules, Anti-Nausea medicines, Gatorade along with plenty of water, and a daily survival plan which includes hot baths and long fast walks for the first 7 days. (NOTE: All of these over the counter meds can be obtained at Walmart or any local pharmacy.)
 
  Many times, addicts have no access to detox, rehab, methadone or Suboxone and quitting heroin cold turkey becomes their only hope. Also, the OTC meds as mentioned above are easy to obtain and inexpensive as well. Many times, the addict has already tried detox, rehab, methadone and suboxone and still can’t seem to stay clean, and quitting heroin cold turkey becomes their last hope. And many times, it works; because after quitting heroin cold turkey, they’ll never want to go through that pain again.

However, the reason why most addicts fail when quitting heroin cold turkey is because they just lie there sick in bed waiting to die. They don’t take any OTC meds, drink any water, nor take hot baths or walks outside. They just lie there in bed getting sicker and weaker until they cave, give up and use. But if they follow my Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey plan, followed by my 7 Day Survival Plan then they just might make it and come out on top, just like so many others have already done. They’ll still go through the withdrawals but it won’t be as bad with the OTC meds and the long hot baths as it would be without. It won’t be easy, but it can be done.

For more information on how to quit heroin cold turkey please read my article:
How to Quit Heroin Cold Turkey” followed by “How to Survive the First 7 Days
       
Plan B: Quitting Heroin Warm Turkey with lesser evil pharmaceuticals is when the addict quits using heroin with the help of prescribed medications such as Clonidine, Valiums or Xanax for anxiety and/or Tramadol or Vicodins for pain. However, these prescription medications can also become addictive and therefore should be used as a short term, (7 to 10 days or less) crutch, solely to get off of the heroin and make it through the first few days, which are the worst for heroin withdrawals.
 
   The addict will still feel withdrawals to a certain degree and may still have to implement cold turkey strategies such as taking hot baths, long walks, etc…

But quitting heroin warm turkey with the help of lesser evil pharmaceutical drugs becomes much less painful than quitting heroin cold turkey. A prescription for these pharmaceutical drugs can be obtained in most countries by visiting any local, private, family doctor.

For more information on how to quit heroin warm turkey please read my article:
How to Quit Heroin with Meds
     
Plan C: Quitting Heroin with Methadone or Suboxone is when the addict quits heroin with the help of Methadone or Suboxone.

Methadone is a full opioid agonist
which relieves all withdrawal symptoms and cravings, thus allowing the addict to make a smooth transition from heroin to methadone and continue to live and function like a normal human being. However, Methadone is also highly addictive and should not be used for more than 15, 30 to 40 days or less while tapering (weaning) down during the time of use.
 
  Although some addicts may need to stay on methadone for longer periods of time, that is entirely up to them, their circumstances, their desire to be free and their current state of mind. And although some people may be against methadone, sometimes it’s needful, and for many addicts’ it’s their only hope for getting off of heroin for good.

Methadone comes in tablets, dispersible tablets, and in oral liquid solution and can be obtained by visiting the local methadone clinic(s). Methadone can also be prescribed by a local, private, family doctor as well.

Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid medication which is used to help addicts quit heroin and opiate addiction and relieves 90% of withdrawals and sometimes, all. Suboxone comes in the form of small orange tablets or small film strips, both of which are placed under the tongue to dissolve, enter the blood stream and reach the opioid receptors in the brain as quickly as possible.

These days many addicts prefer quitting heroin with the help of Suboxone, (or Subutex), over Methadone simply because it's easier to obtain and it’s easier to come off of the Suboxone than it is to come off of the Methadone. Yet the transition from heroin to Suboxone is not that simple.

The addict must be in full withdrawal from the heroin before taking their first Suboxone dosage or else the Suboxone will cause the addict to go into precipitated (severe) withdrawals, and that’s when most addicts cave and opt for heroin instead. But if they can wait out the 12, 16 to 24 hour sick period before taking that
first Suboxone then once they take it they’re fine. And every sub after that is a smooth and easy dosing which can be administered at home, in a doctors office, or at a Suboxone clinic as well.

However, just like Methadone, Suboxone is also a highly addictive drug and should be used for 15, 30 to 40 days or less, (much less if possible) while tapering (weaning) down the entire time. However, every addict is different and some addicts may need to stay on these drugs for a longer (or shorter) period of time. That is a decision that the addict will have to make for themselves.

But the sooner the addict gets off of all of these drugs then the better off they’ll be and the sooner their body and mind can return back to normal, or as close as they can get.

For more information on Quitting heroin with Methadone and/or Suboxone, please read my articles:
How to Quit Heroin with Meds” and “Quitting Heroin with Suboxone”.
       
Plan D: Quitting Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center (or detox center) is when the addict goes to an inpatient drug rehabilitation center and quits heroin in a secured and controlled environment which consist of a medical supervised detox, rehabilitation program, counseling, meetings and more. And for many addicts, this may be the best solution and the best form of treatment.
 
  In an inpatient treatment center, the addict is far away from home, drugs, drug dealers and their drugs friends as well which increases their chances for getting clean and staying clean for good.

An inpatient, residential program can last anywhere from 30, 60 to 90 days while detoxing in a public detox center can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. And due to other responsibilities of the addict, such as work, school, family etc, some addicts are able to go into short term, medical detox, followed by out patient counseling and do quite well. However, this option is entirely up to the parent and/or the addict.

Inpatient treatment is not for everyone and many times, a short term detox followed by outpatient counseling can become just as effective if the addict has a strong desire to quit heroin and change their life as well. And many times, short term detox programs make use of Suboxone for those first few days of detox making it that much easier for the addict to quit heroin.

For more information on quitting heroin in a drug rehabilitation center, please read my article:
How to Quit Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center”.
    
You can even talk to your son or daughter about Quitting Heroin with Kratom, which is an all natural means of reducing heroin and opiate withdrawals significantly. Kratom is a leaf of a tree which is used as an alternative and natural means of treatment for many conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and most importantly, heroin and opiate withdrawals. Kratom has also been used for methadone dependence detox in New Zealand as well.

Kratom (botanical name Mitragyna Speciosa) consists of over 25 alkaloids (chemical compounds), one of which is called Mitragynine. Mitragynine is an opioid agonist, which means that it has an attraction towards the opioid receptors in the brain. When in withdrawal, Mitragynine binds to these receptors and is able to reduce heroin and opiate withdrawal symptoms.
 
  Kratom is not an opioid. It is not a drug. It is a natural leaf which is sold in the US, UK, Canada, and in other countries for many different purposes, including heroin and opiate withdrawal. It is sold in the form of leaves, crushed leaves and in fine herbal powder as well. (Fine Kratom powder is preferred). Once a person consumes kratom (by mixing it with juice and drinking it, or drinking it as a tea), heroin withdrawals are reduced greatly within 20 to 30 minutes.

A person only needs to take kratom 4 times per day for the first 3 days and then begin to reduce their intake of Kratom for Day 4, 5 and 6. After that, that’s it. They’re done. They’ve just quit heroin with an all natural plant. And then from there it’s just a matter of time and recovery and rebuilding their health.

For more information on Kratom, how to quit heroin with kratom, how to take it and where to buy kratom, please read my article, “How to Quit Heroin with Kratom”.
     
  Step 4. Gather your resources
Now that you know what heroin is, what it does and how to quit heroin, now it’s time to gather your resources together so that you can approach your child with solutions.

Resource 1. Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey: Quitting heroin cold turkey is going to be one of the options you offer your child. And believe it or not, after reading this website some of your kids may decide to go cold turkey or at least give it their best shot. OTC (over-the-counter) medications can be purchases at Walmart or from your local pharmacy. And if you feel that this can become an option for your child then you may want to go ahead and buy the meds before hand to have everything ready and in place. Complete step-by-step instructions for quitting heroin cold turkey can be found on my article, “How to Quit Heroin Cold Turkey” along with “How to Survive the First 7 Days”. Print out these articles or be ready to access the articles from my website upon presenting this option to your child. This becomes resource/option #1.

Resource 2. Quitting Heroin Warm Turkey: Quitting heroin warm turkey can be another option to present to your child. And to go this route, all you have to do is start finding and contacting local family doctors in your area who will help you with your child’s addiction, and many of them will. If you have a daughter who needs help then it may be best to find her a woman doctor. If you have a son who needs help then it may be best to find him a male doctor. (Many times, girls relate better to women and guys relate better to men.) Create a contact list of 1 or 2 private, family doctors who are ready and willing to help your child quit heroin with the help of lesser evil pharmaceutical drugs such as Valiums, Xanax, and Tramadol etc. Calculate the cost for the doctors’ visit and a 1 to 2 week supply of prescription medication. Print out my article “How to Quit Heroin with Meds” or be ready to access the article from my website upon presenting this option to your child. If quitting heroin warm turkey is feasible and affordable, then this becomes resource/option #2.

Resource 3. Quitting Heroin with Methadone or Suboxone: To offer a short term Methadone program as an option to quit heroin then you can go ahead and start finding and calling local, private family doctors in your local phone book to find one that will help your child with their heroin addiction with the help of methadone.

Or, if you’re going to offer a short term Suboxone (Buprenorphine) program as an option to quit heroin then you can visit the Suboxone website at www.Suboxone.com and use the “find a doctor” tool on the right side of the main page on the website. Type in your zip code, hit enter and you’ll get back a list of private doctors who provide Suboxone (Buprenorphine) treatment. (Buprenorphine is available in most countries). Calculate the cost of the doctors’ visit and the Suboxone medication for 2 to 4 weeks. Print out my articles “How to Quit Heroin with Meds” and “Quitting Heroin with Suboxone”, or be ready to access the articles from my website upon presenting this option to your child. And if it’s affordable, then get the contact details and procedures for 1 or 2 doctors and include this with resource/option #3.

Or, if you’re here in the U.S. then you can call SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse Agency Admin office at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and ask them to recommend a free to low-cost Methadone or Suboxone clinic near you. SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, is the national help and referral agency for drug and alcohol addiction in the United States and is ready to help you in any way they can.
     
SAMHSA (U.S.) is a free service which has an extensive list of the best, free and low cost detox and rehabilitation centers, counseling programs, youth programs and more for those living within the U.S. They'll help you find the help you need within minutes. And with SAMHSA, one call does it all. Call them, get the contact details for Methadone and Suboxone clinics in your area and then call the clinics as well for costs and procedures involved. (Your child may qualify for free (state funded) assistance as well.) These contact details and resources can be added to resource/option #3.

Canada: If you’re living in Canada, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your province in Canada. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost Methadone or Suboxone clinic or program in your province.

United Kingdom: If you’re living in the United Kingdom, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your region or nation in the UK. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost Methadone clinic or a methadone clinic that offers Subutex (Buprenorphine) in your area. (Subutex is more readily available in the UK than Suboxone).

Ireland: If you’re living in Ireland, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your county or province in Ireland. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost Methadone clinic or a methadone clinic that offers Subutex (Buprenorphine) in your area.

India: If you’re living in India, then click here for a list of drug treatment de-addiction services for your city in India. Although methadone may not be readily available in your city, Buprenorphine is, and is sold under the brand name “Qudict”. Therefore, you can find, contact and visit a local and private family doctor who can provide you with a prescription for “Qudict”. There are many free, de-addiction treatment centers in India and some treatment centres may offer “Qudict” for opiate treatment as well.

Australia: If you’re living in Australia, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your state or territory in Australia. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost Methadone clinic or a methadone clinic that offers Suboxone or Subutex (Buprenorphine) in your area. Both Suboxone and Subutex are available in Australia.

New Zealand: If you’re living in New Zealand, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your town, city or district in New Zealand. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost Methadone clinic or a methadone clinic that offers Suboxone or Subutex (Buprenorphine) in your area. Both Suboxone and Subutex are available in New Zealand.

Most countries offer free to low cost Methadone or Suboxone treatment for its’ residents. And your child may qualify for free, (government funded) assistance as well. Call the clinics or treatment centers, get complete details, costs and procedures for 1 or 2 clinics and include this information with resource/option #3.
      
Resource 4. Quitting heroin in a drug rehabilitation center: To offer inpatient, drug rehabilitation as an option for your child, you can request a recommendation from your national substance abuse referral service for a free to low cost, drug rehabilitation program.

United State: If you’re here in the U.S. then you can call SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse Agency Admin office at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and ask them to recommend a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your state. However, if at all possible, try to get your child into a treatment center far away from your home town. The farther they are then the less likely they are to give up and leave the facilities. Call SAMHSA, get the contact details for the drug rehabilitation programs in your state and then call the treatment centers and ask for costs, details and procedures. (Your child may qualify for free (state or government funded) assistance as well.) If you have insurance, then check with your insurance provider for recommended inpatient treatment centers and possible out of state treatment centers as well. Print out my article “How to Quit Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center” or be ready to access the article from my website upon presenting this option to your child. Include the contact details for the rehab programs with resource/option #4.

Canada: If you’re living in Canada, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your province in Canada. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your province. If at all possible, try to find a treatment center far away from your
home town, or even in another province. You can even send them to the U.S. as well, (if this becomes an option). If you have insurance then check with your insurance provider to see what options are available for your son or daughter.

United Kingdom: If you’re living in the United Kingdom, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your region or nation in the UK. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your region or outside your region as well.

Ireland: If you’re living in Ireland, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your county or province in Ireland. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your county or province or outside your province as well.

India: If you’re living in India, then click here for a list of drug treatment de-addiction services for your city in India. There are many free and low cost, inpatient, de-addiction treatment centres in India.

Australia: If you’re living in Australia, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your state or territory in Australia. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your state or territory or outside territory as well.

New Zealand: If you’re living in New Zealand, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your town, city or district in New Zealand. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation program in your district or out of district as well.

Most countries offer free to low cost, inpatient, drug rehabilitation programs for its’ residents. And your child may qualify for free, (government funded) assistance as well. If you have insurance, then check with your insurance provider for recommended inpatient treatment centers and possible out of area treatment centers as well. Call the treatment centers, get complete details, costs and procedures for 1 or 2 drug rehabilitation programs and include this information for resource/option #4
     
Resource 4.2. Quitting heroin in a detox center followed by outpatient counseling, meetings, etc. To offer short term detox in a medical detox center followed by outpatient counseling as an option for your child, you can request a recommendation from your national substance abuse referral service for a detox center and counseling program in your area. Most detox programs are any where from 5 to 10 days long and use short term Suboxone for treatment as well. Therefore, it is an almost painless detox.

United States: If you’re here in the U.S. then you can call SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse Agency Admin office at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and ask them to recommend a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your state.

Canada: If you’re living in Canada, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your province in Canada. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your province.

United Kingdom: If you’re living in the United Kingdom, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your region or nation in the UK. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your region.

Ireland: If you’re living in Ireland, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your county or province in Ireland. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your county or province.

India: If you’re living in India, then click here for a list of drug treatment detox services for your city in India. There are many free and low cost detox centres in India which provide counseling as well.

Australia: If you’re living in Australia, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your state or territory in Australia. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your state or territory.

New Zealand: If you’re living in New Zealand, then click here for a list of drug treatment referral services for your town, city or district in New Zealand. Call them and ask them for a recommendation for a free to low cost, detox center and counseling program in your area.

Most countries offer free to low cost medical detox and counseling programs for its’ residents. And your child may qualify for free, (government funded) assistance as well. If you have insurance, then check with your insurance provider for recommended detox centers in your area. Then call the detox centers, get complete details, costs and procedures for 1 or 2 detox and counseling programs and include this information for resource/option #4.2.

NOTE: If at all possible then it would be best to include counseling with all of the options above. Your child may need counseling and someone to talk to about the problems they may be having in their own lives as well. And a good drug counselor may be able to help your child deal with their problems in a positive and constructive manner. You can find a free to low cost drug counselor by contacting your local or national substance abuse agency just as mentioned above.
       
Resource 5. A drug interventionist (optional for the parent): The first resource for the child should always be the family. In other words the family should do everything they can to help the child before calling for outside help. However, if you’ve done everything you can and are not able to get your child to quit heroin, then you can always call upon the help of a professional, drug interventionist to perform a professional intervention for your child.

An intervention is a carefully planned process involving family, friends or others who care about the person struggling with addiction. During the intervention, these people gather together to confront the person about the consequences of addiction and ask him or her to accept treatment. An interventionist can plan, direct and coordinate the entire process and help convince the addict to become willing to leave the intervention and enter detox and rehab immediately, accompanied to the facility by the drug interventionist.

However, please keep in mind that a professional intervention along with detox and rehabilitation can cost a few thousand dollars or more. And the only option that the interventionist is going to give your child is inpatient, long-term treatment or leave the home. There are no other options when it comes to interventions. But if you can afford it financially, then you can call a professional drug interventionist to help you get your son or daughter into treatment right away.

United States: If you’re here in the U.S., then you can call NIDA, the National Intervention for Drugs and Alcohol referral service to arrange a professional intervention for your loved one with a recommended licensed interventionist in your area. Tel: 1-800-567-5986

Canada: If you’re living in Canada then you can contact Addiction Enders to speak to a consultant who will assess your needs and determine the type of intervention that may be required for your child. Tel: 1-800-419-7941

United Kingdom: If you’re living in the United Kingdom then you can contact Rehab Helper (Recovery Healthcare) and speak to a trained addiction telephone counselor who will assist you in getting an interventionist to help you with your child. Tel: 0 800 024 1496

Ireland: If you’re living in Ireland then you can contact Rehab Helper (Recovery Healthcare) as well and speak to a trained addiction telephone counselor who will assist you in getting an interventionist in your area to help you with your child. Tel: 0 800 024 1496

India: If you’re living in India then click here to see a list of drug de-addiction treatment services in India. Contact them to find out if a drug addiction specialist can come to your home and convince your child to go into treatment.

Australia: If you’re living in Australia then you can call the Family Drug Support helpline of Australia and ask them to help you find a drug interventionist to help you get your child into treatment. Tel: 1300 368 186

New Zealand: If you’re living in New Zealand then you can call the Alcohol Drug Helpline of New Zealand and ask them to help you find a drug interventionist in your area to help you get your child into treatment right away. Tel: 0800 787 797
 
  Get a home drug test kit
Resource 6. Home drug test kit: There are multiple reasons why a home drug test kit for opiates should be added to your list of resources.

1. Some of you may have to confront your child and they may decide to deny using heroin. And if they do, then you can simply tell them to take the drug test, right there and right then to prove it.

2. If your child came clean to you and reached out for help, then you’re still going to have to test them within 5 days to make sure they’re clean. You can’t just take their word for it, (not when it comes to heroin), and the only way to now for sure if your child is clean or not is to drug test them with a home drug test kit for opiates.
   
  3. If your child does manage to get clean and stay clean as well, then you’re still going to have to perform random drug testing from time to time just to make sure they’re still clean. And the only way to know for sure if they’re clean or not is with random, supervised, home drug testing.

4. If your child lives outside the home and claims sobriety then when and if they come to visit you, you can ask them to take the drug test right there and then to prove their sobriety to you.

The only way to know for sure if your child is using heroin or not is to perform a surprise and supervised drug test with a home drug test kit for opiates. But it must be a surprise. You can’t tell your child that you’re going to drug test them or when you’re going to test them as well; otherwise they may do their best to cheat or contaminate the results.

Have them take the test right in front of you. You’ll be able to get the results back within 5 to 7 minutes.

To obtain a home drug test kit for opiates, you can visit your local pharmacy and pick a home drug test kit which includes a test for “opiates” (heroin) on the test results which is normally on a 7 panel drug test kit. Ask the pharmacist to confirm that the drug test kit includes a test for opiates before actually buying it. And then hide the drug test kit in your home so that it can’t be found, stolen or tampered with.
       
  Summery of resource list: 
 Resource 1, for Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey: Print out my article “How to Quit Heroin Cold Turkey” along with “How to Survive the First 7 Days” or be ready to provide access to those articles on my website when presenting this option to your child.

Resource 2, for Quitting Heroin Warm Turkey: You should have a list of 1 or 2 local, family doctors who will be able to prescribe your child Valiums, Xanax, and/or Tramadol or whatever type of anxiety and pain medications are available in your country. You can also print out my article “How to Quit Heroin with Meds” which includes the section on “Quitting Heroin Warm Turkey” or be ready to provide access to the article on my website when presenting this option to your child.

Resource 3, for Quitting Heroin with Methadone or Suboxone:
You should have a list of 1 or 2 private family doctors who are ready and willing to provide your child with a short term prescription for Methadone or Suboxone. And you should also have a list of 1 or 2 methadone clinics which offer Methadone and/or Suboxone or subutex as well. You can also print out my articles “How to Quit Heroin with Meds” along with “Quitting Heroin with Suboxone”, or be ready to provide access to those articles on my website when presenting this option to your child.
       
  Resource 4, for Quitting Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center: You should have a list of 1 or 2 inpatient, drug rehabilitation centers that are ready to take your child in at any time. You can also print out my article “How to Quit Heroin in a Drug Rehabilitation Center”. (NOTE: If you’re able to obtain and print pictures of the facilities (from their website for example) then include those pictures in your presentation in order to provide a visual of the facilities which can help ease resistance and anxiety as well.)

Resource 4.2, for Quitting Heroin in a Detox Center: You should have a list of 1 or 2 detox centers along with counseling programs that are ready to take your child in right away to begin the detox. (NOTE: If you’re able to obtain pictures of the facilities (from their website) then include those pictures in your presentation as well. Presentation is everything.)

Resource 5, (optional) Drug Interventionist: If it’s feasible and affordable then you may also want to have the contact information for a drug interventionist in case you have no option left but to perform an intervention with the help of a trained and professional interventionist.

Resource 6, is a home drug testing kit for opiates: You should also have a home drug testing kit in your home which tests for opiate drugs such as heroin.

Preparation: Now that you have all your resources in place, it’s time to make some preparations before making your next major move – approaching your child. 
     
  Step 5. Hide all your valuables 
If your child is living within your home, then you may want to hide your jewelry, your purse, your checkbook, your credit cards, your coins laying around, genuine silverware, and any other valuable and sellable items that you may have within your home; because unfortunately, within time, heroin can turn your children into a liars and thieves, especially when they don’t work and have no money to get high.

If your child is home alone at any time then there’s a good chance that they may already be searching through your home like a treasure hunt to see what they can find to sell or pawn as well. I’m not calling your son or daughter a thief, but when it comes to supporting a heroin habit, anything is possible. And for now, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 
     
  Step 6. Get rid of all drug paraphernalia 
If your child is living within your home then you can begin by searching their room and then your whole entire home, inside and out for any and all drug paraphernalia.

And paraphernalia includes: aluminum foil strips, straws, syringes, spoons, bottle caps, cotton balls, baggies, balloons, tie bands, water containers, lighters, matches, roach clips, pipes, rolling papers, pills, razor blades, and anything else that can be used for drugs.
 
  If you find any paraphernalia then break it, destroy it and throw it away, far away from your home. Don’t bother confronting them about it, (at least not yet), because there’s a good chance that they’re going to deny it and say that it doesn’t belong to them - it belongs to a friend, and that’s what they all say. But of
course, that’s a lie. It belongs to them. And if you keep it and show it to them then they may demand that you give it all back to them. That’s why it’s best to destroy it and throw it away, and then tell them about it later when the time is right and only if necessary as well.
       
  Step 7. Cut off all financial support 
If you want to help your child, then from here on out, don’t give your son or daughter any more money whatsoever, no matter what they tell you. No more money, at all, period.

They will come up with the best lies, the best excuses and the most believable reasons for needing money. But it’s important not to give into any of them no matter what, as doing so becomes the highest form of enabling. And if you want to help your child then you must stop enabling them in every way possible, especially with money.
 
  If your son or daughter lives away from home then cut off all financial support immediately, which includes sending them money; paying their bills; buying them gas; buying them food and paying their rent as well. In other words, stop sending them money for anything and everything.

No matter where your son or daughter lives, the best thing to do is to cut off all financial support and stand firm. No matter what they tell you, just say no! Don’t let them use you. And don’t let them manipulate you any more. Be strong, be firm and just say no! You will no longer enable them in any way, shape or form. 
    
    
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