“IS YOUR MONEY MARKED FOR HEROIN FIRST AND EVERYTHING ELSE SECOND?”
“IS YOUR DIET STARTING TO CONSIST OF THE OCCASIONAL BOWL OF CORNFLAKES?”
“FALLING ASLEEP AT EMBARRASSING MOMENTS BECAUSE YOU HAVE MISJUDGED THE DOSE AND ARE NOT AT HOME?”
“ARE YOU SELLING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO BUY MORE?”
“IS HEROIN THE FIRST THING YOU THINK ABOUT EVERY DAY WHEN YOU WAKE UP?”
“STARTING TO BEHAVE IN WAYS OR DO THINGS THAT ONCE WOULD HAVE BEEN UNTHINKABLE?”
“DOES THE IDEA OF COMMITTING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN ORDER TO GET MONEY NOT BOTHER YOU ANY MORE?”
“HAVE YOU RECENTLY STARTED INJECTING WHEN BEFORE YOU USED TO SMOKE YOUR HEROIN?”
“HAVE YOU LOST INTEREST IN YOUR APPEARANCE, SEX, YOUR PARTNER, AND YOUR OLD WAY OF LIFE?”
“HAVE YOU CUT AWAY FROM THE FRIENDS WHO DON’T USE AND HOOKED UP WITH PEOPLE WHO DO INSTEAD?”
Does any of this sound a little too familiar? Then perhaps you should read on….
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
It’s pointing out the obvious, but heroin is physically addictive if used regularly. Withdrawal is uncomfortable, irritating, time consuming and takes a serious effort of will to do on your own!
Unless you are extremely wealthy, heroin addiction leads to criminal behavior in order to ensure a regular supply. Shoplifting, theft, dealing, car crime, robbery, the list is endless. Eventually you will end up having a conversation with a police officer in a room with no exit!
Overdosing can lead to coma or worst still, death. Your respiratory system slows down and your heart stops. Heroin, methadone and other opiates have a higher overdose risk than any other class of drugs.
Injecting carries a long list of serious health problems, from abscesses and ulcers, through blood poisoning and deep vein thrombosis; not to mention the whole host of blood born viruses that can be caught when sharing injecting equipment.
Heroin addiction is notorious for destroying personal relationships. If you are not withdrawing you are trying to score, and once you’ve scored you are on the edge of being permanently comatose! Hardly endearing qualities to a partner who may not always be as ‘long suffering’ as you’d hoped.
Social isolation tends to go hand in hand with heroin addiction. I mean it’s not as if heroin addicts have received any good press over the years, and I doubt if even Kate Moss could make it socially acceptable.
If anything on this page sounds uncomfortably familiar or is causing you to worry, then it is probably worth getting some advice. After all, an informed decision is often the best decision- what have you got to lose?
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