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Jun. 12th, 2009

07:19 pm - Question about heroin withdrawals

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Hi guys.

I've been a member of this community for some time now, am a recovering alcoholic, and will have six months next month! I think it's important to bring awareness to addiction issues, and while I'm not comfortable talking about my own issues on my main journal, I do write fiction. I have written several drug stories already, and it has actually helped me quite a bit in my own recovery.

I am working on a new one that deals with heroin addiction. I need to know what withdrawals are like and how bad they can get before going to the hospital is the only safe option. (I know you technically probably should go, but my character isn't and I'd prefer him not to.) Everything I've found online is so generic, but I am looking for more specific things, personal experiences or whatever you can share.

Thank you!

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful


Date:June 13th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
The easiest way to describe it is to think in terms of pain. The body makes natural pain killers that allow normal people to function. Heroin destroys that ability. A pinch feel like a dull red hot poker being shoved through your flesh. All you bones ache to the point you swear they were broken.
Unlike alcohol there is no 'need' to go to hospital in order to withdraw from heroin.

The worst ( It all sucks,,,,,big time) is the hyper sensitivity to stimuli.
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Date:June 13th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Okay. Thank you so much. This is very helpful.
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Date:June 13th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I agree.
Soooo don't miss those feelings.
Kinda makes me wonder why any of us stated in the first place. In retrospect that is.
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Date:June 15th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
I suggest searching for the movie, Train Spotting, or getting the book from the library. The movie, is about heroin addicts. It really shows you the nitty gritty of heroin.
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