Men and women who are in the throes of active heroin addiction will go to great lengths to get their hands on their drug of choice. Many individuals who have since recovered from active heroin addiction have a long list of “war stories,” many of which include the crazy things they did to get their next fix. Some people admit to walking miles and miles in the snow to meet their drug dealer in some dark alleyway. Others admit to stealing jewelry from their grandmother and pawning it at a local shop to get enough money to get high. Still, others admit to stooping to levels they never saw themselves stooping to. Addiction is an extremely powerful disease, and heroin is one of the most addictive chemical substances available. It is not uncommon for men and women who are in early recovery for heroin addiction to continue experiencing intense psychological cravings. If the individual enters into a long-term continuum of care, one that includes medically monitored detox and inpatient addiction treatment, there is a very good chance that these psychological cravings will be effectively treated using a combination of Medication-Assisted Treatment and therapeutic care. If the individual is attempting to quit on his or her own, the cravings could easily lead to relapse.
Was Heroin Created as a Prescription Drug?
In some cases, individuals who are attempting to quit on their own find themselves in a tricky situation – they do not want to revert to using heroin, but they do not want to stay sober. In cases like this, an individual might start to wonder if there is a prescription version of heroin. Is there something that can be taken safely – something that can produce similar effects, but would not be considered a “relapse” for all intents and purposes? First of all – hold the phone. Remember that taking prescription medication (or any other chemical substance) in order to feel its mood and mind-altering effects is considered a relapse. When it comes to sobriety, there are no loopholes. While some prescription opioids do produce similar effects when taken in exceptionally high doses, this is certainly not the way to go about alleviating psychological cravings.
Prescription Version of Heroin
If you are asking yourself whether or not there is a prescription version of heroin, it is probably a good idea to take an honest look at your intentions. First of all – no, not really. Heroin is in a class of its own. As previously mentioned, some opioid narcotic painkillers like morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone can mimic the illicit chemical substance when taken other than as prescribed by a medical professional. When heroin was first synthesized and created, there was a prescription version for a short amount of time in the early 1900s but that quickly changed once people figured out the addictive nature of the drug. Heroin is now illegal and a Scheduled Drug which means that possession of the substance makes you criminally liable and will get you arrested. These painkillers are all potent and highly addictive, and should never be taken for any reason other than to treat pain, and definitely should not be taken in high doses or for extended periods. If you are researching which prescription medications mimic the effects of heroin, you could probably use some intensive addiction treatment and Medication-Assisted Therapy. If this is the case, give Evoke Wellness a call!
Comprehensive Heroin Addiction Recovery
At Evoke Wellness we have extensive experience working closely with men and women of all ages who have been suffering at the hands of heroin abuse and addiction. We know just how devastating and disruptive associated cravings can be – not just in very early recovery, but during the first several months of sobriety. Our team of clinical and medical professionals knows what combinations of proven medicinal interventions and effective therapeutic methodologies work to reduce these cravings, allowing you to focus your full attention on your recovery. For more information on our comprehensive and clinically proven program of heroin addiction recovery, feel free to reach out to us today. We look forward to speaking with you and answering any additional questions you may have.