Establishing a successful drug recovery after prolonged heroin addiction is considered to be the toughest endeavor in one’s life.
I have seen and realized this through the turbulence that the drug created in one of my closest friend’s life. Heroin is also clinically called Diamorphine, which is famous for its sudden onset of action in inducing euphoria and other psychological effects.
After partying all day with colleagues including myself, my buddy set off in his small SUV to his home happily. As he was overly drunk, we all suggested to have someone else, who was a social drinker, and sometimes would not take alcohol at all, along with him to drive the car; but he refused to do so.
We reluctantly let him drive him himself, and as we all feared, he ended up in a car accident after he rammed his car into the back of a parked cargo truck on the highway.
In the hospital, he was diagnosed to have a fracture in his shoulder and the spinal chord. We all rushed to see him to the hospital. When we saw him, he was writhing on the bed due to the severe stabbing pain originating from the fracture site.
The doctor said that he must be administered severe pain medications such as Diamorphine, which on the street is heroin. My friend’s family members initially were reluctant to put him on such an addictive and strong drug, but we were the forced to take this course of medication upon seeing his imminent suffering from the fracture.
Once he was given a dose of Diamorphine, the symptoms started to resolve gradually. My friend told us that he was feeling okay. Even though we were worried a bit, the strength and relief he had got from the administration of the medication made us happy.
The next day, when I went to inquire him about his wellness, I found him to be seemingly craving for the Diamorphine. Because he asked the nurse each and every time, she came into the room, to do routine checkups about when the next dose will be given. It seemed to me as if he was begging her for the drug.
I alerted and questioned him if he was getting addicted to heroin. However, he managed to deceive me by deviating my attention that he had developed some pain again. Then I let it go.
The hospital discharged him and advised him to be on complete rest until he was fully alright. After getting home, he started to abuse the Diamorphine almost liberally whenever he wanted not adhering to the doctor’s advice.
Eventually, we caught him using almost the entire bottle in the first week he would get it refilled. We knew he had a problem, told his family, and got him out of this state before it got out of hand.
We took our friend to a psychiatrist who treats substance abuse as well to give him a proper counsel. With his family and friends full moral support, he is successfully recovering from the grip of heroin. Mind you, this was only a few months after being given the drug in the hospital.
This goes to show just how addictive some these opiates are, even someone given these drugs in a medical setting has a chance of becoming dependent. Luckily, we got our friend help in time, but let this be a caveat to anyone out there noticing addictive behavior in their friends, even after a medical procedure. Get them help before they get out your control and it may be too late. It might be hard, but it is the best thing to do.