How Quickly Can You Recover from Heroin Abuse?

how to recover from heroin addiction

There is no pause button for the book of life and you best be ready for every chapter to unfold. As so much positive and negative surrounds our presence, it becomes all about how we interact with these external forces. Actually reading into the game of mental gymnastics as we turn page after page trying to understand why we is, why we are, and why we be. When you’re up- it’s in the clouds, and when it rains it pours.

Does anybody remember the story of the little engine that could? Maybe this was something of just my childhood, but it’s a story of this live talking and emotion having train that over the course of ten pages of large print and illustrations has this internal struggle to overcome an obstacle of going up this rather large hill he or she wasn’t sure they could get to the top of. Sounds like the work of David Blaine or something. Alas, all the sorcery aside, the message in the story was the optimistic thoughts the train prodded itself with. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”, were the words muttered. Deep.  

Moving to the main topic of focus, a lot can be said the same about heroin abuse and the addict at hand stuck in the throes of alcoholic thinking. How quickly this person recovers is how quickly they want to encourage themselves to move up the hill and get to the top. Reaching into a pile of cliches and pulling one out, it’s important to remember that with heroin abuse involved life is only going to reap what you sow.


This book of life is already a tricky enough read as is, but then when you throw in the disease of alcoholism- it becomes a whole new chapter of focus. For the chemically dependent, heroin abuse literally becomes a way of life for those that like to partake in such life ruining debauchery. Wake up- heroin. Lunch time- heroin. Time to go to work- heroin. Bed time- a nice spot of tea with a few crumpets before we put our pajamas on. Sorry, that’s also slang for heroin. Heroin abuse becomes the wet soggy pages of your book that you’re still trying to turn without ripping and ruining the pages even further. Too much saturation and eventually the book will be illegible.

With a bit of luck and somebody wishing upon a star, none of us have to stay shackled to this way of life. Recovering from heroin abuse takes time and effort- it won’t just happen overnight. There are processes and ways of life that have to be recycled and other new ones adapted. For most addicts, whether heroin abuse or applying chapstick is your thing, getting rid of the substance is, of course, the first part. Then what?

Those that have let heroin abuse them and made it thru that chapter will usually tell you similar methods as to how they moved forward in the literacy of life. Most scenarios include

  • Working a 12 step program
  • Getting involved in Anonymous programs of the sort
  • Making friends having gone thru the same shtick
  • Changing patterns and routines
  • Indulging in healthy mannerisms
  • Thinking in a positive/proactive manner

These are things that generally need to be done to dry the pages out and move forward. Remember- I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.  

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All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

The thing that some struggle to recognize is that time is an illusion. If you allow yourself to be absorbed into the imaginative structure of your book and enjoy each page to its fullest, it won’t matter how long it takes to get out of such a chemically abusive relationship. Think about it, how long does it take one to enjoy life? Is there a finish line that we reach where we’ve hit the peak and it’s all unhappy experiences from then on out? No. As we begin enjoying ourselves and feeling that internal happiness returning, things begin to uncomplicate themselves as the end of your book grows ever nearer.

Just to reiterate, positive and negative will happen regardless. Eliminating heroin abuse from this story will make things much more pleasant though.

As we discard this way of life and move onto the prospects of a new one, we start realizing how difficult yet easy recovery actually is. It really doesn’t take that much to abstain from something that will knowingly destruct your life. When your mind is riddled with the chemicals of heroin abuse, sure it’s hard to see things rationally. However, once we can commence detoxification from the opiates– it’s like this filtered lens is then removed from our vision and perception of things. The focus of this only becomes clearer as we start various forms of introspection and gain self-awareness of ourselves.

The quickness of recovering from heroin abuse is all about action. Unfortunately, we cannot think away the disease of alcoholic thinking and we cannot wish ourselves to be opiate free suddenly waking up one day without withdrawing from the processed poppies that we have allowed to control our livelihood. We have to stand up to the obsession and toss all fear to the side. We’re only given this one book and we must create the quickness for recovery of heroin abuse. You are the author.

But It Doesn’t Have to be Here to Stay

Defeating addiction of all sorts means you have to believe in tomorrow. You have to believe that there is another chapter or sequel to your story. The reality of the situation is that this article wouldn’t have been read if there wasn’t some sort of concern. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and are ready for help, please call 1-888-481-1993 or visit  We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.

Content Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.