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Heroin

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs. Heroin addiction can lead to many challenges in daily life, ranging from safety and harm reduction issues, to financial issues, and sometimes, simply surviving.

Opioid Use Disorder
Details of the diagnostic criteria for Opioid Use Disorder, a new substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.

What to Expect from Heroin Withdrawal
This article explains the symptoms that are commonly experienced when people go through heroin withdrawal.

Heroin Use
Describes research indicating that some heroin users can control their use without becoming addicted, and the process that determines whether or not people become addicted to opiates.

Heroin Addiction
Explains the characteristics of heroin addiction, as distinct from non-problematic heroin use and heroin abuse.

What Is Methadone?
Answer to the question, "What is Methadone?"

Should I Come Off Methadone?
Common question from an addictions.about.com reader about coming off methadone.

What Is Buprenorphine?
If you have a problem with opiate dependence, burprenorphine may be the medication for you. But it isnt for everyone, so read more about this potentially helpful drug to find out if it would fit with your treatment plan.

What Is Suboxone?
Glossary definition of suboxone

What Is a Needle Exchange?
Needle exchange services provide injection drug users with clean needles, safe disposal of used needles, and sometimes other resources such as condoms, health advice, and access to treatment services.

How to Find a Needle Exchange Program
By their very nature, needle exchange programs require a private and secluded location. This protects the privacy of people who attend the program. So where do you find one, without revealing your drug addiction?

Safe Injection Sites
An overview of safe injection site, places where people can go to safely and privately inject drugs.

A Day in the Life of a Heroin Addict
A fictitious account of what it is like living with heroin addiction on a day to day basis.

Five Heroin Movies
Five movies about heroin and heroin addiction.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone With a Drug Addiction
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or just plain clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends. If a friend, partner, parent or child is struggling with a drug addiction, avoid hurting their feelings by avoiding these or similar comments.

Can I Combine Drugs and Breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but if you use drugs while breastfeeding -- whether prescription, over the counter, recreational or illicit drugs -- they may cause problems for your baby. How can you decide whether or not to breastfeed your baby if you are on medication, drink, smoke or take drugs?

Five Harm Reduction Tips for Heroin Users
Heroin use is a high risk activity, and is best avoided completely. However, heroin users can take steps to reduce the potential harm of taking heroin.

What is Asphyxiation?
Answer to the frequently asked quiestion: "What is asphyxiation?"

Five Ways to Curb Your Drug Cravings
Cravings are a normal reactions to discontinuing drug use. They can easily trigger a relapse, but try these simple strategies for curbing your cravings before you score another hit.

Understanding a Heroin Addict
Trying to understand a heroin addict? Understand how a heroin addict feels before, during and after taking heroin.

How CBT Helped Jamie Quit Heroin
Here is an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped Jamie quit heroin. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are typical of people who come for treatment. Jamie’s story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help people to quit heroin.

Suboxone Helps Heroin Users Quit
Extended use of the drug Suboxone (buprenorphine-naloxone) for twelve weeks, in conjuntion with counseling, produces better outcomes in young adults being treated for opioid addiction than use of the same drug for a two-week detoxification period, followed by counselling alone.

What Is an Overdose?
Glossary definition of the terms overdose.

Opiate Intoxication
Opiate intoxication article, from about.com's health topics A-Z.

Opiate Withdrawal
Details of opiate withdrawal, from about.com's health topics A-Z.

How to Quit Heroin
Addictions guidesite readers share their strategies for how to quit heroin.See submissions

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced anxiety.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

Evidence-Based Therapy for Addiction
Therapy for addiction is big business. And people struggling with addictions, and their loved ones, are often desperate by the time they seek help, but are overwhelmed with the multitude of options promising a new life free of alcohol and drugs, while real life stories warn of relapse and life savings thrown away on ineffective scams. So how can you make a wise decision when you don't know what is truly effective? The main evidence-based therapies for addiction are covered in this article.

I'm on Heroin and my Boyfriend Beats Me
I live with my boyfriend, who gives me heroin. He often hits me, but I'm scared to leave. What should I do?

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