There is no question that heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs. The physical and mental cravings are as strong as any drug out there. What makes heroin so difficult to overcome is that once an individual is addicted; if they do not have the drug in their body they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms will make the suffering feel like they have flu like symptoms with sever body aches, stomach pains…Heroin addiction can get so bad that a person will need the drug just so that they can get out of bed in the morning.
Heroin addicts who want to become clean and free from the drug often make the mistake of trying to control the heroin addiction through the use of other drugs like Subutex, Suboxin and Methadone. The problem with these drugs is that while they may curve an individual’s desire to abuse heroin they can be just as addictive and destructive as heroin.
It is important to remember that people who struggle with addiction are likely using drugs and alcohol to mask other feelings that have never been dealt with. That means if these feelings are not dealt with in an appropriate manner then it is more than likely that the individual who is trying to escape heroin addiction will likely use some other drug as a crutch.
Suboxone, methodone and similar drugs are just as addictive as heroin. Substituting one drug for another is not the answer to becoming sober. The answer lies in first getting through the physical withdrawals with the help of a medically supervised detox and then working with therapist and certified addiction professionals at an addiction treatment center.