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We often receive questions about addiction programs and what to do when trying to recover from addiction. Here are a few which we have received and answered:

Will he relapse?

by Ava

I split up with my heroin addict boyfriend, after losing my home and getting into great debt. He stole money and things from around the house and spent every penny we had on it.

I went through a year of hell with him, to the point where I almost had a nervous breakdown. Despite all of his stealing etc, he was such a loving person and I know he loved me deeply. I saw him recently and he looked well and said that he was on methadone and that he is gradually weaning himself off it and wants me back!

Will he stay clean or is it likely that he would do all of those things to me over again?

Nothing but Recovered
by: dodyudia

Narcotic addiction makes us do things we do not realize may be hurting the people we love. I also never did anything like that before when I was in addiction. Be thankful we are already free to recall it. If you want to make sure your boyfriend does not do it again, then make sure he is completely free from methadone and other demon's drugs.

I can only give you the information is up to you to decide. If we are to the doctor, the doctor will only divert our addiction to other drugs. For example, replace Methadone with Suboxone or other drugs. The doctor said it would heal ... fact, we will only remain addicted just another type of medicine ... I've been there and I know, so I decided to look for other alternatives that effect cure.

May God help us all who will try to free themselves from the snare of illicit goods. And rest assured, I'm also concerned about your situation because I know that and I never experienced it here.

Establishing Consistency

by: Ned Wicker

Dear Ava,

You were smart to get away, as there is no future with someone who is using. He may be a warm and loving person, but you need to keep your distance and look at the reality. He has already done a lot of damage to you financially and I can only imagine the emotional toll your relationship took on you. Now he is on methadone.

What else is going on in his life that would give you any sense that he is on firm ground now and capable of living a clean and sober life? Is he in a recovery program, not just using methadone, but a real program that will help him rebuild his life?

I would suggest Al-anon for you. You need emotional support and guidance to keep yourself from falling into another emotional and financial pit.

If over time he gets his life back together, gets off methadone and proves to you that he is a solid, reliable and stable person, perhaps your relationship could rekindle. Odds are against that happening, so be careful.

Yes he will relapse leave him!

by: Anonymous


My ex-husband is still a heroin addict I believe there is a high chance of relapse we were together for ten years ..

I was 14yrs, now I'm 23years with two of his children that he has no contact with. Before I married him I knew he had a addiction which I helped him overcome. He had a implant inserted, he was clean in total for two years. He went back on it again for no apparent reason, he just felt like treating himself .

Anyways cut the story short he relapsed we starting fight heaps because of his use he started to cheat on me with a girl who accepted him using heroin and then took all my savings his daughters savings stole all my jewelry, plasma TV, etc.

It was hell for me prevent with my second daughter, he did all of that to me. We haven't seen him in three months he is now doing house robberies and the best thing I ever did was have no contact with him.

You don't wanna be in love with a heroin addict he doesn't love you, he loves his drug and he will keep everyone in his life who he can con money out of.

They're all liars, manipulating weak minded people who can only help themselves get out before you fall pregnant!!!! Get him out of your life!!! You deserve way better then a heroin addict. Someone who can put you high up on a pedestal and give you what you want!

Take care and all the best.

Still want to use?

by Stephanie

I was on prescription morphine for four years and about seven months I went through detox, I want to know if it is normal to still want to take it, even though I really know that if I do I'll lose everything again, and everything will turn to crap.

When will wanting it go away and when can I call myself sober. I know I had an addiction to morphine, but people who didn't know me said that it's my fault not the doctors, I didn't do this to myself, not on purpose, and everything got so low that I attempted suicide twice, thank God I failed but i just want to know if it's ever going to leave?

Your cravings should go away over time

by Debbie Wicker

Dear Stephani,

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that can attack any of use if we use a drug that our brain is susceptible to becoming addicted to. Likely, you have a predisposition to opiate addiction that neither your doctor nor you knew about when the morphine was prescribed. Often, addiction to opiates begins with taking a prescribed pain killer and then not being able to quit taking it when the pain goes away.

Opiates change our brain chemistry in ways that are not well understood. Also, each of us is wonderfully and uniquely made, so each of us is effected differently by morphine when we use it. You likely have brain chemistry that predisposes you to addiction whenever you use any opiate. That's why when you stop using it you brain still craves it.

How long these craving will last is also different in each of us. But opiate addiction is characterized by relapse and therefore cravings are a huge issue with opiate addiction recovery. There is help for this with Suboxone or Methadone. I recommend you immediately go to your doctor to ask for help to continue your recovery and to avoid relapse. Your doctor can explain to you what's available and help you to make the right choices as you move forward in your recovery.

I also recommend that you begin attending 12 steps meetings daily, using AA or NA. Go to meetings and find a female sponsor who can support you in your recovery and help you to get the best resources available to you.

Good Luck and hang in there,


and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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