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Drug Abuse Treatment Case Study: Using Heroin Addiction to Avoid Negative Feelings

Posted on :  August 19th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug abuse case studies show how successful the right treatment program can be. Learning about the individual lives that have been affected by drug abuse is a good way to discover how to help people you know who are currently abusing drugs.

This case study is about a woman who turned to heroin as a way to manage difficult relationships with her ex-husband and her boyfriend. She first tried heroin when her boyfriend suggested that she try it so she could be in the right state of mind to talk to her ex-husband about their children and their child support payments. Unfortunately, she found heroin to be too good to stop using.

She did make a smart move by contacting a methadone clinic for help. She stopped her relationship with the boyfriend, so she could take care of herself and get things right. She walked into the clinic while shaking and wearing filthy clothes. She was given the option to start a methadone program or enter into an inpatient treatment program to detox without drugs. She chose the methadone program. She eventually transitioned into buprenorphine. She stayed off of heroin for five years, until a bad memory popped back into her life.

As a teen, she was raped by an uncle. Her parents found out about it and never got in contact with the family member again. She was living a satisfying life without heroin, until the uncle knocked on her door. All of the memories came back and she had no idea what to do. She called the police, but since no one ever contacted the police after the rape, there was nothing that could have been done when he stopped at her house. She slammed the door, locked it, and called her ex-husband. He took their children back to his apartment for safety purposes. But, this left her alone with her racing thoughts and anxiety.

She called the ex-boyfriend and got back into heroin. She knew this wasn’t the right thing to do, but she felt like she had no other option. She knew of no other way to get the memories out of her head. Her ex-husband ended up keeping the children for longer than they expected and she did not do anything to get them back. She stopped working and let the boyfriend move in with her. They did heroin as often as possible, and mixed the heroin with alcohol, too. She spent the majority of her time either high or drunk.

Even though her parents knew about the rape, they never did anything because they did not know what to do. So, she never received any psychological support. She stopped talking to her parents, because she always thought they did not care much about her. All of the negative, disturbing memories were too much for her to manage, so she contemplated suicide. Fortunately, her counselor at the methadone clinic contacted her after she did not check in for a scheduled appointment. This was a turning point in her life.

The counselor talked to her on the phone for what felt like an entire day – even though it was only about 20 minutes. The counselor talked her into coming to the methadone clinic, just so they could talk face-to-face and get her some support. Since she was high, the counselor had a taxi cab pick her up to bring her to the clinic. Upon her arrival at the clinic, the counselor had a car ready to take her to an inpatient clinic where she could get the help she needed both physically for the drug abuse and mentally for the psychological abuse.

She remained at the inpatient clinic for three weeks, while her children stayed with their father. She went back on methadone and is expecting to transition back to buprenorphine when the time is right. She recognizes that she has lost a significant portion of her life to drugs, but with her complete support, she feels that she can get back to work and live a successful life.

For more information on cases like this, contact Towards Recovery Clinics.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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