Saturday, 26 April 2008

The Drug Experience: Heroin (Part 6)

This Briefing continues to look at the process of recovery from dependent drug use, as described in seminal research by James McIntosh and Neil McKeganey.

Nearly all the interviewees described previous attempts at trying to stop taking drugs which ended in failure. These failed attempts are not simply a waste of time and they may play a significant role in the process of recovery.

“One of the reasons why the transition is so difficult is because the individual has to get used to an almost entirely different way of life. The drug using lifestyle has provided much of the meaning, structure and content of the person’s life, often for many years, then all of a sudden it is gone and something has to take its place.”

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