Saturday, 26 April 2008

The Drug Experience: Heroin (Part 7)

Many people believe that if you try heroin, then you are on the path to ruin. They consider that addiction to heroin is inevitable, and the route to being drug-free again is extremely difficult, if not impossible. Many treatment professionals believe that it is essential that a person who becomes dependent on heroin has treatment to recover.

During this Background Briefing we look at the research of Patrick Biernacki in the mid-1980s, which shows that people can recover from heroin addiction without treatment.

“Thus, few, if any stories circulate in the addict world about people who have succeeded in their voluntary efforts to stop further opiate use.”

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