Saturday, 26 April 2008

The Drug Experience: Heroin (Part 9)

In this Briefing we continue to look at Patrick Biernacki’s research, which involved interviews with 101 people who had recovered from heroin addiction without treatment.

People who have been addicted to heroin report experiencing cravings for the drug long after they have given up using. Many people who have relapsed and gone back to using the drug after a period of abstinence attribute their relapse to their cravings for the drug.

“Thus, when people experienced heroin cravings, they “reinterpreted their thoughts about using drugs by placing them in a negative context and supplanted them by thinking and doing other things.”

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