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Dec. 16th, 2006 | 09:50 pm
posted by: journaldeux in heroin_support

Hi, I just joined this community and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. My boyfriend has been using H for a few years now, and at the moment he's really trying to quit. Only a few of his close friends know about his habit, so he's trying to basically go cold turkey, except he's been taking some tranquillisers too many as he also suffers from panic attacks. At the moment we're in a long distance relationship, and I know that it's down to him to quit at the end of the day, but is there anything I could do atall to help or make it easier for him?

Thankyou for any comments.

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smooow

helping boyfriend

from: smooow
date: Dec. 20th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
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Hi and welcome to the community, First of your boyfriend has made the right move to come of H. its not going to be as easy as just stopping takikng it if hes been useing for over 2 years. If you bloke has access to the black market then tell him to look out for Subutex (Buprenorpnine Hydrochloride) he sould be able to get the tablets of beople he scroees from of other users he may know
or he may be able to get hold of some methadone as well from someone that will take away the cravings for H. cos hes going to be having rather alot.

I would try and incorrage him to see his doctor or phone a support network and get some help as its a realy big process getting yourself sorted out, if he is also having panic attacks this is going to making getting clean realy much harder.

the best thing you can do is be understanding and supportive of his needs and offer him incoragement and tell him to look to the future. be there on the phone if you can or write letters to him. also he needs to get out of the cercle that he is walkikng in of friends that use, a change in lifestyle will allways help.

if you let me know where he is living i will seee whats avalable in his area, im based in the Uk but can search world wide. if you can get him online and to join this group i will offer my support and help to him to help him through this process.

I hope this helps

steve

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Re: helping boyfriend

from: journaldeux
date: Dec. 20th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Thankyou very much for replying to my post. At the moment my boyfriend doesn't have anyway of getting online, and he's incredibley proud and private so I doubt he'd join this community anyway.
He lives about an hour outside Jo'burg in South Africa.
He says that I'm being understanding and that I'm doing all I can, but I want so badly to help him more.
I read your post above this one, I hope you do stay clean over christmas and that it's a good one for you. Take care.

Rebecca

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mramell

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from: mramell
date: Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
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You're very limited in what you can do for him at this point. You can encourage him, but after two years it's going to be very tough to go CT and the agony of it isn't likely to be a roaring success. Methadone would probably be his best bet at this point and subutex or buprenorphine (spell) would require his intake to be rather low. I wish I had had the resources to go that route myself, but that was a bit ago.
Methadone, while very effective also has its own little demons in that it is also very addictive, but it sure beats the alternative. Methadone does require a long term commitment to quitting using. I hope he is aware of his options. Do as much research as you can. There are a LOT of heroin help groups on the web these days. There wasn't much when I first started if anything at all out here.
Good luck to the both of you.

Marty

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Melinda_Psychedelia

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from: in_psychedelia_
date: Jun. 1st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
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Look into suboxone maintenance. worked wonders for me. www.suboxone.com I'd still be using without it, i know that. Or just find someone to get it from illegally for withdrawal, need maybe 3 -6 pills just for the withdrawal process all depending on how much he's using. but he won't even go through any withdrawal at all. if he doesn't have a job he can go to social services or human rescources whatever its called where you live, and get on medicaid and get benfits and go to a sub doctor. sometimes it can be expensive, but luckily i found a very cheap dr and my medicaid covers the meds. only 40 bucks a month. there are other things to help with withdrawal. If you take Immodium, it will help. may sound strange but, look it up do some research on things that help withdrawal.

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