People who have found heroin addiction recovery have discovered a way of life that allows them to overcome their desire to get high on a regular basis. Getting to this point is not easy and it takes a lot of effort. Most addicts will not have the energy to make this kind of effort, and will end up relapsing over and over again. Those who do will discover an awesome new life in recovery.
Getting detoxed is the baseline for recovery. You can’t get started on a new life unless you get totally clean from all drugs and alcohol. This can probably be done best in a medical detox center or a drug rehab of some sort. These can be expensive and unfortunately this will prevent a lot of addicts from getting clean. If you do have the opportunity to go to rehab, you should take full advantage of it and make sure that you go. It is an awesome chance to turn your life around.
After you get out of detox, you will probably be in residential treatment. At this point they are going to be trying to teach you how to live a clean and sober life, while also helping you out with group therapy and things like that. In some cases they might be digging for issues that might have caused you to use and then attempt to deal with those issues. Some people question as to how important this really is for recovery, as they believe you can simply move forward and forget about the past and be able to stay clean. Others will point out that even the 12 step program has you look carefully over your past and attempt to make peace with it in several different ways.
Sounds like a lot of work and effort, right? Recovery is like that. If you want to stay clean and sober then you have to take lots of action and you have to do the footwork necessary to stay clean. You do not necessarily have to follow a 12 step program, but you have to do something. Taking action is the most important part of your recovery effort and without taking massive action, you are going to relapse for sure. Staying off of heroin or other drugs takes a concentrated effort in creating a new life for yourself. If you are not excited about your new life then you are doing it wrong, and will eventually return to using drugs.