Thank you all for your thoughtful replies.
it is true that there are cases of opiate and heroin users who become lifelong methadone addicts as well. It seems like with addiction there are no easy answers, as every person is different and the underlying psychological issues that fuel the addiction must be treated as well. What worked for my friend might not work for someone else.
I'm glad your friend was able to quit, and I tend to agree -- I know there are many underlying issues which fuel my addiction and I am currently in the process of seeing a couple doctors about them which I hope helps in that regard.
Even the withdrawals from that were terrible, does that affect your desire to try quitting..the withdrawals?
Yes, the withdrawal from opiates is absolutely horrible, on top of that opiates alter the chemistry of your brain and without them you can't experience normal emotions, I believe it takes months for you to regain the ability to 'feel happy', which makes it very hard to stay sober.. I think the depression from quitting is the worst part of trying to quit.
disassociating with like minded ( drug ) people for me was the first step. its better to change the city to get out of your habits. for me that was the only way.
This is a very good point -- they are freely available to me from family/friends at this point.. it seems like everyone uses them for something or another. So this also makes it very hard to disassociate from all my friends and family.
The mental part, that's almost trickier, though. Again, professional help may be the best avenue. You talk of "happiness" provided by opiates, but you should investigate that "happiness." Is it the "rush" you are fond of, or is it the "warm and fuzzy" glow of opiates, the feeling that nothing is worth getting upset about? Only you can figure this out, but I'd recommend honestly looking at what it is you consider the "benefit" and, after identifying it, analyse it to see if it is really what you think it is. Opiates play tricks on us, you know....alcohol is similar. I wish I could offer more concrete help, but I think you can knock this thing, personally.
I am going to be receiving professional help soon (At least in the form of a psychologist/psychiatrist), but I think im going to take the solo route for quitting the opiates. As I mentioned previously, Sure the high is a part of what makes it addicting, but opiates also change how your brain works on a chemical level, it changes the way we perceive pain, and it changes the chemicals which regulate our emotions, so it can take many months for an addict to regain normal emotional states. So when I talk of happiness, I mean I can't experience it without them, it's just a constant depressed mood until I take a dose, and the depression hurts even more because the body/mind is used to not feeling any pain.
To quit, you have to want to, and to want you, you have to have some hope, to be able to at least imagine find some happiness in life.
You have a friend.
I do have some hope these days, and I thank you very much for this sentiment. Same for everyone for responded. Thank you all very much.
It will be nice to have this monster off my back... haha.