You will never know the effects of heroin if you do not use it yourself. No matter how much you read and learn about its effects, as long as you do not actually experience the sensation, you will never know exactly how it feels.
The best you can do to help the addict is to understand the consequences of the drug and know what it actually does to your body. You can then sit and converse with the heroin addict and get him aware of all that you know. The individual is most likely to know all that you will tell him, but it is important to let him/her know that you care for him.
Understand what they are going through because it’s not easy for them.
The will to get rid of the heroin addiction is the most fundamental and pivotal aspect. If a person does not have this will he/she is more likely to falter in the latter stages of the treatment. Sometimes even this will power is not enough to curb the addiction, but the best you can do help is keep the hope alive and never let the addict lose hope.
Hope is what keeps everything in the world alive. If you take that away from somebody then they are just as good as dead.
You have to remain strong and endure all that the addict throws at your face. You should bear in mind that the the patient is more than likely to throw a lot of tantrums. Take charge of your emotions and deal with the addict accordingly.