Many years ago, Jim Hogshire told me about a letter he received from a long-time junkie. The letter writer told him that he had wanted to get off heroin, but nothing had worked. Nothing, that is, until he read Jim's seminal book Opium for the Masses.
In this book, Jim explains how to make opium tea out of dried opium poppies that one can find at flower and craft stores. By doing this, the letter writer was able to switch from heroin to opium tea. Then, he was able to slowly ween himself off of the opium tea.
As most people know, I do not think that heroin is a terrible drug, but it is certainly the case that our culture has made a relatively benign drug into something that is extremely dangerous—both physically and legally. As a result, Jim Hogshire should be held up as a hero: a man that gave the world a new simple way to escape the trap that heroin addiction usually is.
Instead of being a hero, however, Jim was the first (and only, as far as i know) person to ever be prosecuted for possession of an opium poppy. That's right: the government tried to throw him in jail for owning a flower. But that isn't the point here. What is important is that Jim has spread the word about this miracle cure for heroin addiction more effectively than anyone ever.
I highly recommend that you buy his book, but you don't have to. All you have to do is take a couple of poppy pods, grind them up, add boiling water, strain, and drink. Be aware, however, it does not taste good. I've found that adding a little grape juice makes it more palatable.
You can look around for a local source of poppies, or you can buy them online. Rachel's Flowers and Weddings offers half-pound boxes of the pods for $189.95 plus shipping. This strikes me as kind of expensive, but then, so is heroin.