Treatments of Heroin Addiction - SLO Recovery Centers

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What is Heroin?

Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive. The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant before it is refined to morphine, then further chemically modified to become heroin. Despite its deserved negative reputation for its high risks, heroin continues to be a commonly abused drug in the US.

Heroin is sold and used in a number of forms including white or brown powder, a black sticky substance (tar heroin), and solid black chunks. These different forms of heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected under the skin, into muscle, or directly into the veins.

Regardless of the technique of use, the drug delivers its potent effects quickly. As the strength of any street drug is hard to gauge from batch to batch, the potential to overdose on heroin is always a distinct possibility.

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Why Do People Use Heroin?

Heroin is abused for the immediate pleasurable feelings it can elicit, including:

  • A surge of enjoyable feelings called the “rush.”
  • A warm, calm feeling.
  • A heavy, slowed feeling in the arms and legs.
  • An increased sense of well-being and confidence.
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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of heroin abuse will depend on how much, how often, and how long it has been abused.

Immediate Symptoms

Some users report immediate negative symptoms from the drug like:

  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Itching;
  • Dry mouth.

Delayed Symptoms

Following the immediate effects of heroin, another set of symptoms begin to occur that involve the body slowing down and being less active and alert. These signs of heroin use include:

  • Feeling drowsy and sleepy for several hours;
  • Having a foggy mental state;
  • Slowed breathing;
  • Slowed heart rate;
  • “Nodding,” where the user will alternate between periods of being awake and asleep.

Signs of Long-Term Use

With continued use over a period of time, the person abusing heroin may exhibit other signs like:

  • Needle marks and bruising on the injection sites;
  • Skin problems like abscesses and infections;
  • Heart problems;
  • Disease in organs including the liver and kidneys;
  • Collapsed veins from repeated injections.
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Treatments of Heroin Addiction

Methadone is proved to be extremely helpful in treating heroin addiction.  It is substituted for the drug whose effects are extreme but which stays in the system for a short period of time. The quick advent of euphoria produced by heroin is a lot less intense when it’s produced by methadone.

Another long-lasting opioid is also Buprenorphine. It is considered to be more beneficial than methadone as it reaches a sublimation point after a fixed amount is consumed. Thus, the user starts abstaining from heroin out of fear for extreme and painful withdrawal symptoms. Medical drug detox treatment will comprehensively treat dependence on opioid substance abuse and ensure complete safety during the detoxification process.



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Treatments of Heroin

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