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Heroin Addiction

 Heroin addiction is not something to take lightly. Heroin is an illicit, and highly addictive drug. It is one of the most abused and the most rapidly acting members of opioids. People who abuse heroin describe a feeling of pleasurable sensation, or “rush” or “high”. Repeatedly using high doses of heroin can result in physical dependence or addiction. Heroin addiction is best treated in an inpatient drug rehab center. There are many different styles of heroin addiction treatment programs available. It is very important for you to find the right drug rehab center to handle your heroin addiction. Our Heroin Addiction Specialists are here to help you find the best solution for yourself or a loved one’s heroin addiction. Knowing the different options for detox and treatment can be the difference between success and failure in recovery.

Treating heroin addiction will involve many steps to make the recovery process effective. For most people, there will be a need for a medical detox to alleviate the symptoms of heroin withdrawal.  Heroin addiction can sometimes include other drugs so it is very important to make sure that you disclose all of the drugs you are currently taking and have taken in the past 6 months. This will help the detox center for heroin addiction better diagnose and prescribe the best medications to make your detox go smoothly and as pain-free as possible. Do not try to detox on your own. Heroin withdrawal can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the length of heroin use, and the amount of heroin being abused on a daily basis.

We can explain the differences between a short-term rehab and a long-term inpatient center for addiction. This is a confidential phone call.  

What is Heroin?

Heroin has many nicknames and street names: Black, Black Eagle, Black Pearl, Black Stuff, Black Tar, Brown, Brown Crystal, Brown Rhine, Brown Sugar, Brown Tape, Chiba, Chieva, Chiva, Dope, Dragon, H, Big H, Hera, Hero, Heron, Heroine, China White, Mexican Brown, Mexican Horse, Mexican Mud, Junk, Sack, Scag, Scat, Skunk, Smack, White, Snow, Snowball, Tar, White Boy, White Girl, White Horse, White Lady, White Nurse, White Stuff.
Heroin derives from morphine that is harvested from the seedpod of certain poppy plant varieties. The opium that is harvested from the poppy seed has been cultivated and harvested for more than 5,000 years for use in many ailments and pain management. The first record of heroin was synthesized from morphine in and around 1874. Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company, marketed heroin from, 1874- 1910, as a cough suppressant, as a morphine substitute that is non-addictive. It was soon realized that heroin metabolizes quite rapidly in the system into morphine, after only a year of sales, Bayer was exporting heroin to 23 countries. 

Heroin-related deaths and addiction rates are at a level that has never been seen in the United States before. From 2011 to 2014 there has been a steep rise in the number of heroin-related deaths; over 10,000 overdoses alone in 2014, which is compared to 2002 where there were just over 2,000. With the steady rise in addiction rates, there needs to be something done before this addiction soon becomes an epidemic nationally. Recent strategies have been put into action that allow for easier access to Narcan ( the crucial life-saving drug) and the training of staff at schools and other public places helps prevent, recognize, and respond to overdoses.

Heroin Effects on Your Body

Injecting heroin increases the risks of lethal overdoses by allowing large amounts of heroin to enter the bloodstream all at once. Smoking and snorting heroin can lead to overdoses especially if the user has a low tolerance to the drug and adds on other substances to the mix, or overestimates the amount they are using. Heroin can be less potent or more potent depending on the level of cut and the purity of the drug that has been purchased. Most overdoses occur when a person underestimates the purity of the drug and uses the same amount they did previously. Overdoses can be prevented by educating loved ones, getting them trained to spot overdoses when they are in the early stages, and getting them the life-saving drug Naloxone.

Street Heroin can range in color from white to dark brown powder, brown tar to black tar depending on the cut and process it went through. The darker the color usually means that there is more cut in the heroin and the potency is lower. Do not be deceived though, some people use darker ingredients that will dye the heroin deceiving the user into thinking they need more of the drug for the desired effect.

Surviving Heroin Overdose

Heroin overdoses are similar to heart attack response, it depends greatly on the response time of the medical intervention. Most deaths from overdoses occur within 1-3 hours after the individual ingested or injected their drugs. Some states have 911 “Good Samaritan” immunity laws that protect and offer immunity to someone who is trying to help another addict who is overdosing on drugs. This type of law is something that all states and townships should have, to help people feel safe when trying to help someone who is overdosing on heroin. Faster response times for heroin overdoses can be the difference between life and death. Taking out the worry if you are going to go to jail because your friend overdosed can help get them the help they need quicker.

People who use heroin are at a greater risk of becoming not only mentally dependent but physically dependent as well. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin start to set in within 6-24 hours depending on the level of intake of the drug. Symptoms can include but are not excluded from sweating, muscle aches, and cramps, anxiety, depression, chills, nausea, diarrhea, and fever.
Sometimes a medical intervention can be used to help wean a person off of heroin at a slower rate, alleviating the withdrawal symptoms normally associated with heroin detox. 

If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to heroin, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our counselors will help you find the best heroin treatment program to help you overcome addiction to heroin. We can help you or someone you love find the best Drug Rehab Center for heroin addiction today. Addiction No More is an Addiction Treatment Center locator service. For immediate service, please call one of our counselors 24/7.


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