Heroin is an opioid synthesized from opium, which originates from the poppy plant. After entering the bloodstream, it is rapidly converted into morphine by the liver. Morphine is what actually produces the extremely euphoric and relaxed effects initially felt from heroin use.
Heroin use is a growing problem in the state of Pennsylvania. It’s the drug most commonly cited for drug treatment admissions in the state. A survey performed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy found that 7,000 patients cited heroin as their reason for admitting themselves into addiction treatment in 2010. This doesn’t include more than 4,000 who admitted themselves into addiction treatment for other opiates. Over the last fourteen years, admissions into drug rehab for heroin have increased from 9% to 24%.
Whether snorted, smoked, or injected, heroin is highly addictive and repeated use quickly leads to addiction and tolerance. As regular use diminishes the initial pleasurable feelings, the heroin addict will increase their dosage in an attempt to feel the initial high. The user will eventually use heroin just to be able function without being sick from withdrawal. Once a body develops a tolerance for the drug, users will have to inject themselves up to four times a day.
Heroin addiction is extremely dangerous. Users are unable to tell whether the heroin they are about to use is of high-purity or low-potency, making accidental overdose a common occurrence. Heroin users also face the danger of not knowing what substance was used to dilute the powder. A user may also mistakenly purchase “poison,” the street name for fentanyl, which has one hundred times the potency of heroin and will likely cause the individual to overdose.
Medically-supervised detoxification is strongly advised for users who want to quit heroin. Because of the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms, many users that attempt to detox find it extremely difficult to get through the withdrawal period and end up relapsing. Symptoms include restlessness, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, involuntary kicking and pain in their muscles and bones. Withdrawal symptoms begin as soon as six to twelve hours after the last dose was taken and increase over the course of several days, peaking within one to three days and subsiding within a week to ten days. Without proper supervision and addiction treatment users are also likely to succumb to “post-acute” withdrawal symptoms after this ten-day period.
Heroin Drug Rehab at A Center for Addiction Recovery
A Center for Addiction Recovery offers heroin addiction treatment in a 12-acre private facility. Our clinical staff consists of licensed social workers and mental health counselors, including therapists who specialize in heroin addiction treatment. Our addiction therapists are trained to understand the dynamics of such a disease, and when planning a treatment plan for each client, they take the client's past experiences into consideration, which may (or may not) include trauma, family and cultural backgrounds, and the client's present situation and life style. Our medical team consists of physicians, psychiatrists and nursing professionals. We have medical personnel on site 24/7 to ensure the safety and comfort of our clients during and after detox. Each client is given thorough medical exams and nursing assessments upon admission. Clients follow individualized detox protocols that are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. If a client's recovery is compounded by mental health issues, we offer a complete psychiatric evaluation and appropriate psychotropic medications, as indicated. After heroin detox is completed, we offer supportive therapies that promote total wellness, including: medical massage, chiropractic care, yoga and personal training.
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