Heroin Addiction and Abuse
Marked as one of the most abused opioids on the illegal market, heroin is an addictive, costly, life-stealing and family destructive drug. This morphine derived product endangers the life and freedom of tens of thousands of Americans. Overcoming an addiction to heroin requires a series of complex programs, including in-depth counseling and the need for a strong family support system.
We do not expect addicts to go it alone. Here at Blue Water Detox, we aim for long-term relief from one of America’s number one drug addictions. The following information will help you learn how to quit using heroin.
The Heroin Marketplace
Street heroin often sells as a mixture of substances, including other drugs, powdered milk, starch, sugar or quinine. In its most dangerous state, heroin is cut with strychnine or some similar poison. For the addict, this becomes a game of Russian Roulette. Without some means of identifying the actual strength or contents of the purchased product, the addict is at risk of instant overdose and death.
The most serious dangers associated with the abuse of heroin include:
- Overdose – The recent availability of more pure heroin supplies has increased the risk of addict overdose
- HIV – The shared use of injection equipment carries a constant threat of transmittable disease
- Long-term prison sentences – Dealing in heroin is a serious felony offense
- Mental and Emotional Instability – Drugs trigger various undesirable mental and emotional behavior patterns
- Death – This can occur instantly or come about as a long-term consequence of drug abuse.
As a national problem, many states report heroin abuse as the primary cause of drug abuse treatment admissions. A recent report from the Drug Abuse Warning Network estimates nearly 70 percent of the deaths linked to drug misuse involve an opioid product.
Immediate Effects of Heroin Use
Shortly after inhalation or injection, heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier and is quickly converted to morphine. When the morphine binds to opioid receptors, heroin abusers experience an intense and pleasurable “rush.” Side effects of the rush may include a dry mouth, flushing of the skin, a sense of heaviness in the extremities, itching, nausea and vomiting.
Soon thereafter, the heroin begins to affect the users central nervous system. Drowsiness sets in. Mental functions slow. Breathing and cardiac functions also slow. The risk of overdose is always present.
Chemical Dependency: Long-Term Damage Associated With the Use of Heroin
Addiction is perhaps the most detrimental long-term effect associated with the use of heroin. The drug reshapes the neurochemical and molecular patterns in the user’s mind. Compulsive needs set in. Tolerance increases and the physical dependence grows right along with it. The addict’s life-focus changes. Everything becomes heroin-centered.
Other long-term complications linked to heroin addiction include:
- Bacterial infections
- Collapsed veins
- Damage to the heart valves and heart lining
- Distrust among family and friends
- Infectious diseases
- Rheumatologic disorders.
Chemical Dependency: Breaking the Heroin Habit
Every user and every user’s family represents a unique need. Various treatments are available for heroin addiction. Methadone blocks the effects of heroin and has proven to be very effective at eliminating withdrawal symptoms. But breaking the habit involves much more than any single solution.
- Behavioral therapies
- Buprenorphine treatment
- Established support systems
- Family involvement
No group can package a precise cure that works for every individual. Here at Blue Water Detox, we help troubled people break the heroin habit. We adjust as you need to adjust. From heroin detoxification to behavioral management, we can help you and your family overcome this dreaded disease.
Take a moment to contact one of our intake counselors. A simple phone call can start you on the road to full recovery. If you are nervous about making verbal contact, just complete our feedback form. We will move slowly and help take the edge out of the first meeting.
Contact Blue Water Detox Today
If you or your loved one has found themselves in a losing battle with addiction, please seek help with Blue Water Detox. You are not alone in this fight. We understand what you are going through and we are here to help.
Call us today at the toll free number at the top of the page. If voicing your struggle causes anxiety, please simply fill out our form. We look forward to hearing from you.