About Heroin Addiction
Addiction is a complex and relapsing condition that not only exerts a powerful influence over the brain but changes it.
StepHouse Recovery Addiction Healing Center has been helping heroin addicts recover for many years – with great success.
Heroin is on the top of the list of problem drugs that cause the most disease and drug overdoses in the world. Heroin damages the circulatory system, which often causes abscesses, ulcers, and thrombosis.
If you include dirty needles, then heroin also increases the risk of contracting blood-borne diseases.
Heroin alters your brain by entering the neurons and altering the chemicals that are released by those neurons.
Health problems related to heroin abuse include Heroin Overdose, Hepatitis C Virus, Hepatitis B Virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Heart Infections, Lung Infections, and Skin Infections.
However, StepHouse Recovery’s detox program is one of the safest and most effective heroin addiction rehabilitation programs available.
Quitting Heroin and Withdrawals
Often times heroin addicts chose not to quit due to fear of withdrawal.
Heroin withdrawal has a number of signs that are recognizable and occur shortly after a physically dependent person stops using.
Withdrawal includes adverse reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, and insomnia. Medical textbooks refer to heroin withdrawal as Opioid Abstinence Syndrome.
Symptoms are usually visible within 6-12 hours after your last use. They get a little worse before slowly subsiding over the next several days.
Heroin withdrawal syndrome usually lasts 7-10 days total and sleep disturbances and heroin cravings may last weeks or months longer.
Medical detox is very important because it resets your body and mind so you don’t have lingering effects.
It also slows down the rate at which you think and reacts along with your decisions making. Heroin use greatly affects your cognitive (learning, reasoning) and conative (desire, volition, impulse, strive) abilities.
StepHouse Recovery has been helping addicts quit heroin, without discomfort, for many years.
Quitting can be excruciating, but it doesn’t have to be. Many who attempt to quit by themselves experience symptoms like cravings, obsessions, and compulsions.
Our detoxification program involves our trained experts managing the detox process for you and greatly improving your chances for success.
Heroin & Substance Abuse
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid that causes many overdose deaths. Many people who abuse heroin also use other drugs, sometimes as many as three or more.
Heroin and other substances:
Marijuana users are 3 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
Alcohol users are 2 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
Cocaine users are 15 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
Other opioid users are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
Heroin is very addictive because it rapidly enters the brain, which produces a lot more pleasure than any other natural occurrence.
It has been proven that early age substance abuse increases the chance of developing heroin addiction down the road. In fact, 90% of people that are heroin addicts begin smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18.
It affects regions of the brain that are responsible for producing a physical dependence. Heroin is the most toxic recreational drug available, making it very easy to overdose.
Psychological, sociological, biological and economic factors are the main causes to begin taking heroin. Most heroin addicts start in their early twenties and remain intermittently addicted for decades. There is a repeating cycle of using, quitting and relapsing that occurs over many decades.
Signs of Heroin Use
- A gravelly voice
- Concentration problems
- Slower respiration
- Pupillary constriction
In 2014, a record number of 10,574 heroin overdose fatalities were confirmed.
Many heroin addicts eventually overdose but still stay alive. A heroin overdose fatality occurs when a heroin addict overdoses and dies. In fact, for each heroin overdose fatality, there are at least 25 near misses. In 2014, there were over 10,574 heroin overdose fatalities, which means at least 264,000 near misses.
Signs of Heroin Overdose
- Gasping or not breathing
- Pupillary constriction
- Clammy skin