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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. Our detox program is one of the safest and most effective heroin addiction rehabilitation programs available.


Heroin is on the top of the list of problem drugs that cause the most disease and drug overdoses in the world. On the individual, heroin often 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 born diseases. 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.

Quitting heroin

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Often times heroin addicts chose not to quit due to fear of withdrawal; and, they make up reasons why they cannot quit at all especially not today and remain addicted. This is the typical behavior of a heroin addict and a great reason why professional detoxification services are in order. Heroin withdrawal is a number of signs that are recognizable and occur shortly after a physically dependent person stops using. Heroin withdrawal includes adverse reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness and insomnia. Medical textbooks refer to heroin withdrawal as Opioid Abstinence Syndrome. Quiting can be excruciating, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve been helping addicts quit, without discomfort, for many years. Many who attempt to quit experience cravings, obsessions and compulsions. Our detoxification program involvess our detox experts managing the detox process for you and greatly improving your chances for success. Heroin withdrawal symptoms are usually visible within 6-12 hours after your last use, then 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. Heroin alters your brain by entering the neurons and altering the chemicals that are released by those neurons. Heroin slows down the rate at which you think and react along with your decisions making. Your cognitive (learning, reasoning) and conative (desire, volition, impulse, strive) abilities are gravely affected by heroin use.

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It has been proven that early age substance abuse increases the chance of developing heroin addiction down the road. It has been noted many times that 90% of people that are addicted to heroin began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18. Heroin is very addictive because it enters the brain very rapidly, which produces a lot more pleasure than any other natural occurrence 100% of the time. 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. In 2014, a record number of 10,574 heroin overdose fatalities were confirmed. Psychological, sociological, biological and economic factors are the main influences relevant to when an individual may start using heroin. Most heroin addicts start in their early twenties and remain intermittently addicted for decades. Most tend to repeat cycles of using, quitting and relapsing that extend out over many decades.

Heroin overdose

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Many heroin addicts eventually overdose but still stay alive. When a heroin addict overdoses and dies it’s called a heroin overdose fatality. It’s estimated that 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 a heroin overdose include: 1. Gasping or not breathing 2. Pupillary constriction 3. Unresponsiveness 4. Clammy skin 5. Convulsions and 6.Coma. The signs of heroin use are: 1. A gravely voice 2. Drowsiness 3. Impaired mental functioning (inability to concentrate) 4. Slower respiration 5. Pupillary constriction

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