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Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the Asian opium poppy plant. Also, heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.”
Current figures indicate that almost 950,000 U.S. adults and teenagers use the drug at least once a year, and its popularity has risen steadily since 2007. Also, close to a quarter of all heroin users ultimately develop a physical dependence on the drug and become addicted to heroin.
In addition, the American Psychiatric Association categorizes heroin addiction as a subtype of a condition known as opioid use disorder, which includes all forms of opioid addiction and opioid abuse.
People from all walks of life get lost to substance abuse. You are not alone. In addition, if you or a loved one is abusing opiates, heroin addiction treatment in Lantana, FL can help. See if you recognize these symptoms of heroin abuse in yourself or a loved one.
Heroin is converted to morphine once it enters the brain. It binds quickly to opioid receptors and the body’s natural chemicals that release hormones, regulate pain and give a sense of internal peace. In addition, the reward center of the brain is activated, which causes the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine. Also, like all other mind-altering substances derived from the opium poppy, heroin’s effects include:
The desirable effects of heroin quickly deteriorate. In addition, heroin also slows down the rate at which nerve cells in the brain and body communicate with each other. Also, among other things, this impaired communication results in significantly slowed breathing and changes in normal blood pressure levels. In addition, physical symptoms of heroin addiction may include:
In addition, heroin produces a clouding of the mind and reduced mental function.
All methods of using heroin can lead to addiction and other severe health problems. Since heroin ramps up sensations of pleasure, users of the drug sometimes take it repeatedly in an effort to extend or recreate its pleasurable effects. Unfortunately, as is true with all other opiate drugs, recurring heroin use alters the part of the brain responsible for producing pleasurable feelings and sets the stage for opioid addiction.
Once addicted, heroin users experience:
These issues can be addressed at an addiction treatment center in FL.
Early trauma, genetics and exposure to drugs can all play a role in causing heroin addiction. Also, one of the most harmful, lasting effects of heroin use is addiction. Heroin produces profound problems along the road to addiction including:
Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be life-threatening. In addition, quitting heroin is extremely difficult and dangerous on your own. Also, detox should take place in a medically monitored detox setting where medical professionals treat pain with evidence-based medications. Major heroin withdrawal symptoms typically peak between 24 and 48 hours after the last dose of heroin and subside after about a week. However, some people have shown persistent withdrawal signs for many months.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms may include:
Heroin can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked — routes of administration that rapidly deliver the drug to the brain. Since heroin is not made in regulated conditions, it also commonly contains impurities or additives that can produce a range of potentially harmful effects.
Bad heroin or too much heroin can easily lead to a deadly overdose. Heroin abusers are also in danger of overdose when they have a dual diagnosis, such as a mental health disorder or other substance use disorder like alcohol addiction or prescription drug addiction.
Heroin claims thousands of lives every year. But there is hope even in the darkest times. The first step is to reach out for help. Once you are stabilized and beginning to heal from the physical effects of the drug, you can start addressing the psychological and emotional issues behind addiction.
Lucida Treatment Center can help you recover from heroin addiction. We offer:
Lucida offers compassionate residential treatment for addiction. We also treat primary mental illness. In addition, we can help you get to the heart of your problem. Speak confidentially with a Lucida recovery specialist at 1.866.947.7299.