Overcoming Heroin Addiction Today
An addiction to heroin is difficult to break without professional help. It is a powerful opiate that releases an intense chemical production of dopamine and endorphin within the brain. This chemical stimulation triggers the brain’s internal reward system sparking a desire or craving for more heroine as the body is influenced by an abnormal amount of feel-good dopamine and endorphin hormones. Research shows that nearly 25% of those who try heroin will become addicted.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shares data that reveals a USA heroin epidemic is impacting men and women of all income levels and in most age groups. DEA studies show that within the time-frame of just six years, 2007 to 2014, the use of heroin within the United States tripled. Opioid deaths have been tripling in more recent years. In 2015, the DEA estimates that there were 600,000 heroin users in the USA and more than 47,000 fatal opioid overdoses in just one year.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a heroin or opioid addiction, it is possible to achieve and maintain sobriety with help. The MDMA addiction treatment center can offer the tools, intervention and support necessary to conquer addiction and live a happy and healthy life free of heroin.
Heroin is an extremely addictive substance. It is a powerful painkiller that is synthesized from morphine that comes from natural poppy seeds. All drugs that are derived from poppy seeds are classified as opiates. First-time heroin users commonly describe experiencing a euphoric high, but longer-term users describe a very different experience. They begin to rely on heroin to maintain a sensation that they describe as feeling normal.
This is due to the fact that the body becomes reliant on the abnormal amount of feel-good chemicals induced by heroin to feel normal. The brain naturally releases smaller amounts of dopamine and endorphin feel-good chemicals to reward behavior that encourage eating and survival. Unfortunately, heroin quickly links to the activation of these chemicals and manipulates the body’s reward system.
As time passes, the body builds a tolerance to heroin and requires more and more of the drug is to feel its effects. The tolerance is what typically leads to dependence because the individual finds they require more of the drug in order to feel normal. The individual increases their dosage to experience the effects and also to fight painful withdrawal symptoms. This demand and the increased usage place them at a steadily increasing risk of serious and even fatal overdose.
Treating Addiction to Heroin
Heroin addiction is a very serious addiction that most people cannot simply stop. Heroin withdrawal may last more than a week and includes extreme and potentially dangerous mental and physical symptoms that are very hard to fight alone. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
• Muscle spasms
• Intense cravings
• Troubled respiration
• Severe nausea
• Abdominal discomfort and pain
• Agitation and irritation
• Difficulty experiencing pleasure
The first step to addiction recovery is detoxification, and a detox program provides a safe and comfortable alternative to withdrawal. Detoxification is overseen by compassionate and caring medical and trained mental health and addiction specialists who treat and limit symptoms and complications while relieving pain, as the patient’s body adjusts to its new drug-free state. Supervised detox is available in a MDMA inpatient program.
Heroin Supervised Rehab Process
After detoxification, an intense therapy treatment is provided in a MDMA 30, 60 or 90-day inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment facility. Inpatient and outpatient rehab care are recommended based on the individual case history. Inpatient care is best for individuals who have a high risk of relapse, need additional support, who are addicted to a serious substance or who have a dual mental health diagnosis or addiction to another substance.
Addiction Rehab Therapy
Inpatient rehab therapy provides individuals with a structured daily routine with active support groups, daily professional therapy and physical activities such as hiking, yoga and exercise. Typical inpatient heroin rehab is 30, 60 or 90 days but may be longer for individuals who are experiencing severe addiction.
• Individual, one-on-one therapy
• Group therapy, peer support
• Behavioral therapy, including healthy stress management
• Support groups
Medication may be provided during a compassionate, supervised detox such as methadone. This is a long-acting opioid that is prescribed by medical professionals. It stimulates opioid receptors in the brain similarly to that of heroin but without dangerous symptoms including euphoria. This medication is used to help individuals stay in treatment and to get free from heroin and to gain the tools needed to stay heroin free.
Help is Available
The intense physical withdrawal and psychological grip of heroin require the help of professional addiction treatment. The compassionate and knowledgeable help provided at MDMA Addiction will give you or your loved one access to the best recovery treatment available. Contact us today and talk with an addiction specialist who can point you toward a new path of lifelong sobriety.
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