Heroin addiction is a problem that claims thousands of lives every year. It isn’t only abused by seasoned drug addicts anymore, as even teenagers from the suburbs are becoming hooked on the substance. Heroin addiction treatment at a residential facility is often necessary for those who have developed an addiction to it.
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What is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive illicit drug that is derived from the poppy plant. Once used for routine pain management, it quickly became evident to doctors and patients how addicting this substance is. Even after the first hit, the user’s brain craves more.
Effects of Heroin Use
When heroin is injected, snorted or smoked, it is delivered into the bloodstream and causes an instant rush of euphoria, followed by a feeling of drowsiness. Long-term use of heroin causes liver and kidney disease, infection, and lung complications. Heroin overdose is a common risk because users often do not know what their substance has been mixed with, as the purity of street heroin is often unknown.
Your Body on Heroin:
- Feeling a “rush” of pleasure
- Depressed breathing
- Slow relay of messages regarding pain to the brain
- Slower breathing and blood flow
- Collapsed veins
- Bacterial infections of the heart and blood vessels
- Hepatitis B and C (and HIV) from shared needle use
Treatment for Heroin Addiction
There is hope for heroin users. The Discovery House’s heroin addiction treatment programs are staffed with a team of addiction professionals, therapists, and counselors that understand the importance of long-term recovery and bring a vast spectrum of knowledge to the treatment process. Our compassionate counseling staff works with individuals to target and work through the root causes of addiction, not just the symptoms. The goal at our long-term treatment centers for addiction is to help individuals and their loved ones build a long-term recovery foundation that lasts a lifetime.
We use a combination of proven techniques at our drug and alcohol treatment centers. Our addiction treatment services help individuals struggling with not only heroin addiction, but addiction to alcohol, opiates and other substances as well. We can help individuals get past their heroin addiction.
At our luxury rehab facilities, we help residents understand the damage their addiction is causing and provide them with solutions for the biological, psychological, sociological, emotional and spiritual issues that they struggle to address.