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Phoenix Heroin Rehab

Because heroin is highly addictive, cheaper than opiates, and easier to acquire, it’s one of the scariest street drugs in the world.  The plague of heroin has spread from back alleys into middle-class and even elite neighborhoods, causing grief for people of every socioeconomic status. There are heroin addicts in every developed nation.

Education is a powerful tool, and we believe that it’s important to know what heroin is and how to help someone you love recover from a heroin addiction including placing them into our Phoenix rehab center for heroin.

What Do I Need to Know About Heroin?

Heroin is often entangled with opiate addiction because they share the same root source, the resin of poppy plants. The most common source of heroin is Southeast Asia and South America. The resin starts as a powder that may be brown or white and is often mixed with starch, powdered milk, or sugar. Most heroin users snort heroin in powdered form, or they smoke it. Heroin can be used independently or added to other drugs.

Another cheaper and more common form of heroin is processed as “black tar,” it’s a sticky brown or black substance that often comes from Mexico and is injected into the user’s vein, underneath the skin or into muscles.

What Are the Effects of Heroin?

Regardless of how it’s consumed, heroin is a fast-acting drug. It’s converted into morphine once it enters the brain and binds to opiod receptors. The users of heroin report that the experience provides an instantly blissful rush, and instantly eliminates all of their stress and fears. Heroin can also cause a physical feeling of warmness, a dry mouth, vomiting that may or may not be accompanied by nausea, as well as itching.  The high generally lasts a few hours, and when it wears off, users report feeling confused, mentally clouded, fatigued and have difficulty staying awake.

How Addictive is Heroin?

Prolonged heroin use actually creates changes in the structure of the brain, making heroin addiction hard to reverse and difficult to treat. The white matter in the brain deteriorates and hormones are off balance indefinitely. Finally the neurons in the brain don’t fire correctly, as they would in a non-addicted brain.

In addition to the brain damage of physical dependency, heroin can be psychologically addictive, too. Withdrawal symptoms often start shortly after a dose is taken and users end up devoting all of their time and energy into getting high again. Heroin becomes an addict’s main priority in life.

Unless the underlying emotional causes that drove the addict to self-destruct through drug use are addressed, the chances of recovering from a heroin addiction are slim.

Is it True that Heroin Linked to the Prescription Drug Problem?

Yes, the mergence of “pill mills” and the over-prescribing of opioid medications has resulted in massive levels of addiction.  As a result, prescription narcotics have become more expensive and doctors are less likely to prescribe them.  In the US, heroin dealers operate outside of the law, and aren’t subject to tracking of inventory and controlling a user’s habit. Heroin is cheaper and easier to acquire than prescription narcotics, and addicts don’t generally care what they’re using, as long as it gets them high.

What is the Greatest Risk Factor for Heroin Addiction?

The greatest risk factor for heroin addiction is becoming addicted to prescription pain pills.

What Makes Heroin So Deadly?

Over half of all overdose deaths in the United States are from morphine and heroin. In large amounts, both of these drugs suppress the body’s reflex to breathe, and interfere with the autonomic nervous system’s instinct to keep the heart beating.  Without medical help, a heroin or morphine overdose patient will die.

In addition to the potential for overdose, life-altering conditions like sepsis, an infection of the blood, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis can be the result of using intravenous needles that haven’t been sterilized. Collapsed veins, kidney or liver disease, and pneumonia can also strike chronic users.

What is the Treatment for Heroin Addiction?

Because of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings, heroin addiction is one of the more difficult addictions to treat. Treatment is available, however. Normal brain function and behavior have been restored through pharmacological as well as behavioral therapies. Successful treatment of heroin addiction often involves many components like detoxification, medication and behavioral counseling.  Addressing concurrent disorders and afflictions is also important, as well as long-term follow-up designed to prevent relapse.

How Do You Help?

We use a holistic approach that incorporates holistic, behavioral, and pharmacological therapies.

Our goal is that each of our patients is clean and sober, as well as personally invested in our inpatient treatment program. We believe it’s important to explore the underlying reasons for the addiction, as well as to examine the role it’s played in their life. Following treatment, a continuing care program is designed for each patient that is designed to meet their need for ongoing treatment.

We are here to help. To learn more about our approach to treating heroin addiction, please contact The River Source of Phoenix today.