The Benefits of Heroin Treatment
Heroin is a derivative of the opium poppy. It is an extremely potent, highly addictive substance that has taken the lives of many people. Heroin is a depressant. It can come in many different forms such as white powder, brown powder, and a thick sticky substance resembling tar (hence the nickname “black tar”). Heroin can be smoked, sniffed, eaten or injected. Most people who begin using heroin start off smoking or snorting it because they fear the thought of sticking needles in their arm. But as the abuse progresses users will overcome that fear and start injecting the drug to receive a much faster, more intense effect that can only be achieved by using a needle.
Heroin affects the body in several different ways. Your body’s nervous system is an apparatus for sending signals from one part of the body to another. Heroin causes those signals to slow down. For example, if a person on heroin is sick or in pain, their body might not notice that well and react the way it would normally. It can also slow down your breathing, sometimes to the point where a user will completely stop inhaling and die. Heroin addicts that inject it also suffer from collapsed veins, creating very poor blood circulation. Long term heroin addicts will often “muscle” the drug due to lack of visible, usable veins. “Muscling” is when a user injects a drug directly into a muscle or fatty tissue. This form of injecting is less popular because a user won’t get the rush they normally would if injected directly into a vein. There are also serious health risks that can come with “muscling”. The most common risks are abscesses. Abscesses can host infections which can spread into your blood and throughout vital organs.
It can be extremely difficult to try and kick an opiate habit. Heroin addicts can experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms generally include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, cold sweats, insomnia, and in some cases suicide. It’s common for opiate addicts to go through some form of medical detox when trying to get clean. Medications like Methadone or Suboxone are given to addicts to help wean them off slowly providing a more comfortable detox process.
Once an addict completes the detox process it has been proven beneficial for them to participate in some kind of residential or outpatient drug treatment program. There is also 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous that are highly regarded by its participants for helping them maintain a sober life and discover great connections with other addicts who have shared similar experiences. It can also be beneficial for an addict to attend some kind of therapy. This can help discover the cause of their heroin addiction and provide life-long growth opportunities.