Heroin Treatment Centers
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Heroin is not only one of the most dangerous drugs out there, but has seen exponential growth in its distribution and consumption in the last decade. Synthesized from morphine, heroin is an opioid drug extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. It takes the physical form of a white or brown powder, or sometimes a black sticky substance.
Heroin itself is inactive until it is injected, inhaled or smoked and enters the body where it converts back to morphine.
According to statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the excessive use and increased popularity of heroin in recent years has caused the death toll to increase by 45 percent from 2006 to 2010.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
Heroin and the brain
When heroin enters the brain, it is converted back into morphine, binding molecules on cells known as opioid receptors. These receptors are located in numerous areas of the brain (and in the body), especially those involved in the perception of pain and reward. Opioid receptors are also located in the brain stem, which controls automatic processes critical for life, such as blood pressure, arousal and respiration.
Heroin overdoses frequently suppress breathing, which can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia can have short- and long-term psychological and neurological effects, including coma and permanent brain damage.
Studies have also depicted some deterioration of the brain’s white matter due to heroin use, which may affect decision-making abilities, the ability to regulate behavior and responses to stressful situations.
Signs/effects of heroin
When injected, heroin bypasses the liver, crossing the blood-brain barrier where it creates strong feelings of euphoria, relaxation and imperviousness to pain.
Side effects include:
- constricted pupils
- epidermal and vascular infections
- liver, kidney or lung disease
- constipation and gastrointestinal cramping
- collapsed veins and depressed heart rate/breathing that can lead to death
Heroin’s natural toxicity and the impurities it is laced with as well as its strain on the body weaken one’s immune system, often exacerbating many of these issues:
- a loss of motivation in school and work
- apathy towards interpersonal relationships and hobbies
- lack of attention to hygiene/appearance
Chronic use of heroin leads to physical dependence followed by severe withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can begin as early as a few hours after the last drug administration. These symptoms include:
- restlessness and agitation
- muscle and bone pain
- diarrhea and vomiting
- cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”)
- kicking movements (“kicking the habit”)
- Severe craving for the drug during withdrawal, which can precipitate continued abuse and/or relapse
Treatment with Sovereign
Sovereign Health is among the top heroin rehab centers in the country. Our professional experts possess the skills and expertise necessary to effectively treat heroin addictions. It is common for many to lie to their family members, health care providers, or anyone who tries to stand in the way of their addiction, making treatment and recovery more difficult than it already is. We take into consideration all aspects of our patients’ needs and symptoms, understanding the fact that it’s not easy for the patient. We have our eyes set on the goal of recovery and will motivate you throughout your journey.
Fortunately, there are options for treatment and heroin addiction help is available for those who are suffering from this potentially deadly disease.
Heroin addiction treatment consists of a number of different treatment programs and support groups as well as medical care options. Most patients will require a combination of medical care, therapy and support in order to effectively achieve a full, lasting recovery from heroin addiction.
Treatment of heroin addiction begins with detoxification, and is often followed by medication maintenance therapy and counseling. We closely monitor our patients during detox due to the crippling withdrawal symptoms, all the while encouraging and supporting them. Since heroin also has profound impacts on the brain, we employ our brain wellness program and cognitive behavioral therapy to restore the brain to its recovered state. This allows us to effectively focus on an all-encompassing approach that helps a patient more than just regular treatment. We focus on the patient’s cognitive health, nutrition, sleep, social relationships and physical well-being, treating the patient as an individual entity.
We fully recognize and appreciate all aspects in which addiction takes over one’s life. Essentially being a brain disease, we treat addiction as such. Our treatment programs are based on empathy and support. Our goal is your well-being.