Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It is among the most abused and the most deadly of the opiates. Heroin abuse has been on the rise in the United States for the past two decades. Heroin and other opioids work by binding to pain receptors in the nervous system and brain, blocking pain signals to the rest of the body. Legal opioids like morphine, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and codeine provide temporary relief from pain.
Heroin is typically sold as a white or brown powder or a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.” It is usually injected, sniffed, or smoked. The effects of heroin can be felt within minutes. Users report feeling a “rush” (an intense euphoria) followed by a “high” (a sense of well-being and relaxation). Heroin addiction can occur quickly and requires a professional heroin addiction treatment program to treat properly.
A medical detox program is the easiest way to slowly remove heroin from your system. Contact Solution Based Treatment & Detox by calling 833.999.1941 if you need help managing your heroin addiction in Murrieta, CA at our substance abuse treatment program.
Why Do People Use Heroin?
People use heroin because they are desperate for relief. Heroin has no approved medical use in Murrieta–or anywhere in the US–but it is one of the most widely abused drugs in the country. Many heroin users began as individuals with legal prescriptions for opioid painkillers, usually following major surgery or severe injury. These prescription painkillers are intended for short-term use but are habit-forming. When a patient has developed a dependency on opioid medication but can no longer legally obtain it, they become desperate and often turn to illegal heroin.
Some heroin users may not be satisfying an existing addiction but instead seek the drug for the rush of temporary relief from the pain and daily anguish caused by severe past trauma (including sexual assault, abuse, violence, etc.) and dual diagnosis. Heroin users report feelings of intense euphoria and a complete, temporary absence of all psychological distress and physical pain upon administering the drug. These effects are similar to those experienced when using drugs like fentanyl, morphine, hydrocodone, and carfentanil. They include:
- Semiconsciousness (nodding out)
- Avoiding friends and loved ones
- Severe itching and picking at the skin
- Damaged veins and tissue
- Slurred speech
- Constipation and stomach cramps
- Heart and lung infections
- Sexual dysfunction
- Liver and kidney disease
- AIDS and Hepatitis C
- Collapsed veins
- Bacterial infections
- Respiratory distress
- Constricted, pinpoint pupils
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Require Professional Heroin Rehab
Once the opioid-induced euphoria is gone, the user is left despondent, vomiting, and desperate for more dope. Users begin to experience symptoms of withdrawal a few hours after sustained use. After a long period of heroin use, withdrawal can lead to serious medical complications. That’s why quitting “cold turkey” is dangerous. The drug detox program at Solution Based Treatment helps clients experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms from using heroin include:
- Hostility toward others
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Extreme pain in muscles and bones
- Uncontrollable bouts of sadness and crying
- Intense cravings
Substance use disorder (SUD) leads to isolation as it destroys important relationships with friends, family, and coworkers. Obtaining the substance becomes the driving motivation of the user; when left untreated, people with SUD are unable to rebuild the coping mechanisms they need to live meaningful lives. People who depend on heroin can sometimes avoid an overdose, but the effects of heroin will eventually take their toll. Enrolling in a medical detox program is the safest way to detox from heroin and avoid many of the dangerous, uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal. The heroin addiction treatment at Solution Based Treatment & Detox provides options for people who are tired of letting heroin control their existence.
Recovery Activities in Murrieta, California
Treatment for heroin use disorder most often begins with medical detox in a residential program. Our compassionate and professional staff provides individualized treatment plans for our clients that address their specific behavioral health needs. We offer multiple levels of care in addition to our residential program, including our intensive outpatient program, partial hospitalization program, and dual diagnosis treatment. We use the latest evidence-based therapies to treat underlying conditions and address the root causes of addiction.
Even after participating in individual therapy, family therapy, and peer support groups, readjusting to daily life may be challenging. That’s why we offer recovery activities, including:
- Faith-based recovery program
- Rock to Recovery
- Relapse prevention
We also encourage our clients to join an exercise program. Aftercare programs, meditation, and mindfulness are other great recovery activities. When our clients complete treatment, we provide individualized discharge plans to help continue their ongoing recovery.
Don’t hesitate. Call Solution Based Treatment & Detox at 833.999.1941 if you or a loved one live with heroin addiction and get on the road to recovery today.