Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin addiction treatmentThere is little statistical evidence provided of the recent rise in heroin addiction. There has been an increase though, as the escalated opiate painkiller use creates a natural tendency for something stronger and less expensive such as heroin. Many yount people today who thought the "harmless" prescriptions they were abusing are now seeking treatment for heroin addiction as a result and this is a very real threat.

Contact us today to speak with a counselor that can help find a treatment center for someone dealing with heroin addiction.


Heroin Abuse

An addictive drug that is processed from morphine and usually appears as a white or brown powder. There is also black tar heroin which is a resin-like substance that often comes from Mexico.

In 2007, there were 106,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used heroin for the first time within the past 12 months. The average age at first use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 21.8 years in 2007.

In 2006, 560,000 Americans age 12 and older had abused heroin at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.

Heroin is usually injected, sniffed/snorted, or smoked. Typically, a heroin abuser may inject several times per day.

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Heroin Treatment

One of the biggest healthcare scams in the history of your nation has been the advocation of drug replacement therapy for the treatment of heroin addiction. Giving methadone, LAAM, or buprenorphine (Suboxone) long term to a heroin addict will only replace one addiction with another and will never solve the actual problem of addiction.

Despite any promoted benefits or reduction in overall harm, opioid maintanence therapy is only a patch treatment at best and does not treat the addiction itself - only the symptoms of it.

Heroin use produces tolerance and dependence, which drive the compulsive use and abuse. As with abusers of any addictive drug, heroin abusers gradually spend more and more time and energy obtaining and using the drug. Once they are addicted, the heroin abusers' primary purpose in life becomes seeking and using drugs. The drugs literally change the way they act and think.

Physical dependence develops with higher doses of the drug. With physical dependence, the body adapts to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is reduced abruptly. Withdrawal may occur within a few hours after the last time the drug is taken. Symptoms of withdrawal include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), and leg movements. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 24 and 48 hours after the last dose of heroin and subside after about a week. However, some people have shown persistent withdrawal signs for many months.

Despite many addicts desiring a medically-assisted detox to avoid withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction, it is very rarely necessary. There are grueling symptoms but people "kick" heroin in a social or drug-free setting every day and there are proven therapies to help alleviate much of the withdrawal symptoms.

Contact us today if you or someone you know needs heroin addiction treatment and would like to find a treatment center that is successful.

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