Heroin Warnings and Risks
There are so many severe risks and warnings for heroin. Heroin is an illegal street drug synthesized from morphine. This powerful opiate drug is a white or brown powder or a black tar-like substance. It has an enormous potential to lead to abuse, addiction, and possibly fatal overdose. Some people report becoming hooked after their first try. Users can snort, inject, or smoke heroin. All of these methods of administration rapidly deliver the drug to the bloodstream.
According to the CDC, there were 69,000 drug overdose deaths from 2018 to 2019. Of those deaths, seven out of 10 were due to opioids; nearly half of all overdoses due to opioids were fentanyl-related, and 22% were due to heroin. Currently, a significant risk of using heroin is that the user will get fentanyl. This drug is 50 times more potent than heroin, so the risk of overdose becomes much higher.
Heroin attaches to opioid receptors in the brain and body. One of the many heroin warnings is that it can quickly lead to tolerance, which is when the drug’s effects become diminished, and people need to take more and more to experience the same impact. Besides, heroin suppresses breathing and depresses the central nervous system. A heroin overdose usually involves the slowing or stopping of breathing. There are no medically accepted uses for heroin, unlike other opiates such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl. All use of heroin is abuse because of its legal status. Most people use heroin for the intense feelings of euphoria it can produce.
Heroin Addiction, Withdrawal and Treatment
Pay attention to the following heroin warnings. Continual use of heroin leads to physical addiction, which is a very intense and debilitating withdrawal period when a person stops using. Many believe heroin is one of the hardest drugs to detox from. People who reduce or abruptly stop using heroin suddenly may experience severe withdrawal symptoms within hours. These can include intense drug cravings, tremors, vomiting, body aches, and other flu-like symptoms. Since more severe symptoms can occur, such as seizures, people should not attempt heroin detox without professional help.
Many heroin treatment options exist, including detox, rehab, 12-Step programs, and faith-based initiatives. Some treatment programs offer opiate “replacement” or “substitution” therapy. This involves weaning patients with medications such as methadone or Suboxone. Waismann Method offers a safe and quick medical detox for heroin addiction that doesn’t use the replacements to assist patients in recovery. These opiate-based medications can also be habit-forming, essentially swapping one addiction for another.
Safe Medical Detox Offered to Rid Patients of Opiate Addiction Quickly
People who become addicted to heroin should detox in the safety of a medical setting where professionals can help manage pain and discomfort. Waismann Method’s rapid opiate detox for heroin takes less than two hours and is performed in a hospital where caring, supportive staff monitor patients closely. Intravenous medication cleanses heroin from patients’ opiate receptors. The anesthesiologist places each patient under deep sedation, so they remain comfortable and unaware of the detox. The medication we use speeds up withdrawal symptoms, which develop and subside while patients are under deep sedation. This means they can essentially skip a painful and degrading withdrawal phase.
The required stay in the hospital for patients is between 2 and 3 days, after which patients transition into our Domus Retreat recovery facility for a few extra days. Our compassionate, safe, and quick approach to opiate addiction puts the Waismann Method and Domus Retreat ahead of other opiate rehab programs.