Heroin Addiction, Effects,Withdrawal and Treatment
Heroin is an opioid drug and one of the most dangerous illegal drugs on the street. The semi-synthetic opiate is a central nervous system depressant and can cause heroin addiction, sometimes within the first couple of uses. It can be taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked. The drug travels quickly to the brain with these routes of administration. Users who inject the drug also put themselves at risk of collapsed veins, contracting HIV or hepatitis and of developing skin abscesses.
Heroin was actually legal in the U.S. for a time, marketed as a non-habit-forming cough suppressant and replacement for morphine. Recognizing that heroin was powerfully addicting, Congress in 1924 banned the manufacturing, sale or import of heroin. Heroin is derived from morphine which is taken from the opium poppy and is usually seen as a white or brown powder or a black sticky substance known on the street as “Black Tar” heroin.
Street Names for Heroin
- Black Pearl
- Big H
- White Lady
- China White
- Mexican Mud
- Black Tar
- Brown Crystal
- Brown Sugar
Heroin’s Addiction Effects on the Body
Heroin is converted to morphine in the brain and attaches to opioid receptors, involved in the body’s pleasure and reward system and perception of pain. The extreme euphoria or “rush” experienced by users – especially those who inject it – is what usually causes people to continue and escalate their use of heroin. When a someone injects heroin directly into their veins, the expected euphoria or rush occurs within seconds, when the drug is sniffed or smoked the same effect can take 10 minutes to occur. Use often causes dry mouth, warming sensation of the skin and heaviness of arms and legs. Heroin users are also known to nod off, alternating between being awake and asleep.
With repeated use, heroin causes the person to need more and more amounts of the drug to get the same effect, what is called tolerance . A tolerance can develop with regular use, causing users to chase the same intensity they first experienced by increasing their dosages. The risk of a heroin overdose is high and can cause death. Other health issues cause by heroin addiction can be:
•Bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
•Liver or kidney disease.
•Lung issues, such as pneumonia caused by poor health.
•Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and other infectious diseases.
Heroin Withdrawal Syndrome
A physical addiction to heroin happens when the body adapts to its presence and withdrawal symptoms set in if dosing is reduced or stopped altogether. The symptoms can kick in within hours of taking the last dose. Withdrawing from heroin can be mentally and physically challenging and absolutely requires medical intervention to ensure safety. Withdrawal symptoms can include:
- strong drug craving
- insomnia, diarrhea
- bone pain
- cold flashes
- goose bumps and trembling. Most major symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose is taken and subside after about a week. Abrupt withdrawal after chronic, heavy use can be fatal, especially in those who are in poor health.
Waismann Method: Opiate-Free Solution to Heroin Addiction
Waismann Method Medical Group has offered an effective medical solution for those suffering from heroin addiction for almost two decades, by utilizing the most advanced medical detoxification procedures available today. Heroin addiction can be devastating and destructive, not just for the user but for the family and loved ones. In recent years, the purity of heroin has increased while the price has decreased. This makes it more attractive to users who are looking for a “fix.” Other opiate-derived medications such as Methadone and Suboxone are also available to help reduce cravings and other withdrawal symptoms, but has the potential of being addictive as well.
The Waismann Method of accelerated drug detoxification uses a completely opiate-free process to rid patients of their heroin addiction. The medically-supervised treatment is performed in a full service accredited hospital, where sedatives are used in order to maintain comfort and the effectiveness of the detoxification. The Waismann Method Medical Group has been the leader in advancing medical opiate detoxification and rapid detox. This commitment to providing superior results for patients suffering with heroin addiction is just as strong today as it was two decades ago.
Our success is mainly due to our thorough attention to the patients needs, commitment to outstanding care, individualized attention, quadruple board-certified medical director, facility credentials and our all-inclusive and comprehensive recovery center.
A Safe and Effective Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Individuals seeking the most advanced heroin addiction treatment worldwide, will find it at the Waismann Institute, exclusively located in So. California. We are constantly evolving and improving our methods of treatment, while setting higher standards for others in this field to follow. Our staff is committed and dedicated to providing the highest quality individualized heroin detoxification treatment in a professional, private and compassionate environment.