BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Results from a recent study issued by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and released by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that the overall number of heroin abusers rose by nearly 90 percent – from 213,000 to 399,000 individuals – since 2007. The study also found that within this same time span, the number of first-time users rose 70 percent, from 106,000 to 180,000 individuals, with the average age of 25 and persons as young as 12 years old trying the drug for the first time. The Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification, a pioneering medical opiate detoxification procedure, echoes these findings and today reported a significant increase in the number of teenagers and young adults seeking treatment for heroin addiction.
“Although Oxycontin remains the number one opiate among patients, heroin is quickly catching up as the drug of choice among impressionable teens and young adults,” says Clare Waismann, addiction specialist with the Waismann Method. “In our facility alone, we have seen an alarming spike in teenagers and young adults requesting treatment for dependency to heroin, which is why it is so incredibly important to educate parents and young adults about the health risks and potentially fatal dangers of heroin before dependency develops into a life-long social-psychological addiction issue.”
The same SAMHSA survey showed that one in eight teenagers under the age of 18 believe heroin is “fairly” or “very” easily accessible. Given this mindset, the Waismann Method urges teens and young adults to recognize the dangers of heroin abuse and take charge of their dependency by seeking proper care.
“Immediate treatment and proper care can help individuals avoid potential overdose, eliminate the risk of social addiction and mitigate other potentially irreversible behaviors,” continued Kavin. “At the Waismann Method, we understand the relationship between the brain’s physiological function and addiction, can safely reverse the chemical dependency on opiates, and ultimately allow people to return to a drug-free lifestyle.”
Waismann Treatment for Heroin Abuse
The Waismann Method of Opiate Detoxification is a pioneering medical procedure, which provides a safe and humane treatment for opiate dependency. Performed in a hospital intensive care unit, the Waismann Method carefully administers medications to reverse the physiological dependence on opiates while the symptoms of withdrawal are addressed. During the procedure, the patient experiences minimal conscious withdrawal, and afterward enters the Domus Retreat for continued physical and mental care.