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Heroin Abuse

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Heroin abuse is an illegal act, with no accepted medical use. Using heroin one time can lead to addiction for some. However, for others, it may take a few uses. Since all heroin use is recreational, addiction is almost a certainty with repeated use. Drug manufacturers synthesize heroin from morphine and the abuse of this drug is a major problem in the U.S. As with other opiates, regular use can cause a person to develop a tolerance, requiring them to continually increase their dose to feel the effects. Over time, the escalation of doses and use produces a physical dependence to heroin. A physical addiction to heroin is present if the body goes through withdrawal upon cessation of use or gradual reduction. In addition, because heroin can be extremely potent, the accompanying withdrawal is equally intense.

Heroin Abuse Can Be Devastating to Health and Society

Using heroin can be extremely damaging to a person’s health. In addition to the risk of addiction and a painful withdrawal, users also risk complications including overdose, death, respiratory arrest, serious heart infections, collapsed veins, abscesses, pneumonia, miscarriages and infectious diseases including hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. Heroin abuse can be extremely destructive in other ways as well. For example, once addicted, users become preoccupied with getting the drug and using it. The need to use heroin quickly becomes overwhelming and all-consuming. As a result, this can lead people down a path of risky behavior in their quest to get a “fix” and/or avoid the sickness withdrawal produces. Heroin abuse can ruin relationships, destroy careers and lead to serious legal problems. The societal impacts of heroin abuse are astounding. The fallout impacts the medical establishment, criminal justice system and courts.

How Heroin Works on the Body

Heroin abusers use different routes of administration. For instance, it can be injected, smoked, snorted or sniffed, all of which deliver the drug quickly to the brain. All of these routes can lead to addiction and other health risks. Once heroin makes its way to the brain, it’s converted to morphine and binds to opioid receptors. These receptors are located in the brain and throughout the body, especially in areas involved in pain perception and pleasure/reward.

Heroin Abuse Treatment

Waismann Method offers an Opiate-Free Solution to Heroin Abuse by utilizing an effective medical treatment in a full service accredited hospital. Moreover, the quadruple board-certified physician uses sedatives to maintain comfort and the effectiveness of the detoxification. Waismann Institute, in its exclusive location in So. California has been the leader in advancing medical opiate detoxification and rapid detox medical treatment. Our commitment to provide superior medical care and unmatched results is just as strong today as it was two decades ago. Moreover, our success is mainly due to our individualized care and attention to the patients’ needs, the experience and qualification of our quadruple board-certified medical director, facility credentials and our all-inclusive and comprehensive recovery center.
Our patients are provided with:

  • A private room in a full-service JCAHO accredited hospital
  • Individualized attention and privacy (we never treat patients side by side)
  • Quadruple Board Certified Medical Director (Addiction Medicine, Pain Management and Anesthesiology)
  • Cardiologist assessment
  • 20-years of superior reputation
  • Multiple medical detoxification methods offered, based on each patient’s specific needs
  • 2 to 3 days inpatient hospital stay
  • 2 to 7 days stay at our exclusive Domus Retreat recovery center
  • A couple of weeks of individual follow up psychotherapy
  • All food, transportation, lodging and around the clock care (patients can come alone and once admitted, they will be under our care around the clock)

If comfort, safety and effectiveness is your priority when seeking a heroin abuse treatment, then the Waismann Method Medical Group should be your only choice. Feel free to call us 7 days a week at 1-310-205-0808 for more information and options. 

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