Heroin is an addictive drug that is also an illegal drug. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most serious drugs in the history of drug abuse and is near the top of the list when it comes to drug-related deaths. The statistics on heroin are staggering. For people in the U.S. over the age of twelve, nearly four million have used heroin at least once in their lives, with many of these users going on to become addicts.
Heroin is made from morphine, which comes from the Asian poppy. It is generally a white or brown powder, and can be injected, snorted or smoked to get the high. Of course, heroin users build up a tolerance to the drug, and find themselves using larger doses more often to try to create the same high they are used to.
Heroin has many negative effects on the body, including collapsed veins, various types of infections, pulmonary problems, and liver disease. Because many heroin users do not take care of themselves, heroin detox and heroin withdrawal can be a serious issue.
Heroin withdrawal symptoms include moderate to severe drug cravings, bone and muscle pain, insomnia, diarrhea, cold flashes and restlessness. Sudden withdrawals for habitual heroin users with poor health can be fatal. This is why choosing a drug treatment program for heroin detox is so important. Because heroin detox can be difficult, it is imperative that the drug detox process be closely monitored by caring professionals who do not want to punish the addict but want to help them overcome their addiction in a positive environment. Our facility is located in a tranquil and beautiful setting that allows our program members to go from addicts to healthy members of society once again.
Treatment centers that approach heroin addictions and heroin detox with a combination approach that includes medication, behavior modification and counseling are the most successful. Our treatment center is one of these. Our staff is caring and dedicated to making sure that the treatment process is individualized and effective. We not only use our heroin detox program to help the person to conquer their physical dependency on the drug, we also use it as a stepping stone to helping them also overcome their psychological dependence on the drug. We have an excellent staff to patient ratio and the tools your or your loved one needs to begin the heroin detox process and start living a clean life that is free of drug use and drug dependency.