The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there are more than 600,000 U.S. individuals who use heroin. Heroin use has been associated with number of different infectious diseases, which include IADS, HIV and even Hepatitis. It has been estimated that 5,000 individuals pass away every year in the United States from overdosing on heroin.
What Exactly Is Heroin?
An opiate drug, heroin comes from an opium poppy plant similar to that of morphine. The NIDA states that roughly 25 percent of the individuals who utilize heroin will becomes physically dependent on the drug. Heroin is available in a brownish or white powder. It can also come in a sticky black substance that is often called as “black tar”. Heroin can be injected, sniffed, smoked or snorted. If it is mixed with other drugs, such as opiates, benzodiazepines or cocaine, it can increase the chances of overdose and accidental death.
When the drug enters the brain, it provides a euphoric feeling. This gives the feeling of warmth, but it also impairs judgment, causes drowsiness and can create dry mouth. Over time, with extended use, it can create a tolerance, which can lead to the user needing more of the drug to reach the same level of euphoria.
Heroin Use Signs and Symptoms
There are many side effects that are associated with the use of heroin. These can include nausea, vomiting, constipation, twitching, slurred speech, nightmares, convulsions, hallucinations, decreased breathing and skin that feels itchy. There are also long-term health issues that comes into play, including liver failure, pulmonary problems, respiratory issues, brain damage, heart damage and increased overdose risk.
Medical Detoxification from Heroin
There are a lot of withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin detox. These symptoms begin appearing a few hours after the last heroin dose and really begin to peak about three days after stopping heroin. These symptoms include diarrhea, agitation, insomnia, jerking of the extremities, bone pain and muscle pain. It can be very painful and uncomfortable. The symptoms can last anywhere from about four to seven days, depending on just how much heroin is in the system.
Some people decide to take a detox approach from heroin on their own. They will visit their health care provider and receive medication that will help them deal with the withdrawal symptoms. However, others seek an inpatient facility that utilizes IV therapy and has on-site supervision so that your pain and discomfort can be managed on an ongoing basis. This tends to be the safest and most comfortable method for most patients since there is round-the-clock medical care.
After Heroin Detox
Once the detoxification process has been completed, you may need help leading a drug-free life. It isn’t easy getting back to a normal life after you have been on drugs for so long. Our medical facility can help you learn certain behaviors and lifestyle changes that will help you achieve life-long success and take control of your life. It is possible to put drugs behind you and we can help you do that at Shadow Mountain Recovery.