Heroin Addiction Treatment
Heroin, an opioid made from the morphine substance within the seeds of the opium poppy plant, is a pain-relieving drug that alters the chemical composition of the brain. Once in the body, heroin converts back to morphine, which creates a sense of euphoria. It is powerfully addictive.
The short-term effects of heroin use include dry mouth, the sensation of heavy hands and feet, and clouded thinking.
But the long-term effects can be devastating. They include:
- Constipation and stomach cramping
- Liver or kidney disease
- Collapsed veins
- Heart valve infections
- Lung issues, including pneumonia
In addition, heroin addiction can result in some of the worst physical and psychological dependencies a person can suffer.
In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) writes that approximately 23 percent of heroin users become dependent on the drug. That addiction begins with a user’s first hit, which causes a change in brain cells.
Without professional help, thousands of heroin users in the United States die each year. At the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in 2016, President Barack Obama said that more people are being killed by opioid (including heroin) overdose than traffic accidents.
“I think the public doesn’t fully appreciate yet the scope of the problem,” he said, according to Bloomberg News.
At JourneyPure Emerald Coast, we’ve seen these consequences up close, and we’re here to help clients battle through their addictions.
What to Expect?
Attempting to overcome a heroin addiction alone is not easily done and can lead to serious consequences without medical assistance. JourneyPure Emrald Coast recognizes several steps that a client must take:
- Seek immediate help from a reputable rehabilitation center that can provide the professional and medical support needed.
- Undergo cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling to understand the reasons behind drug use.
- Learn how to manage cravings and regain a sense of self-worth and meaning in life.
- Embrace the fact that recovery isn’t easy. It’s an ongoing process that requires hard work.
We believe that healing the body and mind will contribute significantly to living a sober and meaningful life.
Because heroin withdrawal symptoms are swift, severe, and sometimes even fatal, treatment usually begins with medical detoxification. By going through this process, the drug user will experience the difficult effects of detox — which may include nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, joint pain, fever, or extreme anxiety — in a medically-supervised, safe environment.
Patients receive cognitive behavioral therapy and education with our team of therapists to help address the biological foundations of drug addiction. JourneyPure Emerald Coast provides a wide range of holistic services, including art therapy and writing therapy.
If you or someone you know needs treatment for a heroin addiction, please contact us today and talk to one of our compassionate counselors. It is possible to live a sober and satisfying life without heroin. We’re here to help.