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  • Is Treatment for Heroin Addiction Right for Me?
    you still can t stop using Heroin addiction is a common outcome of heroin abuse According to the NIDA it is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it The longer you abuse heroin the higher chance you have of becoming addicted and dependent and the harder it will be to quit Because of the painful withdrawal symptoms strong cravings and high possibility of relapse those who are addicted to heroin should seek treatment immediately 800 839 1663 Addiction is a brain disease and heroin changes the way a person s brain works over time Treatment is necessary for any kind of strong foundation for recovery Some people attempt to weather withdrawal symptoms alone but successfully going through withdrawal does not mean that the addiction has been treated Even when a person goes into a heroin detox center to get clean medically assisted detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment and by itself does little to change long term abuse NIDA Choosing A Heroin Addiction Treatment This is a very important question to ask yourself If you are struggling with addiction treatment is the right answer But there are many treatments available and several can be combined for a higher chance of success The most important thing to remember is that no one treatment is right for everyone Here are some of the treatment methods that are used for heroin addiction Methadone Maintenance Treatment Buprenorphine and Other Medications Behavioral Therapy or Group Therapy Mutual Help Groups Medication can be used in instances of severe addiction where a person may need more than a year to recover from heroin abuse Therapy and medication are often used together to provide a person with a stable recovery and mutual help groups like Narcotics Anonymous can

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  • Does Suboxone Help Cure Heroin Addiction
    to take Suboxone for your heroin addiction you are choosing to start a possibly long term treatment which you must take seriously You may choose this treatment if you know that you need long term medical assistance for your addiction but there isn t a methadone clinic nearby It is also helpful if you want your regular doctor to be the one who is treating your heroin use and you don t want to visit a clinic every day NYDH Why Isn t Suboxone a Cure for Heroin Addiction Suboxone is indicated for treatment of opioid dependence and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support DailyMed As a rule medication is not a cure for addiction as recovery is much more complex than being just the point where a person stops using the drug he or she is addicted to There is always a chance for relapse even when using a medication like Suboxone and without other treatment options a person will not change his or her attitude toward heroin Here are some of the other treatment options which can be utilized along with taking Suboxone Behavioral therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Motivational Interviewing Motivational Incentives Family Therapy and Contingency Management Group Therapy Mutual Help Groups Holistic Methods such as Exercise Yoga and Journaling A person does not need to use all of these treatment methods in addition to Suboxone in order to find success in his or her recovery People need to find the treatment plans that work for them and this often means more than one treatment must be utilized Some people will also take Suboxone for a longer period of time than others because they need that constant maintenance of their addictions Addiction is a brain disease

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  • Signs You Need Heroin Addiction Treatment
    Building a tolerance is another sign of addiction This can be particularly dangerous as it leads to many users overdosing on heroin as they attempt to do more of the drug to feel its effects Heroin Overdose Because heroin overdose is so dangerous and can cause respiratory depression that leads to coma and death you should seek treatment if you have overdosed on heroin Naloxone is sometimes used as an emergency treatment to counteract the effects of the overdose but it is not a treatment for heroin addiction itself NIDA Isolating Yourself from Friends and Family It is very difficult to fight heroin addiction without a strong support system Many people become alienated from their friends and family simply because they only want to spend time with those who facilitate their addictions Using Heroin Alone This is a common sign of addiction and one that points to your heroin use as being more than an occasional social occurrence Needing to Seek Heroin Abuse Help The people in your life who know you best and want you to be safe and healthy will often tell you if they believe you should seek treatment Listen to them Neglecting Your Responsibilities If you have lost your job home other important aspects of your life or if you have neglected your responsibilities because of drugs causing irreparable consequences you should seek treatment for your addiction Self Medicating with Heroin The NLM states that in many cases a person starts using drugs to try to self treat mental illness If you are coping with another disorder like depression seek treatment for both the disorder and your addiction immediately Full Blown Heroin Addiction This occurs when you no longer can stop taking heroin even if you want to If you are in this situation treatment is

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  • Signs of an Opiate Overdose
    forces behind abuse and addiction practices according to the U S National Library of Medicine With prolonged use brain and body functions as well as brain and body structures start to deteriorate once a physical dependency takes hold These developments set the stage for an opium overdose episode to occur Central Nervous System Shutdown Opiate drugs interact directly with key cell receptor sites located throughout the central nervous system This includes the brain the spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract First metabolized in the liver opiates break down into metabolite form before entering the bloodstream In metabolite form opiate materials increase in quantity compared to the actual amount a person ingests When consumed in large quantities opiates can overload certain central nervous system functions to the point where major bodily functions start to shut down Symptoms of central nervous system distress include Breathing Problems Stupor Like State Drowsiness Discolored Skin Tone Hallucinations Small Pinpoint Pupils Comatose Behavior Opioid overdose occurs when one or more bodily functions shut down More oftentimes than not a person s respiratory functions will be the first to fail with respiratory failure accounting for the majority of overdose deaths Opiate Use Risk Factors Opiate overdose risks can vary depending on a person s overall health and history of drug use This means people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or heart disease are automatically at a higher risk of overdose Since it s not uncommon for addicts to mix different types of drugs this practice also increases a person s risk of overdose People who ve used opiates for months or years are at an especially high risk In effect the larger the dose ingested the greater the risk of overdose With long term users tolerance level effects drive a person to keep increasing the dosage

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  • Definition and Description of Opiates
    alkaloids originating from fungi bacteria and animals With the opium poppy seed plant 25 of its 50 alkaloids produce analgesic or pain relieving effects according to Princeton University The origin or source of opiate drugs offers a type of prologue for an opiates definition in terms of how these drugs interact with the human body In effect the natural origins of opiates have a lot to do with their ability to alter and even warp brain and body functions Opiate Effects The human body secretes its own rendition of opiates in the form of endorphin neurotransmitter chemicals Opioid cell receptor sites located throughout the central nervous system secrete endorphin chemicals as needed According to the Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation endorphins produce a calming or sedating effect in much the same way as opiates do As part of an opiate definition the central nervous system develops a natural affinity to opiate materials to the point where the brain allows opiate effects to take over endorphin secretion processes Any drug capable of commandeering opioid cell functions in this way fits the opiates definition to a tee Opium Derivatives Of all the opiate drugs in existence only three exist as pure extracts from the poppy seed plant opium morphine and codeine While these may be the purest varieties of opiates they re not necessarily the most potent Many derivatives of opium are classified as semi synthetic which means added ingredients can make for an even stronger drug Some of the more commonly known opium derivatives include Heroin Oxycodone Hydromorphone Hydrocodone Yet another class of drugs falling under the opiates definition includes opiate antagonists Opiate antagonists such as naloxone and naltrexone interact with the same receptor sites as the other opiates Instead of stimulating endorphin secretions antagonist drugs deactivate cell receptor sites

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  • Signs of Opiate Addiction
    to feel the effects Opiate Dependence Tolerance leads to dependency and according to the DOI both physical and psychological dependence on opiates are known to be high A person who has become dependent on opiates feels like he or she cannot get through a certain period of time without another dose Ask yourself these questions about dependence Do I need to take drugs to get me through the day Do I depend on drugs to get through something difficult like a hard day at work or a big presentation in school Do I feel like I need drugs rather than just want them Addiction Behavioral Changes Mood swings or other behavioral changes are often strong signs of opiate abuse Opiates affect the brain s mental processes and the addiction itself might make the person irritable with others and apathetic toward responsibilities Ask yourself these questions about behavioral changes Do I treat people in my life differently now or have I abandoned them for other people who do drugs Do I feel like myself when I m not doing drugs Do the same things matter to me now that used to matter to me before or do they matter less Is doing drugs all I care about anymore Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms If you suddenly stop taking opiates after becoming addicted you will experience withdrawal symptoms They can be uncomfortable even painful and some people experience them without knowing what they are Withdrawal from opiates causes some flu like symptoms runny nose fever muscle aches nausea vomiting and diarrhea which can be confusing Ask yourself these questions about withdrawal symptoms Have I ever felt sick or flush when I m not taking drugs Do the discomfort and flu symptoms go away when I start taking them again Remember these five signs and

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  • Opiate Addiction Treatment Options
    following Increasing Dosage Amounts on a Frequent Basis Physical Withdrawal Effects Psychological Withdrawal Effects Increasing Drug Cravings Negative Lifestyle Consequences Loss of Work Money Problems Relationship Conflicts Opiate drugs have a chemical make up that enables them to take over essential brain chemical processes In effect the longer a person uses the more dependent the brain becomes on the drug By the time addiction takes root addicts have rearranged their entire lifestyle around getting and using opiates as addiction takes over the body as well as the mind Opium addiction treatment facilities specialize in helping addicts overcome the physical and mental effects of addiction in their lives Opiate Addiction Medication Therapies Opiate effects on the brain persist long after a person stops using drugs Long term opiate use leaves brain cells in a deteriorated state that causes ongoing brain chemical imbalances According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse opiate treatment centers counteract these chemical imbalances with medication therapies Medications commonly used include Buprenorphine Naltrexone Methadone In effect opiate dependence programs use these medications to support damaged brain functions In the process recovering addicts can gain needed relief from persistent drug cravings and withdrawal effects Opioid Tolerance Treatment Options Opioid addiction treatment options can vary in treatment intensity and duration During the early stages of recovery detox programs offer round the clock care during the withdrawal period Residential treatment programs provide ongoing intensive treatment services where recovering addicts live at the facility for the program s duration Services offered include Medical Care Psychotherapy Group Counseling 12 Step Support Groups After completing inpatient treatment many people enter outpatient programs once they return back home Outpatient programs offer the same types of services so recovering addicts can pick up where they left off in inpatient care While some people may only opt

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  • Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
    or years after the individual is no longer opioid dependent NCBI Yawning Is a sign of early opiate withdrawal Often tearing of the eyes and runny nose accompany this symptom Muscle and Bone Pain This is the most painful aspect of withdrawal Opium and other narcotics are pain relievers and they dull a person s sensitivity for pain when abused During withdrawal people will tend to feel muscle and bone pain whether they were originally prescribed the medication for some type of pain or if they were using it recreationally Anxiety Behavior can also change during withdrawal Because of the cravings and pain people experiencing opiate withdrawal tend to feel anxious and agitated Withdrawal can even cause depression which can be severe depending on how strongly the person is addicted to opiates DOJ Insomnia Heroin withdrawal symptoms can cause insomnia as well as restlessness NIDA Many people find it hard to sleep and if in a rehab or detox facility will usually be given medication to help with these symptoms Increased Heart Rate Withdrawal from narcotics can cause an increase in heart rate as well as an rise in blood pressure DOJ Respiration tends to increase during this time as well Doctors can manage these side effects with medication Abdominal Cramps Withdrawal from heroin and other opiates have late stage abdominal cramping It can be painful but often isn t as severe as the earlier pain symptoms Vomiting and Nausea Are two other symptoms that make withdrawal incredibly uncomfortable Doctors usually manage these symptoms with medication but some people try to handle it on their own as it mirrors the earlier flu like symptoms Diarrhea Can also be treated with medications during late withdrawal symptoms NLM It can be uncomfortable and difficult but it is important to remember that the

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