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  • Self Medication and Heroin Addiction
    Heroin There are probably several reasons a person would choose to use heroin for self medication When heroin is smoked or injected it reaches the brain very fast and causes a surge of dopamine to take place Dopamine is the chemical that s associated with our ability to feel pleasure Not everyone that suffers from depression mental health disorders or emotional unhappiness would choose to use street drugs like heroin or any other substance to make themself feel better but some do Some people are so unhappy lonely and depressed they look for ways not only to feel better but to escape from situations in their life that they are unable to control Mental health disorders that are not diagnosed or left untreated can make living a normal emotionally happy life impossible and sometimes a person will choose drugs like heroin to feel better or cope or function Heroin depending on how it s administered reacts quickly and produces intense pleasure at first some people chooses a drug that not only reacts fast but gives them a sense of immediate pleasure The problem besides the fact that heroin is an illegal street drug is that after the intense rush is experienced the level of dopamine is reduced The user goes from an intense rush of euphoria to eventually feeling down and low Addiction is right around the corner with frequent use Eventually the symptoms a person was attempting to self medicate like depression anxiety panic loneliness sadness or mental illness symptoms get much much worse Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767

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  • Heroin Abuse and Addiction Health Risks
    and their breathing slows down and they re unable to think clearly Sometimes a person s breathing can slow down so much they stop breathing Anyone that uses heroin even for the first time risks an accidental overdose because it s impossible to be completely sure of the purity or what other poisonous chemicals are combined in the drug Heroin Abuse With repeated use of heroin the user risks becoming tolerant meaning they need to increase their dose or repeat their dose sooner because they are unable to achieve the rush they did in the beginning and the high doesn t last as long With repeated use tolerance leads to heroin addiction unless the individual stops abusing heroin and seeks help Everyone is different some people become tolerant sooner than others but with repeated use of heroin addiction will take place Heroin Addiction When a person becomes addicted to heroin they re miserable unable to function at all unless they are using the drug They experience intense cravings and experience symptoms of withdrawal because they re psychologically and physically dependent on the drug in order to function on their own Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms These symptoms can be experienced within a few hours after a person stops using heroin if they re a chronic user Because of repeated use heroin has impaired their normal brain function because of the changes that have been made in their brain circuits This affects the person s ability to remember reason think properly or even learn new things easily Long Term Effects of Heroin Use Addiction Fertility problems Collapsed veins Abscesses Impotence Clogged blood vessels that lead to major organs Lung problems like pneumonia or TB Bacterial infections Menstrual problems Infections of the heart lining and valves Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems Individuals that Use

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  • Treatment Available for Heroin Abuse and Addiction
    treating individuals addicted to heroin and other opiate drugs Buprenorphine Treatment Buprenorphine is another approved treatment for heroin and other opiate addiction that s also very effective Compared to methadone buprenorphine has less risk of physical dependence overdose and symptoms of withdrawal when a person stops taking it Buprenorphine is not only administered by treatment facilities for heroin and other opiate addictions but also a medication that qualified physicians can dispense for their patients recovering from opiate addiction There are two forms of buprenorphine Suboxone and Subutex On August 30 2010 the FDA also approved a new Suboxone sublingual film product which is used in maintenance treatment for opiate addiction Suboxone treatment is combined with effective treatment programs counseling and psychosocial support for those recovering from heroin and other opiate dependence Suboxone contains buprenorphine and a medication to prevent abuse called naloxone Subutex only contains buprenorphine and is administered to patients recovering from heroin or opiate addiction if they re pregnant or unable to take naloxone for any reason Heroin Treatment It s important to understand that detoxification and medications that help assist detox relieve withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings are just part of recovery for heroin addiction If counseling education and support aren t combined with medication therapy the risk of relapse increases and long term recovery is much harder to achieve Drugs like heroin are not only addictive but with continued use changes take place in the brain are sometimes irreversible depending on the duration and intensity of abuse Full psychological and physical assessments are also provided by many treatment centers in order to provide individualized treatment programs for their clients It s extremely important to address all issues that substance abuse or addiction has caused or affected in order for a person to successfully recover and manage their recovery throughout their life Behavioral therapy and counseling helps the individual understand their own unique addiction and behaviors and issues that may have led to their use Through this form of therapy the individual with the help of their counselor or therapist is able to identify and change unhealthy and destructive thinking and behavior patterns that have led to substance use We can t change destructive thoughts and behaviors if we don t recognize them first During treatment recovering heroin users are also educated about addiction and how it takes place Many changes have to take place in a person s life in order to maintain their abstinence from using heroin and manage their recovery in the future The more a person learns about addiction and develops strategies to prevent relapse the more successful their heroin recovery will be Group support helps people connect with others during treatment who are facing the same challenges It s very important to have strong positive support when recovering from heroin or any other addiction When you re surrounded by others who have been there and understand what you re going through it can make a big difference during recovery Support groups like

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  • Heroin Detoxification
    of time Due to the intense cravings and uncomfortable symptoms a person experiences during heroin detox most people relapse before they re able to complete this process if they attempt to detox on their own Because repeated heroin use also causes serious health conditions it s important to seek professional help from a qualified detox center or substance abuse treatment center instead of attempting detox on your own The longer a person has abused heroin the more intense their cravings and withdrawal symptoms will also be Do I still Need Rehab Even Though I m Going to Detox Detoxification is just the first step toward recovery from heroin abuse and addiction The abuse of heroin doesn t just cause physical dependence it affects a person mentally emotionally and spiritually as well Physical complications that heroin use has caused besides cravings and withdrawal have to be addressed if present especially with long term use Many changes have to take place in a person s life in order to maintain their abstinence and work toward recovery There is much more to recovering from heroin addiction than detoxification and without effective treatment after completing detox most people go right back to using again in a short period of time What is Rapid Detox Rapid detoxification takes place under anesthesia and is performed by expert medical professionals and certified anesthesiologists Rapid detox is a quick method of ridding the body of the drug that s been abused eliminating cravings and withdrawal symptoms This method of detox is not for everyone and extensive tests are done beforehand to make sure the patient is a good candidate for this form of detoxification Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473

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  • Heroin Overdose
    the only ones abusing heroin this takes place in all age groups and as stated above sometimes they re fatal What are the Signs of a Possible Heroin Overdose There are several serious symptoms to look for if you suspect a heroin overdose has taken place These symptoms include Breathing problems the individual can have hard time breathing this can be slow shallow breathing or they stop breathing along with the following symptoms below Their pupils can be very small pinpoint in size Their tongue can be discolored Their mouth can be dry Their blood pressure can be low They can have a weak pulse Their lips and nails may be bluish in color They can experience spasms of the stomach and intestinal tract They become drowsy and disoriented Possibly fall into a coma What Should I Do if I Think Someone I know Has Overdosed on Heroin If you suspect someone has overdosed on heroin seek medical help immediately NEVER make the individual throw up unless poison control or a health care professional has instructed you to do so It s important to know the individual s age their weight and the condition they re in You also need to know what drugs were taken The more information you re able to give the better at this time Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode Island 401 288 3581 Tennessee 423 208 9047 Vermont 802 428 4694 West Virginia 304 915 0148 Alaska 480 478 0599

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  • Heroin Addiction and Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
    urges to repeat heroin use are uncontrollable and can be quite intense How Long do Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Last The symptoms can last for several days and be very uncomfortable but unfortunately the symptoms of hopelessness unhappiness and depression can last for many weeks When abusing heroin the user experiences euphoria and withdrawal symptoms react just the opposite causing deep depression sometimes Withdrawal symptoms vary in intensity the heavier and longer a person has abused heroin the more intense their symptoms usually are Because heroin abuse also affects a person s health this can make a difference in how uncomfortable or serious withdrawal symptoms can be Is It Safe to go Through Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms on My Own or By Myself It s never a good idea to detox completely on your own from any substance if the individual has heavily used for any length of time Heroin is a very powerful drug and the effects the drug has on a person can be serious It s always medically and emotionally safer to seek medical advice and treatment from someone that s experienced in the field of addiction and detoxification Today there are excellent detox or substance abuse treatment centers that provide medically supervised detoxification and many provide their patients with medications to decrease these symptoms Medications can be administered by qualified medical professionals to decrease heroin cravings and the physical withdrawal symptoms in a safe and monitored environment Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode

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  • About Heroin - The history or Heroin - Addiction Treatment Resources
    suffered by the physically ill today derives directly or indirectly from the demonisation of opioid drugs and from the reluctance of physicians to prescribe stigmatised remedies for pain that really work During World War One newspaper editors police forces politicians and patriots whipped up a climate of hysteria against seditious dope fiends enslaved by the German invention Heroin use was associated with anarchy violence foreigners and Bolshevism Prohibition led inexorably to control of the heroin business by organised crime Jewish gangsters such as Meyer Lansky dominated distribution in the 1920s In the 1930s they were superseded by the Mafia this was the era of Lucky Luciano the celebrated Sicilian mobster Drug law was widely flouted In explaining the failure of decades of prohibitionist legislation former chief of police of the USA Joseph D McNamara wrote in National Review It s the money stupid After 33 years as a police officer in three of the country s largest cities that is my message to the righteous politicians who obstinately proclaim that a war on drugs will lead to a drug free America About 500 of heroin or cocaine in a source country will bring in as much as 100 000 on the streets of an American city All the cops armies prisons and executions in the world cannot impede a market with that kind of tax free profit margin It is the illegality that permits the obscene mark up enriching drug traffickers distributors dealers crooked cops lawyers judges politicians bankers businessmen Choking off the supply of narcotics at source isn t a realistic prospect either Myles Ambrose one of President Nixon s closest advisers in the War on Drugs was scathing in his judgement of some of his fellow drug warriors The basic fact that eluded these great geniuses was that it takes only ten square miles of poppy to feed the entire American heroin market and they grow everywhere Traditionally the purity of heroin in a bag has ranged from 1 to 10 more recently heroin purity has ranged from 1 to 98 with a US national average of 35 percent Pure heroin is rarely sold on the street A bag may contain 100 mg of powder only a portion of which is heroin the remainder could be sugars starch powdered milk or quinine Until recently heroin in the United States was almost exclusively injected either intravenously subcutaneously skin popping or intramuscularly Injection is the most practical and efficient way to administer low purity heroin The availability of higher purity heroin however allows users to snort or smoke chasing the dragon Snorting is most widespread in those areas where high purity heroin is easy to obtain When injected heroin provides an extremely powerful rush After 4 to 8 hours the effects start to wear off Tolerance develops to the respiratory depressant sedative analgesic emetic and euphorigenic effect So users tend to increase their daily dose sometimes as much as a hundredfold or more if financial resources permit Financial resources frequently

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  • Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey
    of a medical professional no matter how the drug is administered What Are the Dangers of Quitting Heroin Use Cold Turkey This depends on how long a person has abused heroin and how heavy and frequent their use has been Frequent heroin use affects a person s health and they need to be monitored during detoxification for their safety Many heroin users prefer to inject the drug because they experience their high fast and intense Chronic use of heroin can cause collapsed veins the heart lining and valves can develop infections disease of the liver or kidneys can develop and their lungs may also be affected With possible serious health problems caused from heroin abuse and intense withdrawal symptoms experienced when quitting a person should never stop using heroin cold turkey They should always seek professional medical help and supervision if they re trying to stop Many heroin users also abuse other substances and this needs to be taken into consideration when trying to get clean and stop using The abuse of alcohol other street drugs or prescription drugs is serious by itself and causes health problems when combined with heroin abuse quitting cold turkey without medical supervision can be very dangerous and possibly be fatal Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode Island 401 288 3581 Tennessee 423 208 9047 Vermont 802 428 4694 West Virginia 304 915 0148 Alaska 480 478 0599 California 626 498 2948 Delaware 302 342 8812 Georgia 678 573 5007 Illinois

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