When it comes to drug addiction most of us know that certain drugs are more dangerous than others. Among the many different categories of drugs, one is more prevalent than all the others, that is the category of opioids. Opioids have been a rising problem in the United States for roughly a decade and each year the number of addictions and overdoses seems to increase. Among all the different drugs in this category, none are more infamous for being dangerous perhaps than the drug heroin. Even if you were not aware what an opioid was, most people are aware of heroin and the fact that it is an illegal drug.
Like many substances out there, once a person becomes addicted to heroin, it is very difficult for them to break free of their addiction without the help of a licensed treatment facility and the support of the services provided there. If you or a loved one are addicted to heroin, it is important to get treatment as soon as possible. The longer a person is addicted to heroin the worse the effects will be on their health and every aspect of their life.
At Coachella Valley Recovery Center we are well aware of how dangerous a drug heroin is and that no one wants to see their loved one go through an addiction like that. The important thing to remember is that if your loved one does become addicted they will need all the help and support they can get. Today we are going to discuss the drug heroin in detail, including what it is, how it impacts a person’s body, signs of abuse and symptoms of withdrawal as well as how our California heroin rehab center can help.
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As mentioned above, heroin is part of the category of drugs known as opioids. Opioids are drugs that are used to treat and manage severe or chronic pain due to their powerful pain-relieving effects. Among the opioids, heroin is derived from the seeds of the poppy plant and is known to be exceptionally potent.
During the 1800s and early 1900s heroin was used as a medication. However, once it was discovered just how addictive the drug was, it was made illegal. In rare instances, it is still used for its medicinal purposes, but inside the United States, it still remains largely illegal.
Heroin can cause all sorts of damage to a person’s body over time. This is why getting treatment as soon as possible is important. If you know someone addicted to heroin, send them to us at Coachella Valley Recovery Center today.
Heroin is known to be dangerous due to how potent the pain-relieving qualities are, but it impacts the body in much the same way as other prescription opioids. All opioids work by attaching to receptors in the brain and the central nervous system that respond to pain. They then alter the way the body reacts to pain, reducing the overall response to pain and slowing down the reaction speed.
Over time as the opioids are in the body, the brain and nervous system start to become dependent on opioids to function normally. This causes the person taking the drugs to need more and more to feel the effects. Eventually that person becomes fully addicted to the drugs and it is at that point that quitting can be dangerous because it will lead to withdrawal.
Signs of heroin abuse may differ from signs of other drugs. Heroin use tends to deviate from how other drugs are used. Heroin is what people consider a “hardcore” drug. This is because of its addictiveness and the fat that drug users most often move to this drug after having tried other drugs previously.
Heroin use signs include needle marks in the arms as many people choose to liquify and inject the drug. Yellowing of the skin, a foul stench from smoking the heroin may also be present. While under the effects of the drug a person may sweat profusely, suffer loss of consciousness, tremors, muscle spasms or other involuntary actions. They may also become paranoid or suffer fits of rage.
Once the drug wears off they will also typically become lethargic and even depressed until they can use again. Drug-seeking behavior, keeping secrets, and evasiveness are also common.
Watching a loved one as they are addicted to heroin is something no one should have to go through, but if you notice signs that your loved one is addicted to heroin you can help them by getting them to agree to attend treatment at Coachella Valley Recovery Center.
Symptoms of heroin withdrawal can begin within a couple hours of stopping use. Normal symptoms can include sweating, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, intense and uncontrollable cravings, fever, runny nose, and insomnia. Some report extreme aches and pains as well as a feeling of heaviness in the limbs.
Heroin uses may also develop depression or paranoia while in withdrawal and may have thoughts or suicidal ideation. The real danger of heroin withdrawal comes from the potential for death due to comorbidities. Underlying health issues can become deadly when combined with symptoms of withdrawal. A person should never attempt to quit using heroin without the support of medical personnel to prevent possible side effects.
Here at Coachella Valley Recovery Center, we have an excellent staff, including a medical team that supports all of our clients as they go through the detox and withdrawal process before they begin their treatment program and begin their journey of long-term sobriety.
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Once a person has moved to a drug as powerful and dangerous as heroin it is more important than ever to get them to realize that they have a problem and they need treatment. We know that confronting a loved one about their addiction is difficult, but it can often mean the difference between a healthy sober life and a life of relapse and eventual overdose.
We have programs designed for every type of addiction you can think of and we’re here and ready to answer all of your questions. Today is the day to get your loved one the help they need to live a life free of heroin. Call us today.