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Heroin Rehabilitation Treatment Program

Whole Recovery is well equipped with the experience and knowledge about heroin addicts and how to treat them. Unlike some other drugs, heroin creates a physical dependance that leaves the user craving more to not only satisfy their mental obsession, but to stop the process of getting sick, or "kicking". Heroin detoxification is no walk in the park, especially if your doing it alone. At Whole Recovery, our professionals make detox a lot smoother, with the help of holistic treatments, as well as a doctor to help curb the pain of withdrawal.

A heroin addict is stereotypically seen as the junkie living under a bridge with a needle in his arm. Contrary to popular belief, heroin addicts come in all shapes and sizes. From adolescents to senior citizens. It can be shot up in a needle form on the streets, or it can be used in a pent house suite by a prominent business man. Heroin isn't limited to a specific type of person. Common ways to use the drug are intravenously, smoking it, snorting it, even eating it. However the addict ingests the drug, it can be deadly and the first hit doesn't guarantee that you will survive. Users can get addicted to heroin from the very first dose, as it creates strong changes in the brain which produce euphoric "dreamy" feelings.

Examples of effects heroin produces




Tingling sensation in body

Nodding - a pleasurable state where the user feels at peace

Heroin can seem enticing to people who haven't experienced the pain and misery of the addiction that comes after the first high. The first high is what hooks you in, and usually a heroin addicts life revolves around getting a next dose, hoping to achieve that same high. That high never comes again, but it does start the horrible cycle of addiction. "Heroin chic" is a term coined in the eighties referring to models who were addicted to heroin. They were ghastly and white, emaciated with bulging out eyes. This was seen as attractive. In reality, heroin doesn't provide anything attractive to ones physical appearance. The body doesn't function normally, menstrual cycle may stop, and your entire body deteriorates over time.

Although recovery is a long road, it is absolutely worth it. Conquering a heroin addiction may be difficult, but it is no more difficult than alcohol or prescription drugs. In fact, drugs such as oxycontin, oxycodone, vicodin, and norco are very similar to heroin in its properties and in the effect of the "high". Users commonly report having a similar reaction to heroin as they would to some prescription narcotics. The other similarity heroin, as well as opiates, have are that the user only experiences a "high" for a short time. This is eventually turned into an ugly habit where the user doesn't even get high anymore at all. They are simply staying well in fear of getting sick. It is no way to live, and at Whole Recovery we can help.

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Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and its abuse has repercussions that extend far beyond the individual user. The medical and social consequences of drug abuse - HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, fetal effects, crime, violence, and disruptions in family, workplace, and educational environments - have a devastating impact on society and cost billions of dollars each year.

What are short-term effects of Heroin Abuse?

The short-term effects of heroin abuse appear soon after a single dose and disappear in a few hours. After an injection of eroin, the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria (“rush”) accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, a dry mouth, and heavy extremities. Following this initial euphoria, the user goes “on the nod,” an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes clouded due to the depression of the central nervous system. Other effects included slowed and slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night vision, vomiting, constipation.

What are long-term effects of Heroin Addiction?

Long-term effects of heroin appear after repeated use for some period of time. Chronic users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulites, and liver disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health condition of the abuser, as well as from heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin may have additives that do not really dissolve and result in clogging the blood vessels that lead to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. This can cause infection or even death of small patches of cells in vital organs. With regular heroin use, tolerance develops. This means the abuser must use more heroin to achieve the same intensity or effect.

As higher doses are used over time, physical dependence and addiction develop. With physical dependence, the body has adapted to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the last administration, produces drug craving, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (cold turkey), kicking movements (kicking the habit), and other symptoms. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last does and subside after about a week. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health can be fatal.

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