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Signs, Withdrawal Symptoms & Treatment Options

Heroin Addiction

No matter what form it takes, addiction is always as cruel as it is opportunistic. When you are experiencing heroin addiction, though, you know how fierce the battle can be. Heroin is a derivative of morphine, which itself comes from opium-producing poppy flowers.

Heroin comes in two principal forms: a white powder and a black, sticky gel-like substance known as “black tar.” Heroin users have many methods for ingesting the drug, including intravenous injections, smoking, snorting, and sniffing. This can make the signs of addiction a bit more difficult to detect, particularly if the drug is being injected into parts of the body that are not readily visible to others. 

This only serves to exacerbate the risks of heroin use, as the drug is one of the most powerful and most addictive of known substances. Heroin addiction is also progressive and prone to relapse. And because, like other opioids, heroin acts as a central nervous system depressant, the risks of lethal overdose are significant. 

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How Heroin Works and How Heroin Harms​

Because heroin is derived from the opium plant, its principal mechanism is to activate the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. The result is an immediate and profound sense of euphoria, elation, well-being, and tranquility. As such, users may turn to the drug not only for the sense of immense pleasure it provides but also for its sedating effects, enabling users to “escape” into a state of near oblivion.

Despite the euphoria of the heroin high, however, many users can experience severe and potentially life-threatening side effects. These include:

In addition to the significant risks of overdose and immediate, life-threatening side effects from heroin exposure, long-term use also dramatically increases the likelihood of severe and potentially terminal disease. Chronic heroin use has been linked to:

Perhaps the greatest risk associated with heroin use, however, is the so-called “tolerance ceiling,” the reality that heroin users quickly build a tolerance to the drug. Users can soon find themselves consuming ever higher doses of the drug to achieve the desired effects, significantly increasing the risk of a fatal overdose. Indeed, in 2018 alone, the CDC reported more than 40,000 opioid-related deaths in the US, making opioids the leading cause of drug-related fatalities.

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How Bayshore Can Help

The process of detoxifying from heroin is difficult. Heroin withdrawal symptoms are often severe but generally subside within one or two weeks. During withdrawal, however, users may experience a range of symptoms, including:

Given the challenges of heroin detox and recovery, our multidisciplinary team of physicians, mental healthcare providers, and addiction recovery specialists takes a proactive, evidence-based, and holistic approach to care. 

Our onsite medical and mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to support you through the detoxification process, including providing round-the-clock medical and psychiatric supervision through the various phases of substance withdrawal. Not only can this help to make the process more manageable for our clients, but it can also reduce the risk of a life-threatening emergency during detox. 

Our facility is fully accredited, licensed, and certified to provide comprehensive care, including the use of short-term pharmaceutical therapies as needed while undergoing heroin detox.

Similarly, because the symptoms of heroin withdrawal often include psychiatric manifestations, from depression and anxiety to impulsivity, irrationality, and suicidal ideation, our highly trained team of mental healthcare providers will be consistently by your side until you complete detox and are stable. 

With only six residents in our facility at one time and a 3:1 client to care provider ratio, we are able to provide our clients with the highest level of prompt and personalized care possible.  

After you have completed the detox process, we work with you to build a holistic, customized, and evidence-based recovery program that serves your short-term and long-range recovery goals. This includes individual, group, and family counseling services using a range of approaches, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to art and music therapy. We also offer classes in nutrition, holistic medicine, and meditation and mindfulness.

The ultimate goal of our heroin addiction recovery program is to help you find release from the hold that the drug has over your life and to build the happy, healthy, addiction-free life you want and deserve. This means that, in addition to the detoxification, rehabilitation, counseling, and education services provided onsite, we also offer comprehensive after-care support, connecting you with the best care providers and most effective support services in your area.


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