Heroin addiction is one of the most serious forms of drug addiction in the United States today. And in Hollywood, Florida, heroin addiction is on the rise once again. Many people do not know what treatments or options are available to help them overcome a heroin addiction, and some may even forgo heroin addiction treatment under the impression that they can handle the situation on their own. Call drug rehab Hollywood FL today at (954) 239-2548. for information about treatment facilities.
Heroin is a powerful and highly addictive illegal narcotic drug. It is actually derived from a drug known as morphine, which itself comes from a substance inside of the seedpods of poppy plants. It is an opiate or opioid drug.
This drug can take many different forms that vary based on the impurities remaining in it following chemical processing. Pure forms of this drug are bright white powders. Other forms of this drug come in brown or blackish powders. The most common type of heroin is actually a more solid substance with a brown or black sticky residue making the substance resemble tar.
This drug also goes by a variety of street names. Some of these include:
This drug has become so popular again because of a recent influx of relatively inexpensive tar heroin into the United States. The lower price has made it more accessible to many illicit drug users who could not previously afford it.
Heroin is so addictive based upon the effect that it has on the brain when it enters the bloodstream. This drug immediately stimulates the reward centers in the brain, causing a flood of dopamine to be released that creates a state of euphoria for the user. It also simultaneously blocks pain receptors and depresses the central nervous system making the user feel profound calm. These effects are so potent that the brain stops triggering the release of dopamine on its own, awaiting the signals from the drug to accomplish the task. Because heroin causes such a large dopamine surge, this change in brain chemistry can occur in only one or two uses.
Heroin is most often injected directly into the veins intravenously. Powdered forms, particularly the pure white forms, may also be snorted or smoked, though this is the exception rather than the rule.
This drug has a profound effect upon the mind and body as well as a person's health. Some of the common effects are:
Infections in injection sites
Heroin addiction requires treatment to overcome, starting with medical detox. Medical detox is a way to get heroin out of an addicted person's system in a controlled environment, in which emergency medical care is immediately available. Medical detox helps the recovering addict to detox gradually through the use of prescription drugs (such as suboxone) administered at certain moments in the detox process. This eases discomfort and makes the process safer.
Following detox, additional addiction treatment is necessary. These treatments include individual and group therapy to help deal with the issues that led the person to become a heroin addict and begin abusing the drug and helps the recovering addict to come up with ways to deal with issues that do not involve substance abuse. Additional treatments can include equine therapy, art therapy, restorative yoga and family therapy, among others.