Last updated: 11/13/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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The Problems with Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is an illness that causes a person to uncontrollably seek out and use heroin no matter the consequences that occur from their drug usage. Since heroin addiction is an illness, it usually requires treatment in order to be cured and if a person does not receive treatment they will continue to use the drug causing more damage to themselves and to people around them.
Heroin is an illegal drug that is manmade from opium. Opium is powerful sedative that comes from the poppy plant. Heroin can be smoked, snorted or injected via needle, although injection is the more popular way to use the drug. Heroin usage can cause a person to experience cardiac arrest or respiratory failure and an overdose of the drug can lead to a person’s fatality if they do not receive help in time.
Since injection is one of the most popular ways to take heroin, a user has the risk of contracting more diseases, such as HIV. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug users who inject drugs have a higher chance of getting HIV and Hepatitis C. These diseases are commonly transmitted through contact with bodily fluids or blood, and when a person injects heroin with a needle that has been used, they can contract these diseases.
Heroin is an expensive drug to continually use and the abuse of the drug leads to many people losing their money and their financial stability. In addition, heroin is extremely powerful and will cause a person to become sedated for hours which can lead to them losing friends and important relationships as well as them losing their job due to their inability to do any physical activity.
How Heroin Addiction Detox Programs Work
Heroin addiction detox programs are effective for various reasons. Heroin addiction detox programs will address all issues of a person’s addiction, meaning that they will not just stop at helping a person once they are through the physical withdrawals symptoms. Instead they will help a person get through the psychological withdrawals and help a person deal with any issues in their life that may have led them to begin using heroin.
When a person first begins a detox program they will immediately stop using heroin. They will then begin to go through the physical withdrawal symptoms which are usually the most intense within the first three days of detox. Depending on the program, a person may receive medication to help them get through the physical withdrawals. A person detoxing will be medically supervised at a heroin detox program and they will also receive therapy, such as behavioral therapy or group therapy.
A heroin detox program will have the people and resources that an addict needs to stop using heroin and they will make detoxing from heroin as minimally painful as possible.