Heroin belongs to a class of drugs called opioids and is often referred to as a narcotic. It is a highly addictive painkiller synthesized from morphine, which comes from the seeds of the poppy plant. This drug is also known by names like junk, smack or “H” and is often combined with dangerous additives like morphine or the powerful pain reliever fentanyl. People suffering from heroin addiction seek the euphoric high that heroin gives because it affects parts of the brain that controls pleasure and relaxation. Not all heroin looks the same and comes in several different forms. Most users typically inject the drug intravenously, however, new users often start by snorting and smoking it.
Users of this drug have described the high as an intense feeling of euphoria well-being. When heroin is injected, they often experience a rush from the drug as it is quick to reach the brain. This powerful rush from intravenous use lasts about two minutes and as the heroin travels through the bloodstream the high lasts for about to four to five hours. Unlike substances such as alcohol or ecstasy, there generally isn’t a hangover or comedown from initial heroin use, which can be an attractive quality for new users. However, occasional use can quickly spiral into addiction because users find that their tolerance builds quickly. Eventually, the individual needs to take the drug just to feel normal because their brain cannot produce natural amounts of dopamine on its own. As the person’s dosage increase, they are at a greater risk of fatal heroin overdose.
As well having the ability to cause death by overdose, when a user suddenly stops using they will experience agonizing withdrawal symptoms. Users begin experiencing withdrawal between 6 and 12 hours after their last heroin dose. Users describe withdrawal as a horrible case of the flu. The worst pain and discomfort lasts a week with symptoms peaking during the second or third day. Depending on the level and length of use, recovering heroin addicts are likely to suffer post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS), including poor sleep, poor concentration, increased anxiety, depression, panic attacks, fatigue, hypersensitivity, irritability, mood swings, restlessness, and memory loss. PAWS can last anywhere from 18-24 months. It’s common for those suffering from heroin addiction to undergo either a Suboxone program or Methadone program to help mitigate the withdrawal symptoms.
Common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
- Muscle aches
Our Director will personally ensure that the patient undergoes their detoxification process at a private hospital before commence their heroin rehab program. During the detoxification process, he/she will be under the 24/7 care of licensed medical professionals before admission to the rehab treatment centre. Please fill out the Online Assessment Form to let us know what type of treatment and detoxification process may be required for the patient.
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