Heroin is a powerfully addictive drug of the opiate class. The body produces its own natural opiates, called endogenous opiates, which control pain and mediate pleasure. Heroin acts on the central nervous system in a similar way but with additional side effects. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the poppy plant. It is fast acting and poses many potentially serious health risks. Because its action is so fast, heroin is particularly addictive. Bow Creek & Bella Vista drug rehab specializes in heroin addiction treatment.
Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Street names for heroin include junk, bomb, skag, Harry, and H. Street names may reflect the specific geographical area of origin (for example, Mexican black tar).
Heroin can be injected, snorted, or smoked. Historically, most heroin users have injected the drug, but evidence suggests a recent trend towards smoking and snorting.
Heroin is metabolized and converted to morphine in the brain, where it binds to opioid receptors and produces a euphoric rush of pleasure called a rush. The drug has a depressant effect on the central nervous system, slowing breathing and suppressing pain. After the initial rush, the user often experiences a drowsy state (called being “on the nod”) in which thought becomes clouded. The drug also affects other organ systems, such as the digestive system.
In addition to the powerful rush of pleasure, heroin use induces:
Withdrawal symptoms can include:
It is necessary for an individual that is addicted to heroin to find professional drug addiction treatment. Heroin addiction treatment allows the individual to safely detox from the substance, and then receive the therapy and rehab necessary to get back to their life.
Bow Creek offers clients effective treatment for heroin addiction. Our therapists use a variety of drug treatment programs that are designed to help meet each individual’s needs. Through individual and group addiction therapy sessions, we help address all the underlying causes of addiction.
Contact us today to learn more about how our experienced professionals can help treat this dangerous addiction.