What is Heroin?
Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug made from morphine. It can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Because it is sold illegally, heroin is often easier to get than prescription pills, and it delivers a more intense high.
What Impact Does Heroin Have?
Heroin binds to opioid receptors in the brain. These receptors reduce responses to pain and stress. They also influence the brain’s reward system.
Using heroin produces feelings of pleasure or euphoria, but it also suppresses heart rate and breathing because of the way it acts on the central nervous system. Overdosing on heroin is dangerous since it can stop a person’s breathing and lead to coma or even death.
What Are The Heroin Withdrawal Risks?
People who use heroin frequently can develop addiction and heroin dependency (dependency means a person has withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug).
Effects of heroin addiction include feeling an overwhelming urge to use the drug, using heroin despite negative consequences, using more of the drug than you intended or for a longer period than you intended, and engaging in risky behaviours. Those in the grip of a serious heroin addiction may lose their jobs, struggle financially, and damage important relationships.
Physical dependency can happen rapidly with heroin use. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Severe cravings
- Muscle and bone pain
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Sleep problems
- Cold flashes
- Goose bumps
- Uncontrollable leg movements
Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. It is important to seek care from a reputable treatment provider, such as Canadian Health Recovery Centre, that can consult around withdrawal needs and recommend withdrawal management centres.
How We Treat Heroin Addiction
Canadian Health Recovery Centre challenges traditional addiction treatment models. Our approach to heroin recovery is different. While many treatment programs stop at therapy, our heroin addiction recovery program addresses the underlying biological and biochemical imbalances that counselling alone can’t address.
Our interdisciplinary team uses a combination of evidence-based therapeutic tools, such as individual and group therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in addition to neuroplasticity education, for a truly holistic approach to addiction treatment.
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