Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug. It is used by millions of addicts around the world who are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives—knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal. Heroin addiction can be very devastating to the user and his or her family alike. Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower. This opium is refined to make morphine, then further refined into different forms of heroin.
Heroin can be injected, inhaled by snorting or sniffing, or smoked. All three routes of administration deliver the drug to the brain very rapidly, which contributes to its health risks and to its high risk for addiction, which is a chronic relapsing disease caused by changes in the brain and characterized by uncontrollable drug-seeking no matter the consequences. Chronic use of heroin leads to physical dependence, a state in which the body has adapted to the presence of the drug. If a dependent user reduces or stops use of the drug abruptly, he or she may experience severe symptoms of withdrawal.
Withdrawal occurs when a heroin user stops using heroin abruptly; his or her body becomes very sick in response to needing more heroin.
Treatment For Heroin Addiction
Here at the Northern Arizona Center for Addiction we know what it’s like to struggle with heroin addiction. Many of our staff have also struggled with addiction but have managed to use the tools that are handed to us in early recovery. We firmly believe that if you are honest with yourself and you are ready to face the challenge, you too will experience the joy and happiness that comes from being clean.
Once you’ve made the decision to face your heroin addiction, there are a couple things to keep in mind.
- There’s no magic bullet or single treatment that works for everyone. This is why the Northern Arizona Center for Addiction offers individualized treatment plans for all of our clients. We understand the importance of dealing with every person on a case to case basis.
- Treatment should address more than just your drug abuse. Addiction affects your whole life, including relationships, career, health, and psychological well-being. We focus on all aspects of your life, not just what you did when you were using
- Commitment and follow-through are key. Drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you’ll need. The Northern Arizona Center for Addiction provides top-level care as well as helping develop a solid relapse prevention plan before you graduate our program
What Do We Do At Our Heroin Rehab Center
We understand what it is like to feel hopeless, lost and afraid. We are here to help you walk the road to long-term recovery. Call the Northern Arizona Center for Addiction or fill out our insurance verification form to get the help you need for your heroin addiction recovery.