Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine which is from the opium poppy plant. Heroin is an illegal street drug and is classified as a schedule I drug; it can be injected, inhaled or smoked. It can be white or brown powder or a sticky black substance otherwise known as “Black Tar”, “Dope or “Smack” in street slang. When heroin is injected, it causes a feeling known as “rush.” The euphoria can last anywhere from 45 seconds to as long as several minutes. Usually the most intense peak effects can span 2 hours but the overall “high” wears off in about 5 hours after use.
Heroin Addiction & Prescription Painkillers
Heroin is considered one of the most addictive opiate analgesics, because of its intense high. Its effect is so powerful that it is known to lead to addiction even after the first use. It is both physically and psychologically addictive because the high comes from activating the brain’s center of pleasure and reward. In addition to the high, users can alternate between sleep and wake, known as “nodding off.”
It used to be that people thought of heroin users as hardened addicts who had no willpower and were bent on self-destruction. We now know heroin addiction can affect anyone, and people from all walks of life have found themselves in this predicament. As many professionals can attest, one reason for this is because prescription painkillers such as Oxycodone can be a gateway to heroin use. Heroin is often a cheaper alternative and is usually made easier to obtain on the black market than its prescription counterpart.
Heroin Addiction Treatment Options
Many people who have become dependent upon heroin or other opiates feel like there is no hope for recovery. There are, however, multiple methods of treatment available for heroin addiction. Some choose opiate substitution therapy with Suboxone or Methadone. These replacement medications are opiates that can help patients slowly titrate their use and avoid the intense withdrawal heroin can cause. Opiate substitution therapy can be used for a determined length of time or sometimes as a life-long commitment. The replacement opiates can cause severe physical dependency and addiction themselves, eventually requiring detoxification in order to discontinue use.
There may be some people who find it extremely difficult to get through the heroin withdrawal process and want to rid themselves completely of opiates. These individuals may seek other options like inpatient detoxification, drug rehabs or rapid drug detox. These treatment options offer various methods, practices and modalities in helping the person get through the withdrawal in order to achieve the full detoxification from heroin. Great scientific advances have been made in recent years in the treatment of addiction. There are exceptionally successful medical detoxification treatments that can eliminate most of the unnecessary suffering and bring about lasting recovery like the Waismann Method heroin detox treatment.
People from around the world choose our program for heroin treatment because:
- We pioneered the rapid detox procedure over 17 years ago.
- We have one of the highest safety standards and success rates in this field.
- Our process is humane, dignified and private.
- We offer a number of medical detoxification options in order to fit each patient’s unique medical needs.
- We offer private rooms throughout the stay, giving patients individualized attention.
- We have treated thousands of patients successfully.
- Waismann’s reputation in heroin treatment and exceptional care are unmatched.
Waismann Method ® professionals do not rely on replacement therapy with drugs like Methadone or Suboxone. Our rapid drug detox is considered one of the best and safest opiate detox in the nation for a number of safety factors, including the requirement that all anesthesia-assisted detox are performed in the ICU of a full service accredited hospital where patients are admitted for a few days, evaluated, treated and professionally cared for.
Once the patient is cleared for the rapid heroin detox procedure, intravenous medication will be given to sedate the patient in order to safely and effectively get them through the withdrawal process with minimum discomfort. After a few days in their private room in our hospital and once medically stable, patients are transferred to our renowned Domus Retreat after-care facility for further professional care through the physical and emotional adjustment period. At the Domus Retreat our guests are pampered and cared for 24/7 while given the opportunity to recover in a safe and protected environment. This immediate post care that we have created exclusively for our patients who have just undergone rapid detox is a crucial part of the process because it minimizes the chances of unsupervised medical complications and emotional distress that are the main fear for most.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
The disease of heroin addiction is progressive and doesn’t usually get better on its own. People may try to stop taking heroin for a period, but many return to use when opiate withdrawal sets in. Withdrawal has been known to be painfully intense and difficult.
These are some of the symptoms that people can have while attempting home withdrawal:
- Muscle spasms
- Itching that leads to compulsive scratching
- Cold sweats
- Muscle and bone aches
- Diarrhea and fever
- Heroin Side Effects
Common side effects associated with heroin use include:
- Shallow breathing
- Weak pulse
- Respiratory depression
- Lowered heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Muscle spasms
- Rash and itching
- Physical and psychological dependence
Severe Side Effects Can Include:
- Liver disease
- Diminished sex drive
- Risk of heart problems
- Skin infections
Injecting heroin can also lead to collapsed veins and needle sharing increases the risks of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tetanus.
If you or someone you love is suffering from heroin addiction contact one of our drug abuse specialist at the Waismann Method rapid drug detoxification center to learn more about heroin detox, and break the chain of opiate dependency, (310) 205-0808.
“This is the experience of a lifetime. Staff is so caring. This has changed my life.”
— Heroin Treatment Patient