Heroin one of the most abused illegal drugs in the United States. Both heroin and painkillers are made from opiates, which is why heroin is often the next phase for people who have become addicted to painkillers. Heroin is extremely potent and the effects are felt quickly, making it very easy to develop an addiction. Unfortunately, it is also very easy to overdose on heroin, making it one of the more deadly forms of addiction.
Recovering from heroin addiction is possible, but only with commitment and resolve. Relapse rates for recovering heroin addicts are high, which is why treatment at The Carter Treatment Center was designed to help patients resist the temptations of relapse. We utilize holistic therapies that teach patients new skills that combat the physical, mental, and emotional effects of addiction. Our support doesn’t end once your rehab has ended, we’re here for you the rest of your life.
Our heroin addiction rehab centers can be found in Cumming and Suwanee. Call (678) 737-4430 today.
What Heroin Does
Knowing how heroin affects your mind and body can be helpful when working through recovery. Heroin is extracted from morphine, and once it enters the brain it turns into morphine once again, where it binds to the body’s opioid receptors. This creates a sense of euphoria, reducing anxiety and minimizing the effects of pain. It is this pleasurable sensation that contributes to the addiction. The brain is highly susceptible to “good feeling” and will start to seek them out whenever possible.
While the drug has a pleasurable effect on the brain, it does terrible damage to the body. The effects of euphoria only last for a few minutes, followed by a 10- to 20-minute “rush” period, which is the true “high” feeling the drug creates. Once the drug wears off, the body begins to feel the effects.
Heroin has many detrimental effects on the body:
- An itchy feeling on the skin
- Confusion and difficulty thinking
- Sudden feeling of “sleepiness”, more akin to falling unconscious than actual sleep
- Irregular heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
These are only the short-term effects of heroin, and even these can be life-threatening. Long-term often results in a tolerance, resulting in increased usage of the drug each time, causing more severe side effects.
Recovering From Heroin & The Importance of Rehab
Once the body develops a dependency on heroin, cutting yourself off from the drug is hard not only mentally, but physically. Withdrawal can cause anxiety, agitation, diarrhea, stomach cramps, muscle spasms and a variety of other symptoms. If you or a loved one experience any of these after taking heroin, it means an addiction has formed and it is imperative that you receive help.
At The Carter Treatment Center, we support patients with counseling, group therapy, outdoor activities, and life coaching skills that help them learn new ways of coping with stress in order to overcome addiction. This is an important commitment that takes resolve, but moments of weakness are expected, and we’ll be there for you when you need us.
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