Heroin Addiction

heroin addiction

Heroin addiction is one of the most dangerous addictions with one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. According to the United Nations, about 12 million people inject drugs such as heroin in their body.  Heroin is the drug that kills the most people, not only in the United Kingdom but also worldwide. More than 2000 people died in 2016 because of heroin use. Heroin is a very addictive drug, and it’s extremely hard to get clean. However, it is possible by undertaking a heroin rehab  programme.

Heroin addiction

Heroin is a drug made from morphine, which is extracted from a plant called the opium poppy. Opium is one of the oldest drugs in the world. At first, it was given to people who have struggled with insomnia, and for those who needed it as a painkiller.

Morphine is normally given out in hospitals as painkillers, for moderate to severe pain. Heroin is called diamorphine, as it is three times as strong as it’s parent morphine. The reason it’s used as a recreational drug, is the fact that it gives people a sense of euphoria. Euphoria is a sense where some one feels extremely happy and content. It is very highly addictive, as it is frequently listed as the hardest drug to recover from.

How Heroin will ruin your quality of life

Heroin is dangerous.  Heroin addiction increases the chances of you contracting a serious disease. Often, HIV is contracted from sharing needles with others or having unprotected sex.

In the short term, heroin will cause some changes in your body. First time users will feel nauseous, and even experienced users will throw up at times. Long term, you’ll lose weight at an alarming rate, and your appearance will be completely different. If heroin does not kill you, it will ruin your quality of life.

However, getting rid of your heroin addiction will not be easy. You’ll have to live with some heavy withdrawal symptoms.

Heroin Withdrawal symptoms

Heroin addiction withdrawal can be intense.  Many heroin addicts who want to start rehab, are discouraged when they see the list of withdrawal symptoms. Heroin Rehab is hard work and you may feel pain but it is worth it to get your life back on track. Knowing what will happen and knowing the side effects will help you get ready for the task ahead.

One of the main issues you’ll go through, is extreme muscle aches and pains. The Heroin ‘superflu’ is another famed withdrawal symptom.  The symptoms you get are very similar to the flu, but worse.

  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting/Nausea
  • Drug Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Chills
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Heightened Heart Rate
  • Seizures

Heroin addiction rehab

The withdrawal symptoms stated above, are serious. That is why it is extremely important, that you do your heroin rehab in a controlled environment, where there are professionals to guide you through your struggles.  At Ocean Recovery Centre we can help you recover from your addiction. Heroin rehab is a gradual process, which will work out in a few steps.

Step 1: Heroin detox

Heroin detox means cleansing your body from the substance. Withdrawal symptoms will follow the detox once the heroin is out of your system.

Heroin has a short half-life. That means that the duration of the effects of the drug is fairly short, and it will be out of your system in a few hours. In comparison with cannabis for instance, which has a half life of a full month.

Step 2: Post-detox

A very important step on the road to recovery from heroin addiction is the post-detox. This stage is aimed towards changing your behaviour and way of thinking, so you will not have the urge to start doing heroin again. Many rehab centres will use rehabilitation techniques like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is a therapeutic treatment with the aim to improve your awareness of your triggers. Triggers are specific things or situations, that will start you craving for heroin. For example, you might have had a stressful day and you feel like injecting yourself will make you feel much better. That thought process can be stopped through the help of CBT.

Another successful treatment method, is medication. In the United Kingdom, the use of methadone is allowed to treat people with a heroin addiction. Methadone is a synthetic drug that was originally manufactured as a painkiller, but has also been used as a substitute for heroin. It mimics the effects of heroin, and will be gradually reduced over time.

For quick access to heroin rehab call Ocean Recovery Centre today

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