Heroin Rehab by Narconon
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What is Heroin
Heroin has been known as a highly addictive and dangerous drug for many years. Heroin is a natural substance derived from seed pods of the Asian opium poppy plant. After processing, heroin is either a powder or a sticky gummy substance known as “black tar”.
Heroin was originally brought to the United States in the 1800’s by Chinese immigrants that had come to work on the railroads. Today the poppy seeds are cultivated in these areas of the world:
• Southeast & Southwest Asia
• South America
Southwest Asia, particularly Afghanistan, accounted for 80.7% of known opium gum production, originating from the poppy seed pod.
Short Term Effects
Once heroin gets to the brain, it is converted to morphine, it binds to the opioid receptors blocking any pain a person might be feeling, either physical or mental. Once injected the user feels a warm flushing of the skin and a feeling of euphoria. This is sometimes followed by a feeling of nausea and induced vomiting. Some other effects are:
• Dry mouth
• Itching of the skin
• Cardiac functions slowed
• Slowness of breath
• Constricted pupils
• Nodding out
Long Term Effects
Continued use of heroin is devastating. Physically, heroin takes a toll on the body and brain. The drug actually depletes all of the body’s vitamins and replaces the brains natural chemicals with artificial chemicals. It can take up to two years for the brains chemistry to be normal again for a long time opiate user. Reports show that 80% of people infected with Hepatitis C are intravenous drug users. Heroin causes skin infections, abscesses and scaring of the veins from repeated use. Due to the cutting agents and potency of heroin always being different, overdoses are common occurrences.
Heroin Usage Statistics
In a recent study conducted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Department of Health and Human Services, reports show:
• 700,000 people from age 12 and up were using heroin
• 3.5 million Americans age 12 and up have tried heroin at least once in their lifetime
• Addicts spend roughly $150-$200 per day on heroin
• Roughly 600,000 people die each year in the U.S. from heroin use
• A kilogram of heroin cost $2,520 in Pakistan
• Roughly 1,000 people are put on the death penalty for drug related offences each year
These statistics are devastating and do not begin to shed a light on how serious the problem really is.
Overview & Options
If you are trying to seek help for someone, first you have to understand what heroin is. It is a drug derived from the sap of the opium poppy. This is a group of pain killing drugs. Heroin is very addictive and can be used in many ways. Most heroin users are physically addicted. After you know what the drug is, you need to understand the affects of it. Heroin affects the pleasurable and dependable part of you brain. It also mimics endorphins in the brain that block pain and feeling. Quickly after using heroin, the drug is converted to morphine and binds very quickly to the opioid receptors.
Then the user gets a rush, the intensity of the rush depends on how much drug is consumed and how often. After they get their dose or fix, they will be warm and happy. They will no longer have the negative feelings they ad before using. Heroin also affects the central nervous system which slows breathing and heart rate down. Notice the problem and know that the longer they use it, the harder it will be to get them to stop. Try to get them into treatment immediately. Be supportive and remember that it is hard to detox. Symptoms will slowly get better after the third day of withdrawal. All the withdrawal symptoms should be gone in roughly seven to ten days.
In order to be effective and completely safe, a holistic approach to heroin withdrawal and treatment is best. A healthy, natural treatment program is a solid solution to heroin addiction rather than that of a drug substitution program. The effects of such a program are lasting and grounded. The first priority of a holistic program is handling the body and the cravings. This is accomplished by ridding the body of the left-over drug residuals, which are triggering the user to crave and relapse. Once this is completely handled, the life skills necessary to deal with any future issues is the next phase.
There should be no set period of time to allow an individual to undergo the entire process. It should be done on an individual basis at one’s own rate to be successful.
For more information on heroin rehab call Narconon today at 800-468-6933.