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HEROIN ADDICTION

Effective Heroin Addiction Treatment

Probably the most important benefit to attending a residential detox centre for heroin addiction is that this allows the addict to be completely removed from their daily life where people and places encourage them to use. Instead, they are able to stay in a safe place where everyone shares the same goal – ridding themselves of their addictions. Residential heroin reliance treatment also provides counsellors and support workers round-the-clock, meaning that no matter what time of day, there is someone to speak tor for support. Completely confidential inpatient treatment allows addicts the ability to remove themselves from all regular life stressors while focusing completely on addiction recovery.

Is Medically Supervised Detoxrequired for Heroin Addiction?

Heroin withdrawal symptoms are often felt within a couple of hours after the last high wears off, and include the following:

  • Yawning
  • Uncontrollable crying
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats/chills
  • Severe muscle and bone aches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Although withdrawal symptoms for heroin can be incredibly painful and physically and psychologically uncomfortable, they are not life-threatening and thus a medically supervised detox is not required. However, it is suggested that during this period of withdrawal, a heroin addict is monitored by an addiction counsellor or support worker. Because of the severity of these withdrawal symptoms it is very common for addicts to give up on recovery at this point. In severe cases, methadone may be administered to help soothe the withdrawal symptoms and ease body off the drug.

What Types of Heroin Addiction Methods Work Best?

Heroin addiction is one of the most disabling drug addictions. It is rare to see a high-functioning heroin addict – meaning that they are able to maintain work, family and social obligations during their addiction. However, especially in the case of different opiate addictions such as opium or prescription drugs, outpatient treatment is an option for those who have not yet hit ‘rock bottom’. For those who have difficulty maintaining day to day responsibilities, or who have completely lost everything due to their addiction, inpatient addiction treatment is recommended. Our comfortable private villas sit amidst sprawling tropical gardens. If not for the counselling sessions and medical staff, one might mistake The Cabin Chiang Mai for one of Thailand’s famous luxury resorts.

Heroin Addiction and Its Effects on the Brain

An extremely addictive drug, heroin use changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain which not only makes the users crave more and more of the drug (active addiction), but studies show that heroin promotes the deterioration of the brain’s white matter as well. This can affect a person’s decision making abilities as well as the ability to regulate behaviour and responses to stressful situations.

Long-Term Health Effects of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction can lead to many severe and dangerous long-term effects which include:

  • Addiction/heroin dependency resulting in extreme withdrawals when ceasing use
  • Contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases
  • Collapsed veins
  • Contracting bacterial or fungal infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Death
  • Infection of the heart lining and valves
  • Rheumatologic problems such as arthritis
  • Poisoning from contaminants added to cut/dilute heroin
  • Death is the final stage for approximately 50% of all heroin users with the major cause of death being overdose. Heroin overdose is incredibly common because tolerance to the drug develops quite quickly in the body, causing users to seek more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects. Eventually, a user takes more than the human body can handle, even after developing a tolerance, and overdose occurs.

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