Addiction to any substance requires a battle to overcome. There is no easy way out of that minefield across the board but there are some drugs that take a much stronger hold. Some which don’t let go of your body or mind as easily. Heroin is one of those heavy hitters that’s highly, highly addictive and therefore exceedingly difficult to kick. At Star Recovery Center’s rehab centers in Orange County, we’re here to inform you of the dangers of heroin and how to break a heroin addiction.
What Is Heroin?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes heroin as “an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin”. They go on to describe that the addictive nature of heroin comes from it binding to opioid receptors on cells in many areas of the brain, particularly those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure. And long term usage changes the physical structure and physiology of the brain, creating long-term imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems that are not easily reversed.
It’s an extreme rush and additionally, because it’s an opioid, it works to dampen and minimize pain and promote relaxation. What ends up happening is that a user begins to build a tolerance and needs ever-increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same feeling of euphoria. The danger here is self-evident, the more you take in one dose, the higher the chances of overdosing become.
The hazards and risk don’t end there though, unlike prescription opioids which have regulated usage, dosage and quality controls, heroin is illegal. You or your loved one is purchasing it on the streets. What the means, of course, is that there is no guarantee of the quality or strength. You may end up buying a significantly more potent dose than expected without even knowing it.
And to reiterate, all of this is made substantially worse because it’s such a highly addictive drug. It’s possible to get hooked from the first time and the chance of that happening isn’t exactly slim.
Best Way to Get off Heroin
The simple thing to do is seek help. Naturally, that is easier said than done since admitting to and opening up about addiction is extraordinarily difficult. Users go to great lengths to mask their drug use and deny a problem exists in the first place. This is par for the course.
After breaking through that difficult initial stage of admitting there’s a problem in the first place, the next step is to work on getting clean. Like all powerful drugs, quitting heroin abruptly poses its own profoundly serious health risks. Quitting cold turkey is not only tough but it’s dangerous. Detoxing at a facility that knows how to deal with your withdrawal symptoms and understands on a visceral level what that experience is like is crucial. Not only that but detoxing under the supervision of medical professionals means it’s guided, there’s the possibility of being prescribed medication to manage those uncomfortable symptoms and get you to the other side more comfortably.
After that comes the work of recovery and getting your mind, body and life back on track. At Star Recovery Center, how to beat a heroin addiction often looks like participating in a residential inpatient treatment program where you stay with us for 30-60+ days and receive a high level of care and attention, separated from the outside world. Distraction-free and able to focus fully on the task of recovery.
Inpatient treatment transitions to outpatient care where you reintegrate back into your life, with our support the entire way, and come see us for continued therapy, counseling or whatever your recovery plan entails.
The Best Way to Get off Heroin Is at Star Recovery Center
Here at Star Recovery Center’s drug rehab in Anaheim, CA, we understand that men have unique and specific needs through this process which is why we offer gender-specific, men-only inpatient treatment. If you or a man in your life is struggling with heroin addiction, reach out to us today and we can get you started down the road to recovery.