Heroin is one of the most destructive and physically addictive drugs. Recovering from a heroin addiction is a very difficult and painful process. It is estimated that 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it. Nationwide addiction statistics show that Heroin is making a comeback, especially among adults over the age of 30. Heroin quickly builds up a tolerance within the body, requiring higher doses to achieve the desired high. This tolerance creates a physical and mental dependence, or addiction to the drug. An opiate, Heroin gives the user feelings of euphoria, followed by a pleasant drowsiness. Heroin use also produces intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it difficult for addicts to stop use on their own.
Most individuals will require a detoxification and drug addiction treatment program to successfully end their heroin addiction. Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, including fatal overdose, collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and liver or kidney disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health of the abuser as well as from heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin often contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys or brain, causing permanent damage to these vital organs.
Suncrest Counseling is a state-licensed substance abuse treatment center. We will customize a treatment plan to help you recover from Heroin. Suncrest is also a state-licensed Day Treatment facility and can provide an intensive program where you can attend counseling each weekday.