Heroin is a very addictive and intense drug. Making the choice to discontinue heroin use is an important step to taking control of your life again. The first step for treatment for heroin addiction is detox. It’s necessary to detox your body from drugs before you can begin the work of recovery. During the detox process, your body will go through uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that can vary in intensity depending on many different factors. Read on to learn more about heroin withdrawal symptoms and treatment.
What is heroin?
Heroin is an opiate that suppresses some of the body’s vital central nervous system functions. This means it affects the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and body temperature regulation. The drug binds to opioid receptors in the brain, causing intense feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Because of the physical and psychological effects of heroin, it is one of the most highly addictive drugs.
What are heroin withdrawal symptoms like?
Because of the intensity of heroin’s addictive qualities, withdrawal from this drug is extremely intense as well. Withdrawal symptoms are essentially the opposite of the powerful euphoria effects it has while it is being abused. These symptoms can include reduced heart rate, sedation, extreme mood swings, nausea, headaches, vomiting, and confusion. Because of the intensity and severity of heroin withdrawal symptoms, medical supervision is necessary.
What is heroin treatment like?
After the 1-2-week detox period, treatment for heroin addiction can begin. This can include immersive one on one therapy, group therapy, and other methods. If the addiction was long-term and severe, in-patient treatment is recommended. The important thing is to stay clean and focus on the underlying reasons for the drug addiction.
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