The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that the State of Florida is having a heroin epidemic. Heroin related deaths are on the rise as Mexican drug lords flood Florida with Mexican white heroin, which is a very potent type of heroin. A small bag of the drug costs $10 on the street and is popular among young adults aged 18 to 29. Rehab facilities are reporting an increase in numbers of heroin addicts seeking their help. The rehab facilities around the State offer effective drug addiction rehab treatment, and they are helping heroin addicts recover from their addiction.
Biacetylmorphine, commonly known as heroin, is a powerful opioid narcotic derived from morphine and is up to four times more potent than morphine. It is classified as a Schedule I narcotic in the U.S. and is highly addictive both physically and psychologically. Heroin binds to the opoid receptors in the brain and produces an intense transcendent euphoria as it is being metabolized in the brain. Prolonged use of heroin will cause the body to build up a tolerance to the drug, and more intake of the drug will be required to achieve the same effects. Anyone who abuses heroin will quickly build up a tolerance to the drug, and that may lead to dependence on the drug.
Heroin is a potent narcotic that may cause dangerous changes to the physical and psychological make-up of the addict. Continued use of heroin will depress the central nervous system and cause structural and functional changes in the brain. Other physical adverse symptoms of heroin addiction include: inflammation of the heart lining and valves, infections, hypotension, collapsed veins, gastrointestinal cramping, respiratory depression, abscesses, nausea, seizures, liver disease, muscle spasms and blood clots. Psychological symptoms include: depression, agitation, disorientation, mood swings, delusions, hostility, and paranoia. Overdose heroin symptoms include: convulsions, coma and death.
Long term use of heroin will destroy the physical and mental health of the addict if they do not seek help. Florida has some of the best drug rehab facilities in the country, and they offer exceptional drug addiction rehab treatment to help heroin addicts.
Heroin and Rehab
Anyone addicted to heroin should contact a drug addiction rehab treatment facility. Once they begin treatment they will go through the withdrawal process where they will slowly be weaned off of the heroin. Many rehab facilities have medication compliance programs that give the patient medication to replace the heroin while they are going through withdrawal. The most common medications used to treat opioid dependence are: Methadone and Buprenorphine combined with Naloxone. These drugs bind to the opioid receptors in the brain and work as agonists, antagonists or both. Agonist drugs have symptoms that are similar to heroin. Antagonist drugs block and reverse the symptoms of heroin. The use of these drugs allows the addict to slowly be weaned off of the heroin. Withdrawal symptoms may also be treated with medications to reduce or eliminate them. Heroin withdrawal symptoms that the addict may experience include: intense heroin cravings, restlessness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, fever, runny nose, feelings of heaviness, sweating and arm and leg cramps.
After the withdrawal process has been completed, the patient will also receive individual and group addiction therapy. Both addiction therapy and co-occurring mental disorders will be treated. Individual counseling will offer private, confidential meetings with a licensed therapist to discuss personal feelings, goals, fears and any other issue that the patient is concerned about. Group therapy provides a forum for the patient to meet with other recovering addicts to discuss ideas and techniques that relate to recovery and relapse-prevention.
Most of Florida’s rehab facilities are indoctrinated in the belief that the patient should be treated holistically to balance the body, mind and spirit. Other addiction therapy that the patient may receive is: cognitive behavior therapy, family counseling, recreational therapy, spirituality and aftercare. All these treatments work together to empower the patient to live a drug-free, productive life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.