Heroin abuse and addiction rates have been rising throughout the country and especially in Florida. According to a report on the National Institute on Drug Abuse, death from heroin overdoses rose 89 percent statewide from 62 in 2011 to 117 in 2012. For this reason, Heroin Treatment Florida is widely available throughout the Sunshine State. The first step in overcoming addiction is admitting that you have a problem and wanting to seek help for it. Heroin Treatment Florida can help you in your struggle and help you take back your life.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is classified as an opiate, which is a category of highly addictive drugs and medications. It is made from morphine, which in turn comes from the opium poppy.
Heroin addiction usually stems from a dependency on prescription opiates such as OxyContin and Percocet. Once these get too expensive to purchase, users will turn to heroin, which is a cheaper alternative that is more readily available.
Heroin affects pain receptors in the brain, causing the user to feel euphoric and calm. The heart rate slows, which could be potentially dangerous and fatal. When people continuously use heroin and stimulate these receptors, their brains develop a tolerance, resulting in addicts taking higher and higher doses each time. If this cycle continues, users could end up taking too much heroin and die as a result of an overdose.
Heroin Treatment Florida
It is difficult to detox from heroin; however, it is possible. The patient must be 100 percent willing to get sober in order for this process to be successful. In medical detox, there are drugs that can be used to lessen an addict’s dependency, such as methadone morphine. Unfortunately, there is a possibility that an addiction to these can develop as well. Over time, the methadone dose will be reduced as the addict become less dependent on it.
After detox is complete, it is crucial that patients attend relapse prevention programs and go to therapy sessions. Narcotics Anonymous is a support group that implements the 12-step model, in which attendees reach recovery through a Higher Power. Addicts attend these meetings long after recovery is complete in order to stay sober. Each member is paired with a “sponsor” who will help them out when cravings develop.
You don’t have to let addiction take over your life. Heroin Treatment Florida can help you turn your life around. Call today.
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.