A Steps Recovery Center
Heroin DetoxSteps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating heroin addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Information on HeroinPure heroin is a white powder with a tart taste that some people use for its euphoric effects. It’s a highly addictive drug, and it’s derived from the morphine alkaloid found in opium poppy plants. However, this drug contains three times more potent than morphine. Individuals who use heroin generally inject, smoke, or snort it up their nose. Heroin is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, so it’s use carries stiff penalties. Moreover, the medical use of this drug is illegal in the United States. Most heroin is illegally sold as a white or brownish powder, and it’s usually mixed with other substances such as starch, sugar, powdered milk, or quinine to conceal it. Another type of heroin is known as black tar, which is sticky and hard, similar to coal and roofing tar. Most heroin users are unaware of its full strength and actual contents, so they’re at high risk of overdose. Furthermore, most of them consume this drug through an intravenous injection because it’s the quickest way to achieve a euphoria rush.
Effects of HeroinSome of the effects of heroin use include:
- After injection, a person may feel a surge of euphoria followed by warm skin, dry mouth, and a shift in personality.
- After a euphoria rush, a person may fluctuate between a wakeful and drowsy state.
- A person’s mental functioning may become clouded due to a collapse in their central nervous system.
- The short-term effects of heroin use appear after a single dose and can last a few hours.
- Collapsed veins
- Endocarditis (heart inflammation)