There are few drugs more misunderstood than heroin. We can largely thank the shock-and-awe tactics of movies and television for that.
While most of the pop culture portrayals of drug addiction make for good popcorn entertainment, they don’t make for accurate representations of what heroin withdrawal actually looks like. We’re here to rectify that.
The first step in understanding heroin is to forget everything you think you know about it. It’s not just a street drug, it’s not just something that addicts use. Heroin is an opioid, and opioids are a class of drugs that includes some prescription painkillers like Percocet and OxyContin. In fact, many people who become addicted to heroin started out taking prescription opioids for pain relief.
In reality, heroin use is an ongoing problem and has risen drastically over the years. From 2014 to 2015, heroin overdose death rates increased over 20%. Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010.
Coping With the Reality of Heroin Addiction
Opioids work by binding to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which blocks pain signals from being sent to the brain. They also cause a release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate pleasure and reward in the brain. This is why opioids can be so addictive—they create a feeling of euphoria that can be hard to resist. And there’s the main problem: too many people can’t resist it.
If you are experiencing heroin addiction, you might wonder if you’ll ever recover from it. It won’t be easy, but the stages of heroin withdrawal are pretty straight forward. If you can get through this, you can get through anything.
Heroin addiction treatment is the answer to saving lives. Addiction is a serious disease that requires medical attention. With proper treatment, recovery is possible.
If you are struggling with a heroin addiction and you’re feeling helpless about getting better, call us at 833.433.0448. We can help you get your foot in the door to recovery. We have both detox and residential programs and accept most insurances. Call us today at 833.433.0448 and begin your journey to a full recovery.