In 1895, Heinrich Dreser, a German chemist for the Bayer Company synthesized heroin in 1895. It makes sense that Bayer’s little pills for headaches, at that time, produced miraculous cures and recommended heroin in a watered-down state, for children as medicine to treat coughs, colds and “irritation” as late as 1912. But opiate drugs such as heroin can cause the body to feel the need for the substance, and crave it, resulting in an opioid addiction. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are long and gruesome, so it’s best to not mess with the substance, no matter how small the dose.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that heroin addiction is increasing. The CDC found that heroin accounted for the second highest number of deaths, behind opioids, in that 14,606 lives were lost in 2016 which was a 19% increase over 2015 (12,284 people). The population with the highest growth rate of heroin use, young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 with an increase of 62.5%. People of this age are incredibly susceptible to peer pressure and opioids come in many forms that can be taken casually. Cocaine addiction can come from partying or hanging out with people who do cocaine, and this can lead to more intense addictions. Heroin addiction treatment is a process that can take time and pain to complete in Mesa, so we recommend staying away at all costs.
Heroin is highly addictive, even more, addictive than morphine, because of the drug’s properties and its effects on the brain. It is said that the neural receptors for heroin are located in the reward centers of the brain. Those who use heroin want the feelings of pleasure, a sense of well being, warmth, euphoria and a desire to seek new mental experiences.
Heroin overwhelms its user. While the physiology of heroin addiction has been sorted out, there is generally no accepted psychological theory as to why one would choose heroin use. The concept of an addictive personality has been suggested but is not completely proven, but there are those who seek overwhelming highs, even if it could be dangerous. Addiction medicine specialists here at 2nd Chance Treatment work to understand these sides of the addiction to help patients repel that sort of behavior.
Addictive behaviors have common characteristics:
1. Shows obsessive behavior and continually thinks about an activity or an object.
2. Engages in this behavior even though it causes harm.
3. Cannot stop this behavior but is compelled to participate in the action over and over.
4. When the activity is finally finished, the person shows withdrawal symptoms such as depression or being irritable.
5. Has a loss of control of the behavior.
6. Denial of the problem even though sees the behavior having adverse effects.
7. Has low self-esteem and feels anxious that he has no control of over his or her environment.
The signs of heroin abuse include:
The most important aspect of an effective heroin addiction program is to know when it is effective. A treatment program must have goals set to help the individual achieve the life that suits healthy living and safe relationships. Our drug treatment programs are bimodal incorporating a medical/physiological and psychological/ behavioral components. Both components have the same goals, becoming a fully holistic addiction treatment process. When a person enters a program, a full evaluation is made. It is important that dual diagnosis treatment is provided to treat both mental and substance abuse disorders.
The 2nd Chance Drug Treatment Program is an outpatient program that has placed its emphasis on:
* An integrated treatment approach
* An outpatient evidence-based treatment model whose goals are to increase retention rates and improve treatment outcomes.
* Maintenance Medication
* Behavioral Therapy
* Patient Education & Resources
2nd Chance offer Suboxone treatment options for those recovering from opioid addictions. This maintenance medication can ease the patient from withdrawal symptoms while allowing the patient to continue working and spending time with their family.
Mesa has a number of options in the treatment of heroin. 2nd Chance is dedicated to providing wholesome and necessary aid to those who are recovering from heroin withdrawals or other opioid-related addictions. The numbers for opiate addictions are on the rise and it’s our goal to help the Mesa and surrounding areas keep people healthy and with fulfilled lives.