Opiate & Heroin Addiction Treatment & Information – What Is Heroin?
Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the Asian opium poppy plant. It appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin,” depending if you are addicting to smoking it or injecting it.
Short-term effects of use can include:
- Nodding off (alternately alert and drowsy state)
- Dry mouth
- Severe itching
- Constricted Pupils
- Nausea, vomiting
- Slowed mental function
- Reduced physical pain
- Flushed skin
- Weak muscles and strength
- Slowed breathing
- Overdose and/or death
Long-term effects of use can include:
- Bad teeth
- Inflammation of the gums and mouth
- Cold sweats
- Weak immune system
- Respiratory (breathing) illnesses
- Muscular weakness, partial paralysis
- Reduced sexual capacity and long-term impotence in men
- Menstrual disturbance in women
- Inability to achieve orgasm
- Loss of memory and intellectual performance
- Pustules on the face
- Loss of appetite
Heroin Treatment Options
A range of treatments exist for addiction, including medications and behavioral addiction therapies. Treatment often begins with medically assisted detoxification, to help patients withdraw from the drug safely. Medications such as Methadone and, now, Suboxone can be used to help minimize the symptoms of opiate withdrawals.
Medications to help prevent relapse include the following:
Methadone has been used for more than 30 years to treat heroin addiction Arizona. It is a synthetic opiate medication that binds to the same receptors as heroin; but when taken orally, it has a gradual onset of action and sustained effects, reducing the desire for other drugs and alcohol while preventing the withdrawal symptoms. Properly administered methadone is not intoxicating, and its effects do not interfere with ordinary daily activities to a certain degree. Methadone maintenance treatment, or MAT in Scottsdale, is usually conducted in specialized opiate treatment programs. The most effective maintenance programs or MAT include individual and/or group counseling, as well as a referral to other needed medical, psychological, and social services, most importantly, a luxury drug rehab center in Arizona.
Buprenorphine / Suboxone is a more recently approved treatment for heroin addiction (and other opiates). Compared with methadone, buprenorphine produces less risk for overdose and withdrawal effects and produces a lower level of physical dependence, so patients who discontinue the medication generally have fewer withdrawal symptoms than those who stop taking methadone. The development of buprenorphine and its authorized use in physicians’ offices give opiate-addicted patients more medical options and extend the reach of addiction medication. Its accessibility may even prompt attempts to obtain treatment earlier. However, not all patients respond to buprenorphine—some continue to require treatment with methadone. There are many Suboxone Doctors and MAT facilities in Arizona including Arizona Recovery.
For pregnant abusers, methadone maintenance combined with prenatal care and a comprehensive drug treatment program can improve many of the detrimental maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with untreated heroin abuse.
Call us today at 866-230-7375 for more information and please, don’t wait any longer, as things will get worse without treatment.