Looking for a place to detox from heroin at? Landmark Recovery provides full addiction services to those struggling with substance abuse issues for substances like heroin. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible in the next century starting with you. Let us help get you back on the path to achieving the goals you have in mind for your life.
Heroin is an opioid drug that comes from the opium poppy. The opium poppy is a plant that’s been harvested to some degree for the last 10,000 years. Poppy plants have been used as an analgesic agent for the last 3,500 years. Morphine was the first and is still regarded as the gold-standard opioid drug made from the resin of the opium poppy.
First isolated in a lab in 1806, morphine began to be misused widely after the introduction of the hypodermic needle in 1853. In 1895, Bayer began marketing a version of heroin for cough suppression; little did they know what they had done. Until the Harrison Narcotic Act was passed in 1914, opioids were commonly found in over-the-counter supplements with snake oil ingredients. Hundreds of thousands had gotten hooked by that point.
Heroin works as an analgesic, which is a substance that blocks pain in its users. It binds to the opioid receptors in the body and is three times more potent than morphine. Due to increased fat solubility, heroin can cross the blood-brain faster than morphine, meaning that effects can be felt much faster. Heroin can be blocked by opioid antagonists like Narcan, which blocks the ability of opioid receptors to absorb opioid substances. The addictive effects of heroin statistically follow most users all their life, leading to the necessity of robust treatment programs and accountability to ensure relapses don’t occur.
Heroin affects the user by inducing what users have described as an intense euphoria, almost sexual in nature, that blocks pain and creates a relaxing state in which you can exist for a time before the comedown. When heroin is taken, it lowers the breathing and heart rate; this can have catastrophic effects if an overdose happens without an opioid antagonist being available. Because some of the opioid receptors in the brain are in the medulla’s chemoreceptor trigger zone, nausea can be triggered, causing the user to vomit.
Ironically, opioid drugs like heroin are super-effective antidiarrheals, causing significant constipation and other gastrointestinal issues. Heroin can cause hormonal abnormalities in long-term users, including lowered testosterone in men and reproductive issues in women. Due to the high amount of tolerance that can be achieved when abusing opioids, heroin use can cause cross-tolerance in which other opioids aren’t effective.
Withdrawal from heroin is rough. Massive dysphoria can occur, accompanied by high levels of depression. Insomnia and irritability show up in withdrawing individuals’ personalities. Gastrointestinal overcompensation can happen, causing diarrhea.
In the state of Connecticut, heroin is abused at a relatively low rate. The current percentage of the state population that’s used heroin in the last year for adults is 0.36%. The highest rate of heroin use in the state is 18- to 25-year-olds at a rate of 0.38% per year. Any number that’s non-zero is too high, which is where Landmark Recovery comes in.
At Landmark, we value holistic treatment plans, which is why we go beyond the traditional detox and rehab. Our facilities offer both residential and outpatient services, including partial hospitalization if needed. Medication-assisted treatment is undertaken if a patient’s medical needs call for it. We make sure there are multiple paths toward recovery to achieve full and lasting recovery so we’re as effective as possible.
Holistic treatment includes therapy and counseling in different forms, along with 12-step programs like AA and NA. Once you graduate from our program, we give you access to a nationwide alumni program so you can connect with others in recovery and get the educational resources you need to win the day.
To learn more about how Landmark Recovery can help you start your life in recovery on the right path, call us at (860) 485-7361 today. Let us save your life in ways that will get you back on the path of living life on your terms.
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