Landmark Recovery is proud to offer the best in heroin rehab in Connecticut. Our facilities feature our full continuum of care, designed to get you back on your feet after defeating substance abuse once and for all.
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.
Heroin rehab can be a bit of a system shock, but Landmark Recovery is prepared to make your time with us as effective and smooth as possible. We offer inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization treatment, and medication-assisted treatment for cases when an extra boost is needed to get you over the hill.
At our facilities, we offer 12-step programs like AA and NA to help maximize gains made during heroin rehab. To ensure our treatment is holistic, we also provide therapy and counseling sessions so we can treat the root causes of drug addiction. Once you graduate from our facility, you’ll get access to an alumni program with a myriad of educational resources.
Want to learn more about how Landmark Recovery can help you get back on your feet and living the life you deserve? Give us a call at (860) 485-7361 today to speak with one of our staff. We would love to help assist you in your journey towards recovery.
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