Heroin has a reputation as a dangerous and addictive drug. Overcoming the grasp of heroin addiction can be difficult, but achievable.
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Heroin is a manufactured drug that comes from the opium poppy plant. Unlike many other opioids and analgesics, it is illegal. However, it is still a powerful depressant, and is incredibly addictive. While heroin can contribute to feelings of euphoria and pain relief in the short term, it comes with a range of very harmful effects, including infertility, damage to the heart, lungs, and brain, and a high potential for overdose.
The Hader Clinic approaches heroin treatment using a holistic model of care. Through a range of therapies and programs, we treat the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual elements of addiction. Each treatment program will have unique features and costs depending on the patient.
Heroin is one of the most destructive drugs on the street today. Addiction affects many facets of day-to-day life. Fortunately, with the help of The Hader Clinic, these effects can be addressed.
Heroin can be difficult to withdraw from, and the exact symptoms will vary based on a patient's history with the substance. However, all heroin withdrawals are both physically and psychologically unpleasant.
The first stage of heroin treatment is usually Acute Withdrawal. These symptoms are physical and psychological, and can include:
The second stage of heroin withdrawal is Post Acute Withdrawal. These symptoms can last for weeks and months, and can include:
The Hader Clinic understands the difficulty of withdrawal from heroin. Our treatment plans address not only the physical symptoms, but also the psychological and emotional fallout of Post Acute withdrawal. We are experts at providing a safe and supported environment for heroin addicts to detox. Our specialist medical staff are on hand to ensure that patients are closely monitored at all times.
Heroin works by activating specific receptors in the brain. These are called mu-opioid receptors, and they are bound by chemicals called neurotransmitters which are delivered around the body to regulate pain, release hormones, and create feelings of calm and wellbeing.
Heroin stimulates the over-release of dopamine — the neurotransmitter present in the reward centre of the brain. Heroin floods the brain with unnatural endorphins to produce the warm high that the drug is renowned for.
Dopamine drives addictive behaviour and pattern drug use, especially for users in the early stages. As addiction progresses, the brain stops producing its own endorphins, and begins relying on heroin to compensate. This is the main reason that heroin is addictive — addicts literally cannot think and feel without it.
Like other illicit substances, including ecstasy and ice, when users buy heroin off the street, they run several risks. Aside from the illegality of purchasing heroin, one of the drug is the propensity for adulteration.
Heroin is always sold as a mixture of diacetylmorphine — the active ingredient of the poppy plant — and a range of other fillers. These fillers can potentially be poisonous, even deadly, to the human body if injected, snorted, or ingested.
Some common adulterants include:
Fentanyl, a well know opioid analogue, has been a cause of heroin overdoses in Australia and all over the world. As an analgesic, it is 50 times more potent than heroin, and can stop a person's breathing quickly. Due to its similar effects, it is often recklessly used to dilute heroin.
Heroin addiction can affect anyone. It doesn't matter how smart or sensible your loved one is. It doesn't matter how old they are, how much they earn, their gender, race, or any other demographic. Heroin addiction doesn't discriminate.
At The Hader Clinic, we've seen heroin addicts come from all walks of life. We understand that, while this may be a surprise to you, heroin addiction is an entirely normal and common disease. And like other diseases, it can be treated.
We look at each patient on a case-by-case basis, and design for them a treatment plan that addresses their addiction. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to heroin. Successful treatment requires dedication from both parties to ensure ongoing recovery.
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