Heroin addiction can completely take control of a person’s life, and it doesn’t matter who the person is. It’s often thought that someone addicted to heroin is the stereotypical person living on the streets, begging for change so they can get their fix. While this may be your story, it’s not the story for most people suffering from a heroin addiction. In the mid-2000s heroin addiction crept its way into suburban America, and not everyone abuses the drug intravenously. There are many people who sniff or smoke the drug in order to do it discreetly, but no matter who you are or how you use it, the symptoms of withdrawal can be scary.
Heroin is a very powerful opiate, and it doesn’t take long for the mind and body to become dependent. If you’re someone who’s addicted to heroin, you’ve most likely gone through withdrawal at some point, so you know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. The fear of withdrawal can keep a person in their addiction because it seems like the easier route is to continue using in order to feel well. At a certain point, people struggling with a heroin addiction are no longer using to get high, but they’re using in order to feel well enough to make it through the day. This type of situation can make you feel hopeless, but there is help.
The symptoms of withdrawal from heroin occur because the human brain and body are constantly trying to maintain balance. When abusing heroin, the opiate receptors in your brain are consistently occupied, and then the drugs begin to leave your system, the neurotransmitters in your brain begin to misfire. The brain is so used to having these receptors occupied that it’s trying to regain equilibrium, but it doesn’t know how. This is also happening with different vital organs in your body as well as your central nervous system.
Going to treatment allows you to safely detox without having to worry about all of the symptoms of withdrawal. Lakeview Health offers a medically-monitored detox program where you’ll be surrounded by medical professionals who thoroughly understand the disease of addiction. You’ll be given medications that are designed to occupy the opiate receptors in your brain, and they’re non-narcotic medications, so you won’t become dependent. These medications are gradually tapered off so you can begin addiction treatment.
Lakeview Health not only offers a pristine level of care in our medical detox program, but we’re here to guide you on the path towards a new life. Getting sober is only half the battle, so it’s important to learn techniques as to how to stay sober as well. If you’re ready to make the necessary changes to regain control of your life, call us today at 866.704.7692.
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