Heroin

Heroin (also known as diamorphine) is an illegal opioid that is very dangerous and highly addictive. It belongs to the opioid family of drugs. 

The drug is a semi-synthetic opioid, that is made from morphine that has been chemically processed. The result is that the drug enters the brain quickly and produces a more immediate effect.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

The signs and symptoms of Heroin use and addiction will vary from person to person. Variance is often due individual genetic makeup, amount of drug used, frequency, and level of dependency of the drug. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Euphoria (during immediate use only)
  • Mood swings, hallucinations, disorientation, and delusions.
  • Anxiety, and Paranoia 
  • Hostility towards other
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Scabs, or bruises (result of picking at the skin)
  • Frequent respiratory infections and shortness of breath
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting

Heroin is also known as junkHhorsesmackskagdope, and China white. 

Heroin is part of the opioid family of drugs, that include synthetic, semi-synthetic, and natural opioids. Heroin falls under the class of semi-synthetic in the sense that it is made from morphine, a natural opioid, that has been chemically processed. The processed version enters the brain at a higher efficacy and produces a more immediate effect.

Common ways of heroin use include:

  • Mainlining, Intravenous or IV injection into muscle or under the skin.
  • Intranasal administration / snorting the powder / sniffing
  • Inhaling or smoking / gently heating the heroin substance.

What does it look like?

In its pure form heroin resembles a fine, white, bitter-tasting powder that is soluable in water. When found on the street, it’s colour and consistency will have a large amount of variance due to differing purity levels.

Addiction & Risks

Regular use of heroin can quickly lead to addiction, usually within one to three weeks. The drug is dangerous for a number of reasons. The most immediate is from overdosing. In an opioid overdose, breathing tends to slow down and may cease completely. Signs that a person has overdosed is unconscious has skin that is cold, moist, and discolored (blue like color). To tempoarily reverse the effects of an overdose, a naloxone kit is used.

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Treatment Program

1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre delivers effective heroin addiction treatment. Those who suffer heroin addiction are guided through a licensed medically supervised withdrawal from the substance. Once the symptoms have subsided, the individual goes through a personalized treatment program with the tools needed to overcome their heroin addiction, repair broken or damaged relationships, and lead a more productive and positive life. In 2016, sadly there were 2,816 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada. (National Report)
 
Our substance abuse facility is home to a team of addiction counselors, substance abuse specialists, and therapists, all of who have helped countless clients with their heroin addiction recovery. We will diligently work with an individual through each stage of recovery. We also offer a lifetime aftercare program when the treatment process is complete.
 
The first step for addiction recovery at 1000 Islands Wellness is to provide a thorough assessment and treatment plan that is customized to a person’s needs. Some of the treatment options that we offer include:
 
  • Supervised Medical Detox process
  • Relapse prevention workshops
  • Group, individual, and family counseling
  • Contingency management education
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Life management courses
  • Meditation and yoga therapy
  • Nutrition and physical fitness
  • Recreational activities
  • Personal training

Why Professional Treatment for Heroin Addiction is Necessary

The withdrawal process that occurs when a person is no longer taking heroin includes a number of serious health risks that need to be monitored in a professional and medically supervised detox. In some cases, withdrawal can be fatal, which is why a medical supervised setting is required. It is not recommended to try and detox alone, at home. 1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre offers professional and supervised detox to help ensure that your withdrawal from heroin is comfortable and safe.

The main risk of fatality during heroin withdrawal occurs due to the chance of relapse. As the body withdraws from the substance, their tolerance level lowers. As a result, the doses needed to get high is also reduced. Most addicts do not account for this, which means if the relapse, they may wind up overdosing.

Our centre has helped clients from all around the world. Our centre is conveniently located in the 1000 Islands region just 3 hours from Toronto, 2.5 hours from Montreal and 1.5 hours from Ottawa. Each treatment programs is specific to the needs of the individual. We offer a holistic approach to overcome addiction by using strategies that support the whole person.

How to Get Professional Assistance for a Heroin Addiction

If you or a loved one are suffering from a heroin addiction, you need to contact us today. At 1000 Islands Treatment & Wellness, we offer support with interventions and help groups or individuals to plan and execute this. Addicts who refuse to seek or to accept help may need an intervention.

What is heroin addiction?

Heroin is an extremely addictive, illegal drug that has become a world wild epidemic. There are millions of addicts all around the world who use this drug on a daily basis and are unable to overcome the cravings and are terrified of the withdrawal they face. Heroin is able to be injected, smoked, or inhaled. It’s affects are felt immediately, which contributes to the addictive nature and the danger the substance poses. An addiction to heroin is characterized by an uncontrollable drug-seeking craving to get a “fix,” without regard for consequences. An addiction to heroin is a type of opiate addiction.

When someone takes heroin, it creates what users call a “chilled” effect. This becomes a sense of euphoria for a few minutes, which is followed by several hours of extreme drowsiness. Taking heroin also blocks a person’s ability to perceive pain. In some cases, the withdrawal from heroin can be extremely painful as the body has become chemically dependent. Continued heroin use can quickly destroy the person’s immune system and will leave the person thin because they don’t eat, constantly ill, and if the addiction is not treated it could lead to death.

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