Perhaps the most infamous opioid narcotic, heroin is a drug synthesized from morphine. The U.S. is currently in the grip of an opioid epidemic, and heroin – cheaper and often more easily obtainable than prescription opioids – has only increased in popularity. Coming in both powder form and a sticky resin known as “Black Tar” or “Mexican Mud,” in 2016, an estimated 948,000 people (aged 12 years or above) in the United States used heroin in the past year with an estimated 0.6 million people suffering from a heroin use disorder. Relatively low price, high availability, and high purity have been identified as possible factors in the rising heroin overdose cases. Thankfully help can be found at a heroin treatment center.
Sovereign Health has seen the casualties of the opioid crisis first-hand. We provide expert heroin addiction treatment for women at our residential treatment facility in Chandler, Arizona. Combining medically-assisted detox program along with behavioral therapies or counseling sessions, addiction rehab at Sovereign Health of Arizona not only treats the physical symptoms of addiction but also addresses its mental aspects.
First manufactured at the turn of the 20th century in Germany and sold as a tuberculosis treatment, heroin basically is sap from the Asian opium poppy plant that is extracted and refined, and turned into morphine. It is further refined to produce heroin.
The genesis of addiction in many opioid addicts is prescription opioids like OxyContin or Vicodin, which are often used recreationally as well. When prescriptions aren’t refilled and when obtaining the medications becomes too expensive, many addicts turn to heroin. Heroin is comparatively cheaper and easier to obtain, and more powerful than most prescription narcotics.
Heroin is best known as an injectable drug, but it can also be snorted in powder form and even smoked. Heroin’s effects are devastating regardless of method of abuse. Known to induce a state of relaxation and euphoria, heroin usage blocks the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Imitating the brain’s natural process of seeking pleasure, its initial experience can lead to addiction. The drug is so powerful that many individuals abandon jobs, school, family, and even food in pursuit of the high. Injecting drugs over a long period of time can collapse veins, causing limb damage – to say nothing of the risk of hepatitis and HIV. What makes the drug more lethal is its use in combination with alcohol or other drugs. Finally, as with any abused opioid, heroin users run a constant risk of overdose.