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Heroin Addiction Treatment: A Comprehensive Guide

If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, you’re not alone. About 1 million people in the U.S. have a heroin use disorder. Heroin works by causing brain tissues to produce far more dopamine than usual. Dopamine is a vital neurochemical that affects how we learn, feel pleasure, and control pain

What is heroin?

Heroin belongs to the opioid category of drugs. It is derived from morphine, extracted from the raw opium of the poppy plant. Refined heroin often appears as a white or brownish powder. It can also come in a black, sticky substance called “black tar heroin.” The drug may be cut with other substances, vastly increasing the risk factor for overdose.

How is heroin taken?

Heroin can be inhaled, smoked, or injected. Injection is the most dangerous route, bypassing the body’s natural defenses. Regardless of the method used, heroin quickly enters the brain, impairing mental and physical functions.

Is heroin always a street drug?

In the United States, heroin is always a street drug, a Schedule I controlled substance.

How is heroin addiction different from other opioids?

Heroin addiction stands apart from addiction to other opioids. One of the most notable differences is the intensity of the high that heroin produces. While all opioids interact with the brain’s pleasure centers, heroin creates a more potent euphoria. This intense high makes heroin more psychologically addictive, increasing the urgency for users to seek out the drug. Heroin is also more accessible and cheaper than prescription opioids.

Another key distinction lies in the speed at which heroin addiction can develop and the associated risks. Heroin addiction often progresses more rapidly than addiction to other opioids, partly due to its potency and the methods of administration, such as injection, which deliver the drug more directly into the bloodstream.

A higher risk of overdose and severe health complications often accompanies this rapid onset of addiction. The illegal status of heroin also means that it is often adulterated with other substances, increasing the risks of overdose and other health issues.

What are the signs of heroin addiction?

What's the difference between heroin dependence, tolerance, and addiction?

What do heroin withdrawal symptoms look like?

What medications are used in heroin addiction treatment?

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) helps to control and lessen urges to use opioids. MAT also helps reduce withdrawal symptoms.

What is dual diagnosis, and how does it affect heroin addiction?

Dual diagnosis refers to the presence of a substance use disorder, such as heroin addiction, along with another mental health condition like depression. This complicates the treatment process because both conditions must be addressed for adequate recovery. In heroin addiction, a dual diagnosis often means that the mental health condition may have contributed to substance abuse and vice versa.

Integrated treatment is essential for effective recovery. NuLife Behavioral Health offers dual diagnosis treatment, incorporating both addiction therapy and mental health treatment.

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Key Takeaway

Dual diagnosis means having a substance use disorder and another mental health condition.

How can I keep from relapsing?

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Key Takeaway

Relapse prevention involves ongoing care, emotional support, and coping strategies. NuLife Behavioral Health rehab in Chicagoland employs a multi-faceted approach to help you avoid relapse, focusing on long-term recovery and sustained sobriety.

How Is Heroin Addiction Treated at NuLife Behavioral Health?

Heroin addiction treatment at our rehab facility in the Chicago area is a comprehensive, personalized process that addresses each patient’s unique needs.
NuLife Behavioral Health in Chicagoland provides the most effective treatment for heroin addiction, offering patients the best chance at long-term recovery.
Medically Reviewed by Riaz Rahman
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