Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

When most people think of opioids, they think about the opioid epidemic that is currently reaching dangerous levels nationwide. Men and women of all ages, social statuses, and professions are at risk of heroin addiction. This drug is injected, snorted, smoked, or sniffed in powder and tar-like forms. Once ingested, the drug quickly reaches opioid receptors within the brain, flooding these receptors and causing a state of euphoria.1 As use continues, the user requires more of the drug, resulting in heroin addiction. If you or someone you love needs help breaking free from this dangerous drug, it’s time to reach out to our facility for heroin addiction treatment around Massachusetts.

What Makes Heroin So Dangerous?

Heroin addiction is dangerous due to several factors. First, heroin itself can cause deadly overdoses that include cessation of breathing or slowed movement. As with other opioids and opiates being sold today, the illegal heroin that’s being purchased on the streets is far from pure. The drug is often mixed with other substances, including Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a dangerously powerful synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.2 Fentanyl may be added to, or sold as, heroin to increase profits while giving users similar effects.

Fentanyl is exponentially more potent than heroin, and its overdose symptoms are similar yet faster acting. Heroin overdose symptoms include shortened breathing which can stop oxygen from reaching the brain, resulting in brain damage or death.1 While a heroin overdose can be spotted and treated, a fentanyl overdose can begin and kill within minutes. Fentanyl isn’t just in heroin, it’s in painkillers and many other drugs.

Finding Heroin Addiction Treatment Around Massachusetts

The most effective path for sobriety from heroin addiction is to seek professional drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Massachusetts. At Banyan Treatment Center, we offer heroin detox, opioid detox, inpatient care, outpatient care, and more. Our medically monitored detox can mitigate any heroin withdrawal symptoms while our personalized treatment programs address underlying factors of an active heroin addiction.

After safely completing heroin detox and residential care, patients will enter drug and alcohol addiction treatment in Massachusetts. Our rehab programs address the numerous factors of an individual’s addiction, including emotional, environmental, and physical factors. Our heroin rehab services allow patients to develop tools of lasting sobriety while overcoming the obstacles that have laid the groundwork for addiction.

Addiction is dangerous, and heroin is no different. Our family of Banyan Treatment facilities can provide the care patients need to safely find sobriety. From heroin detox to inpatient rehab and beyond, we support patients at every step of their recovery journey. Contact us today to learn more.

Sources:

  1. NIH, What is Heroin?
  2. DEA, Fentanyl

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