It is so difficult to watch a loved one struggle with heroin addiction or to battle it yourself. The professionals at Briarwood Detox Center understand this struggle and some have experienced it themselves. Our mission is to provide quality care in a clean and welcoming environment where you can safely rid your body and mind of toxins while also preparing for drug rehabilitation and your next steps to sobriety.
Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, which is derived from the seed pod of poppy plants. It is typically made in the form of a white or brown powder but can also be a sticky, black substance known as black tar heroin.
To use heroin, people inject, smoke, sniff, or snort it. Injecting it straight into the veins is the quickest way to get high, but it’s also the most dangerous because the risk of overdose and infection is very high. Once inside the body, the drug travels to the brain very fast and a person can quickly become addicted even after just two or three uses.
Immediately after using heroin, a person will feel a rush of euphoria but they may also experience other effects such as nausea, vomiting, itching, slowed heart rate, slowed breathing, and moments in and out of consciousness.
Long-term abuse of heroin is extremely dangerous and can result in many terrible medical conditions, such as:
- Collapsed veins
- Liver and kidney disease
- Infection of the heart lining and valves
- Sexual dysfunction (for men)
- Infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis
- Mental disorders
Heroin overdoses are also very common and can lead to permanent brain damage, coma, or death.
Do I Need Detox?
If you are addicted to heroin and have developed a dependency, you will most likely need a medically assisted detox program to safely rid your body of the drug and manage any uncomfortable symptoms you experience during withdrawal. Our staff can help you determine if you need detox with a personal clinical assessment.