Heroin is derived from morphine, an opioid narcotic analgesic used to relieve severe pain. Heroin is most commonly obtained in a white or brown powder form or a black, sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” The withdrawals from prolonged heroin addiction can be severe and are often deadly. The effects of heroin upon entering the body are immediate. As soon as heroin enters the brain, its chemicals rapidly bind with cells’ opioid receptors, distorting the response of these cells and affecting the nervous system’s natural response to pain, pleasure, sleeping, heartbeats, and breathing. The one-time-use effect of heroin is so dangerous that it can kill with one single use. Heroin is one of the most addictive narcotics and one of the most common drugs involved in overdose and death. Heroin is often combined with other medications and even household products like starch, sugar, and powdered milk, increasing the dangers of an already hazardous substance by provoking clogged arteries that damage vital organs and ultimately cause death.
Heroin is highly addictive and dangerous, and it is crucial for a person who suffers from heroin addiction to get immediate detox and rehab. A person addicted to regular use of heroin starts to build up a tolerance to the drug, increasing dosage and using to get the same effect. Quitting heroin is complex and, more times than not, simply impossible for someone who has used heroin over a long period. Individuals addicted to heroin and quitting without help may experience symptoms of such severity that will cause them to use the drug to find relief from the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin include chills and vomiting, intensive cold and hot flashes, diarrhea, insomnia and sleep disorders, uncontrollable spasms of the limbs, and other equally disturbing and painful symptoms such as seizures and loss of mental ability. The heroin detox program we offer at the Millbury Sunrise Detox center will provide medically supervised detox that will control and manage withdrawal symptoms of all intensities, combined with therapy and counseling to get you on your way to the quality of life you deserve.