Heroin

WHAT IS HEROIN ADDICTION?

Heroin is a drug that comes from morphine, a natural substance found in the bud of the Asian poppy. Heroin generally comes as a white or brown powder. Heroin can be injected, smoked, or snorted.
Heroin use becomes an addiction when the person is repeatedly intoxicated and when they want to decrease the amounts of the poison or simply stop using voluntarily, they find that this is impossible. From this moment, the addict is dominated by the desire to consume, this compulsion leads them to abandon almost everything that until that moment was vital in his day to day (work, family, taking care of himself, etc.)

HOW DOES HEROIN ADDICTION MANIFEST?

Regular heroin use can lead to tolerance. That means that the person who uses heroin needs greater amounts of this drug to obtain the same effect. High doses develop a body dependence on the substance over time.

When heroin use turns into dependence, the addicted person has the following symptoms:

Heart infections and overdose deaths

People who inject the drug are also at increased risk of infectious diseases, including HIV / AIDS and hepatitis.

The suspension of consumption generates withdrawal symptoms.

These symptoms include restlessness, muscle, and bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and cold spells.

Nutrition disorders, caused by eating disorders and weight loss

Constipation

Increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, as well as changes in the newborn

Behaviour modifications: lack of interest (apathy), depression, need to be the centre of attention (self-centeredness)

Attention and memory disorders and severe difficulties falling asleep (insomnia)

Menstruation and ovulation disorders

In addition to the negative effects, there is a significant deterioration in the relationships of the couple, family, economic ruin, and work problems.


HOW TO TREAT HEROIN ADDICTION

The earlier the start of treatment to stop heroin, then the greater possibilities of obtaining positive results.
In “INICIA” TREATMENT OF ADDICTIONS, the treatment given to the patients to quit heroin addresses different aspects of the person. These therapeutic tools consist of various approaches depending on the profile of the patient.

 

THE TOOLS ARE

Treatment with a psychiatrist, where the professional gives a first evaluation and gives an orientation of the most appropriate treatment for the patient. A medical check-up is also carried out to supervise the medication and the patient’s state of health. In this phase, a personality test of the patient can also be requested.

Then a detoxification begins, and this process is carried out with an admission due to the strong withdrawal syndrome that heroin produces.

At the conclusion of the detoxification, the cessation phase begins. For this, the patient will need to undergo psychological monitoring through psychotherapies that try to modify habits and replace them with healthier ones.

Aspects of the addicts own personal biography are also analysed, to review how his/ her way of dealing with their emotions has transpired.

It is suggested that the patient undergo group psychotherapy to learn and share experiences with other addicts in treatment. This exchange, in addition to being very important, enables the patient to improve his social and communication skills.

Finally, family counselling is offered to overcome coexistence problems and improve understanding of addiction as a disease.

These psychotherapeutic treatments are complemented with psychiatric follow-up and urine, hair, tests etc.
 

STOPPING HEROIN USE

Contrary to popular beliefs, heroin dependence treatment is very effective when properly monitored, achieving the goal of quitting heroin.

It is important to note that these treatments are highly effective if done correctly.

Detoxification is effective in 100% of cases and rehabilitation is successful in more than 90% of patients who perform the treatment correctly.

If you believe that a member of your family or close person is addicted, the most urgent thing is to get a professional diagnosis where the type of treatment that the patient should follow is advised. There is always a personalized follow-up with high therapeutic intensity.

In “INICIA” ADDICTION TREATMENT we will recommend the most appropriate solution in each case and we will advise the family and the patient on how to act..

If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals offer advice on the most effective way to address the problem at hand and to promote healthy habits that will help the patient make a full recovery.

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