IOP for Heroin Addiction
Intensive Outpatient Program for Heroin Addiction
Heroin and its effects
Heroin addiction has surely been one of the most widely publicized of all addictions due to the recent spike in abuse and addiction rates. With so many people falling prey to this incredibly addictive drug, there’s been a growing demand for high-quality heroin addiction treatment. At Serene Beginnings, we offer intensive outpatient for heroin addiction so that anyone who suffers from addiction to heroin can receive comprehensive care that’s flexible and adaptable without sacrificing quality. There are numerous mind-altering substances that have proven to be highly addictive. Of course, alcohol is consistently the most widely abused of all chemical intoxicants with there being more people suffering from alcoholism than any other form of addiction. However, among the other substances that have become increasingly popular among recreational drug users, heroin is one drug for which abuse rates are consistently described as an “epidemic.” Since the release of OxyContin in the 1990s, opioids have become some of the most-abused of all addictive intoxicants. In the wake of OxyContin’s release, it was prescription painkillers that were the most problematic, but as healthcare providers and other prescribers began to limit access to powerful prescription painkillers, many users began turning to a substance that was accessible, cheaper, and even more powerful: heroin. As a substance that’s classified as an opiate — meaning that it’s similar to opium both in terms of its chemical structure as well as its effects — heroin bonds with the opiate receptors in the brain, which is how opioid drugs are able to alleviate feelings of physical pain. Additionally, heroin triggers a surge of neurochemicals, particularly ones that relate to feelings of pleasure and happiness. It’s for this reason that individuals who abuse heroin become addicted; having experienced the “high” that’s associated with heroin, they continue to abuse the drug so as to continue to experience the physiological pleasure resulting from the drug’s abuse. As a person continues to use heroin regularly for a prolonged period of time, he or she will inevitably become addicted. Aside from the dangers inherent to heroin abuse, individuals who are addicted to heroin will experience unpleasant symptoms anytime they’re unable to obtain and use heroin. These unpleasant symptoms are known as heroin withdrawal and typically include flu-like symptoms such as general physical discomfort, possible soreness in the joints and limbs, sweating, lethargy, insomnia, agitation, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and so on. The severity or intensity of an individual’s heroin withdrawal will depend on factors like the amount of heroin the individual typically consumes in a day and how long he or she has been addicted to heroin. While it’s possible to overcome heroin addiction independently, the greatest potential for success comes from utilizing certain recovery resources such as IOP for heroin addiction at Serene Beginnings in Delray Beach.