Mount Vernon heroin rehab centers are dedicated to helping individuals who suffer from heroin addiction. As heroin use increases across America, so have the heroin overdose rates and overdose-related deaths. Studies show that the heroin overdose rates have increased among both men and women, across most age groups and across all income levels. Oddly, some of the highest increases in heroin overdose rates have occurred in demographic groups where heroin use is historically low. These demographics include people on higher incomes, women, and people with private insurance.
You can successfully fight your heroin addiction. Call drug rehab centers in Mount Vernon to get your life back on track and life a healthier life. Call (914) 829-5813 for more information.
Heroin (diacetylmorphine) is an opioid analgesic synthesized from a morphine molecule found within the opium poppy.
Common street names for heroin include H, smack, horse, skag, and junk. In its pure form heroin is a white powder. Mexican heroin is often a black, sticky substance, commonly known as tar. However, illicit street heroin is often pinkish-gray, brown or black in color due to being ‘cut’ with a number of toxic additives, including strychnine, quinine, sugar, flour, chalk, talcum powder or powdered milk.
The additives used to cut the drug aren’t always fully dissolvable, so when they’re injected into veins they can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, kidneys or brain. The result can lead to permanent liver damage, blockages in the arteries, blockages in the brain and infection in the heart tissue.
Heroin abuse and addiction is characterized by distinctive signs and symptoms. Things to look for include:
Opioid drugs alter the brain’s chemistry to such a degree that an addict can’t just stop taking the drug. Detox is just the first step to eliminate the drug’s toxins from the body. Intensive drug treatment programs are required to help correct the dysfunctional reward pathways heroin causes within the brain.
Detoxing from heroin may produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can cause extreme discomfort. Some of the symptoms can be severe enough to require emergency medical assistance, Mount Vernon addiction professionals advise that individuals don’t attempt opiate detox at home.
Individual therapy and counseling focus on treating the psychological aspect of the addiction. The recovering person learns to identify unique addiction triggers and implement strong relapse prevention tools that reduce the risk of returning back to drug use.
Mount Vernon drug treatment centers will help you turn your life around. Call today, or visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.usrecovery.info/NA/New-York.htm) to take that first step to recovery.