Friday, March 16, 2012

Heroin Detox

Diacetylmorphine is the medical term for heroin and was originally marketed by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company in 1897.  The name heroin was used to communicate the "heroic" benefits of the substance to control pain without the resulting addictive potential of morphine.  Unknown at the time was the fact that heroin can almost instantly metabolize into morphine, and some users report becoming addicted after just one single use, making heroin one of the most addictive substances ever. Sadly, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2009 that 605,000 people at the age of 12 or older had abused the heroin, and the trend still seems to be on an upward trajectory.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies heroin as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, not even suitable for any medical use.

This horrific drug can be smoked, snorted or injected, usually in that order as the addiction progresses. Sustained use leads to rapid tolerance build up, and users tend to need increasing amounts of the drug just to maintain the level of euphoria commonly associated with it.

It is not unusual for heroin users to quickly disregard normal daily activities for the exclusive search for more "highs", leading to total disruption of relationships, isolation, anxiety, or depression.  Loss of employment is quite common.

Habitual heroin use always causes extremely serious medical conditions, such as collapsed veins, respiratory and pulmonary problems, abscesses, and  malnutrition, just to name a few.  Sharing of needles is also very conducive to HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis infections.  Mothers using heroin during pregnancy, furthermore, tend to deliver babies already addicted to the drug.

The terrifying thing about heroin is that the state of euphoria and relaxation only lasts about three to four hours, making escalation inevitable, and addiction to heroin is practically impossible to cure without professional assistance such as rehabilitation programs which are often recommended; however, substituting heroin with another drug such as methadone can also lead to addiction to the replacing drug.

If you know of a loved one with heroin problems, NOW is the time to seek medical attention and the following is a good place to start : The Coleman Institute.  In addition to detox of opiates, the Coleman Institute also specializes in the detox of alcohol, benzodiazepines, methadone, and suboxone as well as chronic pain medication.  Please visit us on the web today at

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