Heroin Addiction

About Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive. It is an opioid drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. The drug usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.” Heroin can be sniffed, smoked or injected.

Heroin is typically used as a recreational drug for its euphoric effects. Medically it is occasionally used as a pain medication and given to long-term users as a form of opioid replacement therapy alongside counseling. Nicknames for heroin include dope, black tar, tar, snowball, smack, junk, and brown crystal. Common symptoms of heroin use include; slurred speech, small pupils, nausea, vomiting, sedation, flushed skin or itching, and increased pain tolerance.

It is reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older have used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it. After a period of time of regular use, a person will become physically dependent on heroin. This physical dependence to heroin is indicated when a person requires a greater amount of this opiate to experience the same high.

Withdrawal symptoms of heroin can be extremely painful for some users causing them to continue use despite wanting to quit. An individual who is dependent on heroin is 6-20 times more likely to die compared to a person in the general population. Medically assisted detox from heroin can help to manage the symptoms of detox.

Treating Heroin Addiction

Treatment for heroin addiction often will include behavioral therapy and medications. At Silicon Beach Outpatient Center, we provide clients with intensive outpatient and outpatient services for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our program provides clients seeking treatment for a drug and alcohol addiction with a recovery program focused on healing the entire person. Clients receive therapy along with additional treatment including trauma support, relapse prevention, mindfulness meditation, yoga, transportation, and more.

Our dedicated team offers clients the support needed 24 hours a day to help them gradually return to society. At Silicon Beach Outpatient Center, our focus is to help clients learn to integrate school, work, family, and friends into a stable, functional, effective life. For more information about Silicon Beach Outpatient Center, please contact us today at 310.846.8215.