A 2015 study on heroin use showed that in 2013 there had been registered over 4.8 million heroin users in the US, with over 3 million of them being those between 16 and 17 years of age. And that is not all. The same study has shown that heroin use has increased between 2002 and 2013 by 63%, doubling in the case of women from 0.8% to 1.6% within the same timespan. In this context, institutions like America’ Rehab Campuses function as lifeguards.
Heroin rehab centers in Tucson go through a continuous struggle to cope with the never-ending income of heroin addicts, many of which are young people. The treatment is intricate and multi-layered and isn’t always as effective as it should be, precisely because of battling a hard, lethal substance, whose effects are theatrical in the long run.
Heroin – Specifics, effects, treatment
Classified as an opioid and used mostly for recreative purposes, heroin had been developed from morphine in 1874, and it belongs to the class of drugs responsible for most deaths worldwide. Most deaths linked to prescription overdosing involve an opioid and overdosing on opioids is, in many cases, an uncontrollable aspect of drug abuse.
Opioids are highly addictive, and heroin will cause withdrawal symptoms within 6 to 24 hours after the last intake. The general symptoms include extreme muscle and bone pain, uncontrollable member movements and shaking, diarrhea, vomiting, sleeping disorders and intense heroin cravings.
What heroin rehab centers in Tucson struggle with first is defusing and treating the effects. Ranging from bad to worse, these include:
- Dry mouth symptom
- Impaired mental functioning (causing the improper use of needles and increasing the risk of contracting hepatitis or HIV)
- Slipping in and out of consciousness
- Intense, persistent itching
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sleeping disorders
- Nasal tissue damages
- Collapsed veins when the drug is injected
- Abscesses and infections, including in the heart lining
- Kidney and liver damages
- Pneumonia Mental problems, including depression
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Permanent physical and mental impairments
The culmination of heroin use is overdosing, when enough of the drug has been snorted or injected to cause life-threatening biological reactions. One of the most common refers to slow or complete stop of breathing, leading to hypoxia, coma, permanent brain damage and death. And, looking at how regular heroin intake affects the brain and the addict’s reasoning capabilities, avoiding the heroin overdosing is a task next to impossible.
Specialized assistance is required. Aiming to deal with the situation on multiple levels, including proper medication (naloxone is used to treat opioid overdoses), behavioral therapy, individual and group therapy sessions, educational gatherings, continuous mental support and self-help groups, all under various degrees of control, depending on the patient’s state.
These are accredited treatment methods adopted by all heroin rehab centers in Tucson in their seemingly never-ending battle against opioid use. And America’s Rehab Campuses specialists cut no corners when it comes to battling drug abuse, no matter how drastic or advanced.