Heroin is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. It profoundly impairs the social and occupational functioning of the user. Heroin has no approved medical use in Spokane (or anywhere in the U.S.), but it is one of the most widely abused drugs in the country. Many heroin users turn to the drug in search of the rush of temporary relief from the daily anguish caused by severe past trauma (including rape, abuse, etc.). Heroin users report feelings of euphoria and a complete (but temporary) absence of all physical pain and psychological distress upon administering the drug. Once the euphoria is gone, the user is left despondent, vomiting, and desperate for more dope. Drug addiction is lonely and desolate when left untreated. People who depend on heroin can sometimes avoid an overdose, but the effects of heroin will eventually take their toll. The heroin addiction treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center provides options for people who are tired of letting heroin control their lives.
Some users find themselves in search of heroin after becoming addicted to doctor-prescribed pain medication because heroin is less expensive than prescribed opioids. Developing an addiction to prescription pain medication can result in a heroin addiction if not properly treated. Pure heroin is created using an extract from opium poppies, but heroin producers and distributors often add additional components like fentanyl, household cleaner, and baby formula to the mixture. Pure heroin is less likely to cause death than heroin mixed with fentanyl, but users have no way to know whether a particular bag of heroin contains fentanyl. The more heroin a person uses, the more heroin they need in order to avoid sickness.
Methods of heroin administration:
- Smoke Inhalation
- Subcutaneous Injections
- Intramuscular Injections
- Intravenous Injections
- Intranasal snorting
Opioids kill an average of 130 people per day in the U.S., and one-third of those deaths involve heroin. A heroin overdose causes respiratory depression, depriving the brain of oxygen. When the body is starved of oxygen, the heart is unable to beat. This leads to unconsciousness, brain damage, coma, and death. Brain damage starts to occur after a few minutes of decreased oxygen to the brain. Addiction is insidious, isolating, and destructive; friends and family members who have never been personally addicted to a substance often view addicts with contempt. Our approach to heroin addiction treatment is based on the principles of honesty, respect, and community. We provide the guidance, strategies, and network to support people in overcoming their heroin addiction. The addiction treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center is holistic, practical and research-based.
Heroin use offers an extensive list of medical consequences. Chronic heroin use leads to collapsed veins, bacterial infections, abscesses, blood infections, sexual dysfunction, impaired brain function, organ failure, decreased oxygen to the brain, constipation, breathing problems, and more. Sharing needles can lead to hepatitis B and C, HIV, and a host of other blood-borne viruses.
Common symptoms of heroin use include:
- Impaired mental functioning
- Semiconsciousness (nodding out)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe itching and picking at the skin
- Damaged veins and tissue
- Constipation and stomach cramps
- Heart and lung infections
- Sexual dysfunction
- Liver and kidney disease
- AIDS and Hepatitis C
- Collapsed veins
- Bacterial infections
- Respiratory distress
The health consequences alone are not enough to discourage an addict from using heroin. The desire to stop using is not enough. People do not become heroin addicts by choice. Often they understand the consequences of their addiction, but they do not see a practical way to abstain from use. Our heroin addiction treatment center provides people with the tools, strategies, and coping mechanisms to get sober and manage their heroin addiction. We also introduce people to a supportive, active community of sober Spokane residents to help participants feel connected and supported at all times.
The heroin addiction treatment we offer at Spokane Falls Recovery Center relies on our rigorous, research-centered, practical approach to heroin addiction treatment and recovery in Spokane, Washington. Overcoming addiction is a job (the hardest and most rewarding job you will ever have), so our treatment framework resembles a workday. Our intensive outpatient program uses an employment-style approach to addiction treatment. Our committed team will provide residents with the tools they need in order to take back their lives. Attending treatment for addiction takes time and commitment, but the alternative is worse. White-knuckling (trying to stop using heroin without help) is a lonely and short-lived approach to conquering heroin addiction. When you are ready to try something that actually works, give us a call.