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4 Reasons To Seek Treatment For Heroin Addiction

3/6/18

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Addiction is a disease that alters the brain's reward system. The addictive substance floods the brain with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that naturally regulates the body's sense of pleasure to reward natural behaviors.

When dopamine becomes overstimulated by drugs such as heroin and other opiates, it produces an intense euphoric effect which then reinforces the addictive behavior. It's for this reason that substances such as heroin are incredibly dangerous. As many as 23% of everyone who uses heroin will develop opioid addiction, and the number is only growing.

Fortunately, addiction can be treated with the help of medication, therapy, and counseling. What's more, there are many reasons to consider treatment for opioid addiction including the following:

  1. Fentanyl is being sold as heroin. Heroin itself is incredibly addictive with twice the potency of morphine. However, fentanyl has been recently sold to substance users as heroin. Fentanyl has 50 to 100 times the potency of morphine and can be deadly. When you purchase heroin on the street, there's no guarantee that's what you're actually getting.

  2. It's too easy to overdose on heroin. As substances users' tolerance to heroin goes up it becomes more difficult for them to experience the euphoric effects of the drug. As a result, substance users will begin to use purer and purer heroin, which is highly toxic. The use of pure heroin is often the cost of most overdoses.

  3. You can't stop using on your own. Addiction is a disease and can't be treated on your own. Withdrawal symptoms, behavioral changes caused by the drug's effects on the brain, and relapse can make attempting to treat addiction on your own fairly dangerous if not life-threatening.

  4. Treatment is available. Methadone treatment centers use medication and therapy in their treatments for addiction. The medication can help block withdrawal symptoms, which can be painful and overwhelming.

Do methadone treatments work?

Methadone's effects last between 24 to 36 hours and treatments have proven to be 60% to 90% effective in the treatment for heroin addiction. Methadone blocks the dopamine neurotransmitter as well as your brain's pain receptors, therefore enabling you to undergo treatment without the pain of withdrawal.

To get more answers to your questions such as "Do methadone treatments work?" and "How effective are methadone treatments?" contact Sundance Methadone Treatment Center today for more information. Treatment for opioid addiction is possible.


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