Opiate and Heroin Addiction – What is it and why does it happen?
What are Opiates?
Opiates are substances derived from the Opium poppy or synthetic analogues that have similar effects.
Morphine, Heroin, Percocet, Vicoden, Demerol, Oxycodone, Methadone, and Tramadol
Opiates have been used throughout history for the medicinal purpose of pain control. When used properly, they are highly effective and beneficial. Unfortunately they may also be highly addictive and are one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind. Once they get a grip on you, Opiates seem to never let go, leaving complete destruction and even death in their wake.
Opiate and Heroin Addiction – Scottsdale Drug Outpatient Detox for Opiates and Heroin
Once believed limited to an inner city drug, heroin users and addicts can now be found in the suburbs, in rural areas and in every state in the country and though the medical establishment has been seeking solutions for over a century, there are more than one million opiate addicts in the United States alone.
Many heroin users started with opioids which can be blamed on the earlier epidemic of opioid prescription painkillers like oxycodone. As these drugs became more expensive and difficult to acquire, many addicts turned to heroin which is cheap and readily available.
Compounding the situation, for anyone taking opiates regularly, nerve receptors adapt and begin to resist the drug, causing the need for higher doses. This leads to a physical withdrawal reaction which occurs when the drug leaves the body and receptors must re-adapt to its absence.
In other words, when the person stops taking the drugs, withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced.
Heroin Detox – Help is Available Now
However, there is now hope. IV Therapy, Vital Nutrients and Suboxone interact with these Nerve Receptors to suppress pain and reduce anxiety, allowing the addicted patient to transition from addiction to a healthy lifestyle. MedicalX, Inc. provides Opiate, Oxycontin, Heroin Outpatient Detox services in North Scottsdale under a physician assisted and safe environment. Please call today at: 480-219-0055