Opioids and Heroin

Opioids and Heroin Detoxification

Opioids are a class of drugs that act on the central nervous system, with the intent of relieving pain. Opioids bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, ultimately increasing levels of feel-good hormones and stimulating the brain’s reward areas. The feeling of euphoria is short lived; however, the addiction can last a lifetime without detox and proper treatment. Opioids are extremely addictive which is why so many people end up abusing them. America is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, with opioids accounting for the great proportion of drug abuse problems, and opioid related deaths skyrocketing nationwide.

Heroin falls into the category of Opioids. Heroin is derived from morphine which comes from the opium poppy. Heroin, morphine, and opium are all sedatives, downers, or depressants. Heroin, like other opioids is extremely addictive, even from the very first try. It can be smoked, injected, or snorted. There is no safe route of ingesting heroin, and all methods quickly lead to an addiction.

A body accustomed and addicted to anything in the opioid family drastically spirals downward, experiencing collapsed veins, abscesses, heart lining and valve infections, cellulitis, and liver disease. Each time the effects of heroin wear off the user will experience painful withdrawal symptoms as the body seeks to maintain the biochemical balance that the heroin has disrupted. If the user’s physical condition has been compromised by heroin use, withdrawal may be life threatening. Sudden withdrawal after consistent heavy use can be fatal, which is why the professionals at Detox of Delray construct a safe method of medically detoxing with comfort.

Symptoms of sudden withdrawal from Heroin can include:



Muscle aches

Increased tearing


Runny nose



Abdominal cramping


Dilated pupils

Goose bumps



Medically monitored heroin detox can ease the pain of withdrawal and assist in managing drug related medical conditions the user may be experiencing.  For help with heroin detox and treatment call Detox of Delray at 800-598-3386 now.

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