Heroin Addiction


Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction treatment is needed now more than ever before. Too many people are dying as the opioid crisis remains. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 47,600 died of an opioid-related overdose in 2017. This includes heroin and other synthetic opioids, which are on the rise in the U.S. While heroin produces a high that quickly creates a sense of calm and euphoria, it is scarier than ever. In fact, most of the street heroin supplies are comprised of other hazardous substances. Moreover, the introduction of Fentanyl in the last few years is increasing overdose fatalities. As a result, Alternatives for You’s medical and therapeutic professionals are highly active in continuing addiction education.

What is Heroin?

Heroin belongs to a group of pain-relieving drugs called narcotics. The illicit drug is made from the opium poppy, a flower that grows in Asia, Mexico, and South America. Pure heroin has the uniformity of white powder. Also, some heroin is also dark brown, while black tar heroin is either sticky or hard and looks like roofing tar. Heroin is an illegal narcotic, has dangerous side effects and is highly addictive. For example, users can quickly become addicted after just one or two uses. Heroin is typically inhaled, or needle injected. In addition, those with heroin addiction who suddenly stop using the drug or are unable to get another dose usually develop withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms include feelings of panic, insomnia, chills and sweats, muscle pain, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Common Signs of Heroin Addiction Include:

  • Anxiety or moodiness
  • Chronic obsession with finding and using drugs
  • Depression
  • Secretive Behavior
  • Inability to focus or stay organized
  • Agitation

The Long-Term Consequences of Heroin Addiction Include:

  • Phantom pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory problems
West Palm Beach Heroin Addiction Treatment

The Changing Face of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction can affect anyone, regardless of race, gender, age or financial status. In fact, there have been so many notable celebrity overdoses that it is hard to keep track of them all. The bottom line is that heroin is everywhere, and anyone you know can fall victim to it without warning.

With over a half million people using heroin in the U.S. today, dependency has doubled in the last 10 years. More than half of the people who use heroin are women, and most of them are in their late 20s. While it used to be considered a street drug commonly found in the inner cities, heroin has shifted to suburban and rural towns. Also, people from middle-class and upper-class areas are now vulnerable to heroin, which used to be a problem mainly for the poor in urban areas. This swing in demographics has shown that heroin use and heroin addiction are becoming widespread and rampant in most communities.

West Palm Beach Heroin Addiction Treatment with MAT

Alternatives for You is centrally located in the West Palm Beach area. More than just convenience, our Suboxone treatment clinic will maximize your heroin addiction treatment while minimizing your life disruption. Furthermore, the American Medical Association has indicated Medication Assisted Treatment as the recommended treatment for heroin addiction. Specifically, our MAT programs are offered on a convenient outpatient basis to minimize disruption to busy, everyday lives. Most importantly, we want to deliver proven therapies and strategies that will create positive outcomes for our patients suffering heroin addiction. All our programs are evidenced-based and combined with psychotherapy. This provides the optimum approach in helping those in heroin addiction. Also, our West Palm Beach addiction clinic is unique in that our patients don’t need to take time off for inpatient care. Rather, they can utilize our flexible schedule of medical care and therapy while living at home and gaining continued support from their families.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Medications

Once a patient has completed outpatient detox, Dr. Buscema may prescribe medications to treat Opioid Use Disorder. These important MAT medications reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms after the primary detox. They have become the number one defense against dangerous relapse.

  • Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine attaches to opioid receptors to stop withdrawal, but it also prevents heroin from working to its desired effects.
  • Suboxone: A combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone that eliminates cravings while blocking the euphoric effects should a full opioid be present.
  • Naltrexone: Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors completely, so all euphoric effects of the heroin are not present.


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