Addiction to Heroin and Opioids

Addiction to anything is bad, really bad, but due to circumstances surrounding the worldwide opioid epidemic that’s taking place; addiction to heroin may be among the worst.

The opioid epidemic has gotten out of hand, as we reported here where you can see prescription drug deaths surpassed 35,000 two years ago, and it’s done nothing but rise since then. But at Into Action Recovery Centers, we already knew that as we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients we’ve been treating for opioid addiction. Some of those clients became addicted to prescription drugs as reported here and some to illicit drugs such as heroin.

Rehab Solutions Are at Hand

The good news is that regardless of the type of addiction you have problems with, Into Action Recovery Centers is prepared to handle it. We have experience with all types of addiction and with treating many different personalities. Just take a look at some feedback from our former clients and their families:

“When I first got to Into Action, I was beyond hopeless. I had previously been to around 8 different rehabs/detoxes; none of them worked. I always performed well and followed instructions, but each time I’d relapse within a few months of graduating. I was sure that I would be doomed to a life of misery.”

“When I arrived at Into Action, I was physically, mentally and spiritually broken. But, wow, I sure came to the right place. During my detox, the medical staff was highly knowledgeable and put in tons of extra effort to make my stay more comfortable. On top of that, Into Action has a beautiful system within their clientele – the guys in residential would come talk to me and make me feel welcome.”

“This is what we strive for at Into Action Recovery Centers. We want every stay to be a successful one.”

Now Back to Addiction to Heroin and the Increased Potency of Street Drugs

Addiction to heroin has never been good, but there was a time when the risk was primarily on the addict, when busting someone for possession of heroin was little more than slapping the cuffs on that person and taking them in to be charged. With the advent of gray death and new forms of heroin, there is a lot more to think about.

First responders—police and emergency medical personnel—are increasingly in danger of overdose simply by breathing in the compound or inadvertently allowing the drug to touch their exposed skin.

Increased Potency of Street DrugsAccording to a recent article, Houston Police chief suspends the field-testing of narcotics, officers will no longer test drugs in the field because officials say they could overdose while doing their jobs.

“It’s an extremely dangerous substance. There have been cases where officers are on the side of the road and they have merely opened up a bag to field-test it and the action of closing the bag has forced up enough air that contained that substance that sent the officer into overdose mode and started shutting his system down,” Paul Fortenberry, with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said.

Drug users generally don’t know when their heroin is laced with fentanyl, so when they inject their usual quantity of heroin, they can inadvertently take a deadly dose of the substance. Fentanyl is reportedly 40 to 50 times stronger than heroin. To learn more about the dangers of opioids, read our previous blog, Why are Opioids so Dangerous?

How to Deal With Addiction to Heroin and Getting Help

What do you do if you discover yourself, or a loved one, with an addiction to heroin?

The first thing you need to do is get professional help. Into Action Recovery Centers offers high-quality, individualized treatment for addiction to heroin and other drugs. It all begins with the admission screening, where we devise a plan and develop an effective treatment. We have professional, medically trained staff and will walk you through the process step by step and provide the support you need.

“We have found that the biggest contributor to being able to facilitate change in an individual is being able to provide that individual with a treatment plan and a modality that they will implement and use,” explains Tony Giammatteo, Into Action Recovery’s Chief Operating Officer and Founder.

Don’t wait another minute. You can get started on a path to a new, productive life. Into Action is located in Houston, Texas and accepts admissions from all around the country.

Call today to speak to our admissions staff and see how they can help you or a loved one overcome heroin addiction.
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