Heroin has been a consistent problem all over the world for decades. This drug has been increasingly popular in news articles claiming that an epidemic has hit the streets of various cities, especially those where the unemployment rate is at its worst. Where the economy is lowest, we see bursts of drug-related activities that increase crime rates and headaches for police.
When a high percentage of a city’s population are addicted to drugs because of emotional stressors and availability, it becomes the responsibility of the community to do something about it. Unfortunately, we mustn’t forget that there are people attached to these addictions that need compassion and understanding from the community, not a set of handcuffs strapped to their wrists. A new methodology is taking over that focuses on the rehabilitation of those addicted to drugs like heroin, and people are slowly beginning to understand the issue with addiction.
Treat Heroin Addiction in Recovery Centers, Not Jails
The problem with heroin addiction, much like every opiate addiction, is that those affected are put into prisons for taking these drugs when the problem is much bigger than violating laws. Addiction goes much deeper than what we see at face value, and people are beginning to understand this idea. No matter how much we jail these people that are affected by heroin addiction, they will not stop using. Even in these facilities, they will find a way to get drugs. In addiction recovery, we understand that no matter how much you tell a person that they need to stop there’s no way they will listen to you unless you teach them why.
It’s unfortunate for those affected by any disease or condition that causes them pain, to deal with the negative stigmas that come with their addiction. We see this in the media every day from comedy skits, film synopses, literary fiction, music, and –
– caricatures that demonize addiction. But addiction goes much deeper than what the media tells us. The people that suffer from addiction are mothers, father, sons, daughters and friends; the people that we don’t expect to be afflicted by these addictions are suffering from them right in front of us. These people need help, and we need to start viewing these issues regarding heroin addiction as real, life-threatening concerns.
In treatment at Cypress Lakes Lodge, we want our patients to feel comfortable seeking treatment and never worry about any stigma that’s related to their drug of choice. Coming forward and admitting you need help is the very first step in overcoming heroin addiction. We can help get real treatment for heroin addiction that will detox the body and free the mind from all stresses and anxiety causing this need for numbing drugs like heroin.
- More than 80% of those addicted to heroin have never been treated, according to Michael Botticelli of the White House Office of National Drug control.
- Over 4.5 million people are addicted to heroin in the United States.
Heroin is an Opiate: How does it affect the brain?
We spent time talking about what addiction is like for people that deal with heroin addiction, but we haven’t talked about why it’s so addictive and how it affects the brain and body. Opiates are a class one narcotic because of their ability to affect the sympathetic nervous system. The brain stem controls the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, mainly the medulla oblongata. When someone takes heroin or any opiate, breathing slows, blood vessels dilate, pain reduces immensely, and the lungs slow in their function as well. People that overdose on heroin usually stop breathing and go into cardiac arrest as the heart cannot pump properly.
The high that comes with heroin is accompanied by complete removal of pain because everything slows in the body and this intense feeling of pleasure overcomes the body. Over time this high becomes difficult to reach because heroine requires more of an experience as the ultimate tolerance factor for determining how high is high enough each time. Those that overdose and come back from it, remember that the only way for them to reach the ultimate high they were chasing was to die from it.
Treatment for Heroin Addiction at Cypress Lakes Lodge
To treat our patients with heroin addictions, they must go through the proper medical detox. During this time they will be closely monitored by our medical staff to manage the detox and comfort levels. After this initial detox, we work with them to retrain their mind and remove addiction from the central focus of their thoughts. We offer mind and body therapies that work to nourish the soul and socialize the isolating pieces of addiction.