Heroin Withdrawal: How Can It Happen?


Heroin Withdrawal: How Can It Happen?

Statistics by New Jersey TV online, reveals that drug overdose including the abuse of heroin is the primary cause of unexpected deaths with 14,000 deaths recorded between 2004 and 2019, making New Jersey one of the states with the highest mortality rates caused by heroin. Also, in the last ten years, there has been a 700% increase in the number of persons admitted to drug rehab centers in NJ.

Why Heroin?

People who suffer from chronic pain, stressors like anxiety, and worries,  and mental health conditions like ADHD and bipolar disorder use heroin because it calms them, relieves them of their pain and numbs their senses from feeling anything. Heroin or any opium initially makes users feel languid, happy and carefree, but after some time, their thought processes slow down and they slip into semi-consciousness. 

As a diamorphine, heroin is an illegal morphine that might relieve you of serious pains but if overdosed may lead to death. Constant abuse of heroin or any other illegal drug substance can trigger nausea and vomiting as well as itching in the body. The heart rate will slow down, hence the risk of heart attack and unforeseen deaths. 

Why Stop Heroin Abuse?

This opioid-like substance is extracted from the opium poppy, a flower that can be found growing in South America or Asia. Heroin can be ingested orally, intravenously or smoked. Of the three modes, the intravenous and smoking modes are the most popular and dangerous because heroin hits the blood faster in these ways. 

A long-term heroin smoker or IV user might experience respiratory depression, especially when he has been overdosing. After the short feeling of euphoria, then calmness, the addicted person feels the need to get ‘high’ again. Other detrimental effects include a high risk of infections and sexually transmitted diseases, pneumonia and tuberculosis. This continuous addictive pattern might soon lead to death, and the fear of death is a good enough reason to want to stop. 

A Good Way Out

Many heroin users want to undergo drug treatment and go clean, but they fear there is nothing that can cure them. However, Buprenorphine and Naxalone,  two heroin agonists can quickly reverse the effects of heroin on the central nervous system (CNS) and whole-body system.

Unlike the normal withdrawal process which causes the patient muscular pains, cold chills, and jittery nerves, the combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone is a unique one because it puts the user on the bend without making him addicted to the agonists. The combination is considered safe and highly effective because when ingested sublingually;

  • It helps patients continue treatment through gradual dissociation. This means their recovery is not too sudden that it will be a shock to their body systems.
  • Weakens the craving and need for heroin or other opioids
  • Hastens withdrawal syndrome in the patient and reduces the potential for abuse
  • Cure opioid dependency

Naloxone and Buprenorphine can be administered orally, or intravenously. If you or anyone you know is addicted and willing to get off the opium-induced high, encourage him or yourself to walk into any of the abuse treatment centers near you and seek help. Do not self-medicate as you can be tempted to fall back on your old ways and start abusing drugs again. A third party help will make the process of recovery more effective.




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