Springfield Heroin Overdose Treatment

Heroin addiction is making a resurgence in the American culture, with heroin overdose rates that are soaring in many parts of the country. The crackdown on prescription pill mills and decreasing prices of heroin have made the drugs even more popular among opiate abusers. Increasing heroin overdose rates are causing Springfield heroin overdose treatment centers to look for more ways to help individuals caught in the destructive web of addiction.

What Is Heroin?

Heroin is a derivation of morphine, which in turn is made from opium from the poppy plant. Heroin is processed into a white or brownish powder that can be smoked, snorted, or injected. It directly affects the pleasure centers in the brain, which makes it highly addictive. Long-term abuse of heroin can cause vein collapse, blood infections, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV infection and other serious health issues. The risk of death from respiratory depression and overdose is always present.

Signs of Addiction

The use of heroin inevitably leads to indications that the individual is addicted:

  • Physical Deterioration - the individual shows neglect of personal grooming and care, skin coloring becomes pale or grayish, long sleeves and pants are worn to cover needle track marks
  • Mental Changes - the individual's performance at work or at school declines and family responsibilities are neglected
  • Social Withdrawal - the individual begins to withdraw from family and friends, preferring to spend time alone or with other drug users

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Treatment for heroin addiction requires detoxification, which cause withdrawal symptoms of joint pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and sometimes, seizures. Inpatient treatment can provide medications to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Group therapy and individual therapy help the individual deal with underlying issues and cravings.

Call addiction intervention centers in Springfield now to take the necessary steps for a lasting recovery. You can also visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.mrscna.net/) for more support and help other recovering individuals. For assistance in finding the perfect rehab for you, call Alcohol Drug Treatment Springfield for help at 417-708-8556.

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