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Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug derived from morphine. A brown or white powder, or black, sticky substance, this drug is injected, inhaled or smoked to give a feeling of pleasure and euphoria. Chronic use of heroin leads to dependence where the body cannot function normally without it. An addiction to heroin can seriously affect your overall health and cause a devastating impact on all aspects of your life. The first step to overcoming this addiction is recognizing and accepting that there is a problem and the need for a solution.

Heroin addiction can be treated by a combination of therapies. Drug therapy helps you quit heroin by allowing your brain to gradually adapt to the absence of heroin addiction, ease your cravings and prevent relapses. As you begin to stop using the additive, other medicines are prescribed to treat withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety and sleeplessness.

Behavioral therapy helps you learn how to handle stress, and recognize situations where you may be tempted. It also helps you control your attitudes and behavior, improving your personal relationships and increasing the effectiveness of medication therapy. Counselling helps you understand the addiction and plan for the future once the addiction has been overcome. The family is often included in some of the therapy sessions.

Heroin addiction treatment is a long process and is not just about giving up a habit, but about making long-lasting life changes. You may have to give up certain friends and places, and form new habits to provide a healthier social outlet. Restoring lost relationships and rebuilding your life is a fruitful activity that may aid the recovery process. Addiction is a serious disease that can be managed effectively with the collaboration between you and your caregivers.

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