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Heroin Detox

What is Heroin?

Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed of certain varieties of poppy plants. It is an illegal and highly addictive drug and sold as a white or brownish powder on the streets known by names such as "smack," "H," ,"Black Tar" and "junk."

History of Heroin Addiction in US

Opium was initially introduced by the Chinese immigrants who came here in US to work on the railroads. The habit spread rapidly throughout in what is known today as Wild West. Soon there sprang opium dens where it was freely available and people many days at a time in these dens in a drugged dream-state, becoming physically addicted to it. In 1810 morphine a derivative of opium was developed. Considered a wonder drug it eliminated pain associated with traumatic injuries or operations leaving the user in a numb and euphoric dream-state. Later thousands of Northern and Confederate soldiers treated with morphine during the Civil War became morphine addicts. Soon the United States was plagued with an undeclared morphine epidemic and the proportion of the addiction had grown large enough to raise serious concerns from the doctors. In 1874 a new wonder drug called Heroin was invented in Germany stating that it was safe and non-addictive substitute for morphine. This drug was imported into US which was sold freely.

Dangerous Drug Act

Heroin and other opiate derivatives were sold as over the counter drugs until 1920 when the danger of these drugs was realized and the Dangerous Drug Act was enacted. This law made the opiate derivative distribution to be federally regulated but by then there were an estimated 200,000 heroin addicts in the country which persists and keeps growing until this day.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Common Heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Cramps
  • Chills
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rhinitis
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Body Pain
  • Sweat

What to expect from Heroin Detox

Heroin detox is a process of withdrawal that removes the toxins from the body. This is the first step and should be supported by heroin rehab treatment that also addresses the psychological issues behind the addiction. At the end of the program one should be rid of all withdrawal symptoms and should be able to lead a sober and clean life. Also the patient might notice that there are no more cravings for the drug he earlier used.

Find a Heroin Detox in New York

There are many heroin detox centers in New York and you may Contact the National Center for Alcohol and Drug Detox (NCADD) today for recommendations of the best medically licensed drug detox centers. Also remember never to attempt detoxification in your home or try any rapid or ultra rapid detox centers.