History of Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction woes are not at all new to ears of New Yorkers, nor is it a fairly new drug whose effects the people of America are not aware of. In fact, heroin is in the blood of Americans from the 1800’s; 1874 to be precise. Invented in Germany and named after its German trademark, heroin was imported in the United States by the doctors to put an end to an epidemic spread by morphine addiction. Heroin was said to be the safer and non-addictive substitute of morphine.
But unfortunately heroine did not turn out to live the future predicted by the doctors, in fact, it further lead another regime of heroin addiction which still continues to spread its dominance in the American society.
Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal
Heroine affects the body:
Harsher are the withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction like:
- Continuous vomiting
- Uncontrollable sweating
- Stomach pains
- Muscle cramps in legs and arms
- Headaches etc.
It is said that the heroin withdrawal symptoms reach its peak usually within 48-72 hours of the last intake of the drug and can last for about a week to a month.
Heroin Drug Rehab in New York City:
There are two basic types of heroin rehab programs:
- Outpatient drug rehab– Addicts stay outside the facility with their families and come down to the center for treatment.
- Inpatient drug rehab- Addicts are admitted in the centers and reside within the premises of the center where they are put under 24×7 scrutiny and medical observation during their treatment. The duration of stay at the center depends on the severity of the addiction problem and is determined by the concerned doctors.
The rehab centers use various methods of treatment. They use medical therapies like methadone treatment and LAAM which helps in blocking the severe effects of heroine for a period of time. The addiction also hugely affects the behavioral aspects of the patients, the rehab centers also undertake therapy sessions like:
- Group therapy
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling etc.
Another important aspect of the rehab centers is to train and motivate the patients such that they do not relapse to their addiction once they are addiction free. For this purpose various seminars, aftercare programs and counseling sessions too are organized.
New York has many such rehab centers. Want to know more about them? Call us at (866) 531-4569.