With the crackdown on prescription drug abuse, heroin has returned as a national epidemic – killing more than 15,400 people in 2016 alone. If you are addicted to heroin, you are not alone and there is hope. Contact us today to talk about the path to freedom from heroin.
Heroin takes hostages.
That’s the best way we know to describe how heroin does business. Heroin rewires a person’s brain – almost instantly – to create intense feelings of pleasure and relaxation… but then it won’t let go.
Heroin will look you straight in the eye and say, “You’re mine. Without me, you will never feel happy again. Without me, you’re nothing. Without me, your pain will become so unbearable you’ll wish you were dead. You can’t make it without me.”
Heroin wants you dead.
Know how we know this? Because we heard a recovering heroin addict say: “I wanted to OD. Because that would be an easy way to end all the pain and suffering. And I would not have to worry about how I was going to get high the next day.”
Here’s the truth heroin does not want you to know:
Heroin does not own you.
You are beautiful and valuable and brilliant all on your own.
There is a life for you on the other side of heroin, and it is so, so, so much better than what you’re calling a life right now.
Please, let us help you put heroin in your rearview mirror – forever
There’s no safe (or safer) way to do heroin.
Any method of heroin use – smoking it, snorting it, injecting it, swallowing it – can cause immediate harm, addiction and death. End of story.
You can OD no matter how you do heroin.
Heroin isn’t heroin
Pure heroin is a form of opioid produced from morphine. On its own, it’s dangerous, addictive and deadly. But there’s no way to be sure that what’s sold as heroin really is heroin. Why? Because dealers cut heroin with everything, to add bulk so they can turn more profit:
Heroin isn’t heroin Part II
Here’s where it gets even more dangerous. Dealers lace heroin with other drugs that are much, much stronger. There is absolutely no way to know if what you’re about to put in your body is going to kill you.
Some of the drugs they use:
Fentanyl (more on this later)
Carfentanil (way more on this later)
THREE PLACES HEROIN WILL TAKE YOU
As if heroin could get any uglier. Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller that’s 80-100 times more powerful than morphine. In the 1980s, it was sold on the street as a “brand” of heroin called China White. But now dealers lace heroin with fentanyl because of the intense high it causes, and because they can make a lot more money. It’s economics, in the most twisted possible way.
It’s also killing a lot of people. The combination of the two drugs produces a sense of euphoria, but also nausea, drowsiness and confusion. The more narcotics a body absorbs, the less urge the body has to breathe. Take just a little too much, and you stop breathing completely.
15,400 people died from heroin overdoses.
20,100 people died from fentanyl and fentanyl analogues
More people will die today. Carfentanil? The most dangerous of the fentanyl analogues. Remember we said fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine? Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. It has absolutely no approved uses for people – it’s used to tranquilize elephants. Touching carfentanil with your bare hands can kill you. Ingesting carfentanil the size of a grain of salt will kill you. And illegal drug labs are cutting it into heroin.
The brain science, in plain language
The brain already produces natural opioid chemicals that block pain and produce pleasure – they’re called endorphins. Heroin’s chemical makeup is very similar, so as it enters the brain, it pretty much bumps those natural chemicals aside.
Eventually (and it doesn’t take long), the brain quits producing its own endorphins, because why bother? Then, the only way to get relief from pain or to feel any kind of happiness is by shooting or snorting heroin or some other opioid.
Heroin Short Term
Using heroin – even once – can produce any number of reactions:
Feelings of intense pleasure,
Relief from pain and anxiety
Flushing of the skin
Feelings of heaviness in the arms and legs
Nausea and vomiting
Itching, often severe
Profound sense of wellbeing
Heightened feelings of confidence
Slowed or irregular heart rate
Unconsciousness, or slipping in and out of consciousness (that’s called “nodding”)
Slowed breathing, sometimes dangerously so
Hypoxia (severe reduction of the amount of oxygen reaching the brain)
Permanent brain damage
Narcan isn’t the solution
Narcan might – might – keep you alive if you’re overdosing. Thank heaven it exists. Long used by first responders and in emergency rooms, it’s now carried by loved ones of addicts and by the addicts themselves. Some people flat-line 5, 10, 20 times. If you think you’ve flat-lined too many times for treatment to work for you, you are wrong. Please, let us help. We’ll figure it out together.
You spend more and more of your time, energy and money getting your heroin. Doesn’t matter how messed up it makes you, or how many people you hurt.
You need more and more to get the same result. Or maybe snorting doesn’t work for you anymore, so you start to shoot up.
Your body has to have the heroin. This is your new normal. We desperately want to help you see that there’s nothing normal about it… and that you need help. The people who love you desperately want you to see that there’s nothing normal about it, and that there is another way.
Heroin Long Term
You can look for this kind of list all over the web, all the ways heroin rips a person’s life into shreds. Why would we repeat it here? Two reasons. One: We don’t want you to get this far. Two: If you’re already deep into your addiction, you wouldn’t be the first person we’ve helped get past it.
Needle marks, skin damage and bruising (from shooting)
Collapsed veins (from shooting)
Skin infections and sores filled with pus (absesses)
Diseased internal organs: Heart, liver, kidneys
Jail time and criminal record
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
Sexual abuse or rape
Damage to nasal tissues (from snorting), including septal perforation, sinus problems, and nose bleeds
Once the body has begun to depend on the drug to provide pain relief or pleasure, it doesn’t want to let go. The cravings are irresistible. There isn’t a cell in the body that isn’t affected when the brain doesn’t get the heroin when the brain wants the heroin. Withdrawal looks different for everybody, and it’s always horrible:
Anxiety and severe agitation
Muscle spasms and cramps
Joint pain and muscle pain
Stomach cramps and diarrhea
Chills and fever
Restlessness and inability to sleep
Nausea and vomiting
Insatiable cravings for the drug
We can’t imagine anyone getting through this alone, especially when the single fastest way to relieve this terrible suffering is give your body the drug. Heroin addiction is a brain disease. You cannot cure yourself. You cannot get through it alone. We have relationships with reputable, effective detox programs where you can get clean, once and for all, before you come to Desert Rose to heal and reclaim your life.