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It is rare that the person abusing prescription medication began taking these medications with the idea in mind of becoming an addict. In general terms, the person takes the medication to "feel better" physically, hoping they will gain some relief from their pain. Another effect of the medication is it provides people a feeling of "well being", which they have been lacking. In an attempt to reduce the pain even further and enhance the feeling of "well being", the individual begins to take additional medication. What happens is a tolerance to the drug is developed, so the person requires more and more medication. Soon, the feeling of "well being" can not be achieved, the pain although diminished is still present, but an addiction to the medication is now present.

If addicted, never discontinue the use of prescription medication on your own. There can be severe medical and psychological consequences. Please call Affordable Rehab of Springfield at call (216) 239-1005 and we will assist you in locating a quality healthcare professional or detox program.

Withdrawal Symptoms

With the effects it has on the addicts brain, heroin can cause severe withdrawal symptoms. Abstaining from heroin for as little as 12 hours can cause the addict to feel anxious or agitated. Other symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Fevers
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps and spasms
  • Chill

These issues can go on for several weeks, after which the addict becomes aggressive, restless, and starts to have sleep issues. The euphoric feelings associated with drug use turn around 180 degrees, and the addict can go into depression as well.

Another medication which can be used is LAAM. It is also a synthetic opiate like methadone used for the treatment of heroin addiction. It can block the effects for up to 72 hours when taken orally. It eliminates the need for daily dosing and weekend home doses because of the longer duration for which it lasts. For this reason, it was approved in 1993 to be used for treatment purposes.

Although there are different treatment methods and drugs available for the treatment of heroin addiction, controlling the availability of this drug is a crucial aspect that needs to be stressed upon. In Springfield , the rising trend of heroin addiction attributes to mainly cheap availability of heroin which should be curbed in order to suppress substance abuse.

Understanding the Consequences

Estimated figures report that 23% of those who try heroin once, get addicted to it. Also, approximately 20 million people around the world are addicted to heroin.

The use of contaminated syringes and overdose are a major concern as it complicates the situation further. Additionally, heroin addicts are prone to diseases like HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.