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Heroin is one of the widely abused illicit drugs and overcoming an addiction to it is very difficult. Studies have shown that a person who is addicted to heroin will begin and end treatment anywhere from 10 to 25 times in their life. They will relapse each of these times. So many times a user will not every give up heroin and die from an overdose of the drug.

Heroin use influences three of the brain's natural chemicals. Dopamine, the chemical which controls appetite and sexual behavior, Norepinephrin, which controls the body's nervous system and endorphins which the body uses to control mood, promote pleasure and help relieve stress. The release of these three chemicals is heightened when heroin is used. A person's nervous system becomes use to the drug and the need for more and more of it increases.

Detox is need when the craving for the drug consumes a person's live entirely. Within a few hours of the last use, withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, insomnia, chills and sweating. The symptoms will use peak in 2 to 3 days. A person can complete detox within a week.

Heroin detox is best done in a facility that specializes in medical substance abuse treatment. A heroin user often becomes involved in risky activities, such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles along with not practicing good health habits like eating correctly and not bathing. A medical facility will help a person overcome a drug habit as well as treat them for any physical conditions that may be present.

The admission that there is a problem is always hard for a person to do. They must want to quit using heroin and be willing to get the help they need. They need the support of family and friends in order to overcome their habit.

Detox, is the first step used in a rehab program. This involves ridding the body of the drug and the harmful toxins associated with it. Sometimes certain drugs such as methadone is used to relieve or even get rid of withdrawal symptoms, and it also reduces the cravings that come from heroin addiction by blocking the "high" that is received for heroin use.

Detox alone will not stop a person from using heroin. Counseling is an important part of the substance abuse treatment process. One-on-one time with a person who is certified to treat the psychological aspect of drug abuse can often lead an addict to understand why they began to use drugs. A drug user often feels that they are alone in the struggle to overcome their dependence on drug and group therapy can be of a great help. People who are recovering come together and discuss their hopes for leading a drug free life. They can also express any fears or doubts that they may have on the success of their treatment. The family of an abuser should also receive counseling so that they can understand what the person will face once treatment is completed and know how to help.

References:
http://www.samhsa.gov/
http://www.drugabuse.gov/infofacts/hsyouthtrends.html

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