People battling heroin addiction often keep using to avoid painful symptoms of withdrawal. Abusing heroin produces effects similar to painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone, only stronger.
Withdrawal is an uncomfortable process that can be overcome with proper resources. If you or your loved one is considering detox or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, contact your nearest treatment center.
Medication is often given to those recovering from substance abuse symptoms and withdrawals. For opioid addiction, buprenorphine, methadone, naloxone, and suboxone are effective treatments for opioid detox. These legal medications will partially activate the opioid receptors in the brain and block them. This lessens the withdrawal symptoms, and also prevents the person in recovery from relapsing by making it chemically impossible for them to experience an opioid high.
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Withdrawal occurs because your brain works like a spring when it comes to addiction. Drugs and alcohol are brain depressants that push down the spring. They suppress your brain's production of neurotransmitters like noradrenaline. When you stop using drugs or alcohol it's like taking the weight off the spring, and your brain rebounds by producing a surge of adrenaline that causes withdrawal symptoms.
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