What came first, heroin or prescription opioids?
Heroin use and prescription opioid abuse are often intertwined as these drugs all have a similar effect on the brain and body. If someone uses one form of opioid, there is a greater chance they will end up using another. One question in our society is “do addicts start with heroin then move to prescription opioids or the other way around”? People who are prescribed opioid pain medication and develop a dependence may turn to heroin as a cheaper and possibly stronger option. In fact, nearly 80 percent of heroin users have partaken in prior misuses of prescription opioids.
When it comes to getting high regularly, some data does suggest that heroin is the first opioid many people use. One report documented that about a 3rd of users turned to heroin first. Individuals who use heroin and were not previously prescribed pain pills may consume prescription opioids at some point, however, they are likely to have received them via illegal means.
Heroin Addiction Treatment
There are multiple ways to treat heroin addiction. Medication such as methadone, Subutex, and Suboxone allows an individual to be weaned off of heroin without the full withdrawal effects. Medication-assisted treatment is controversial as these medications are addictive in themselves. The ideal treatment option is abstinence. This is a difficult route, as heroin detox can be very uncomfortable and triggers severe cravings. However, getting clean is the ultimate goal and this is the preferred route for many.
Our team at Level Up Treatment specializes in creating an ideal environment and providing effective therapies to help heroin addicts through their recovery. We will develop a personalized treatment plan and lead you to recovery. Get started today!