Heroin use has increased in the United States across almost all demographic groups since 2002. In males the rate of use increased by 50 percent in the period 2002 to 2013, and in females the rate doubled. Along with increasing rates of use, heroin overdose rates and deaths from overdose have also increased dramatically.
Heroin is a highly addictive illegal drug in the opioid (narcotics) class and is often used along with other drugs such as alcohol, prescription medications, and cocaine. Heroin overdose rates are higher among those who also abuse other drugs than in people using heroin alone. Centers for heroin addiction treatment in Wichita are dedicated to treating addicts who are ready to overcome their troubles with the drug.
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Like other opioid drugs, heroin affects the pain/pleasure centers in the brain by binding to receptors instead of the normal neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, that usually produce feelings of pleasure. The brain becomes accustomed to the presence of heroin, and dampens the dopamine response. The user soon becomes addicted to the sense of euphoria or "rush," which is stronger and lasts longer than pleasure from other sources. The changes in the brain make it difficult for the heroin user to resist taking more, especially as some of the receptors die off and more of the drug must be taken to trigger the pleasure response. The user's response to normal pleasure also diminishes.
Withdrawing from heroin can be so uncomfortable that giving up and returning to the drug may seem preferable to continuing with the withdrawal. Detoxifying and withdrawing in a professional setting such as a detox center is most likely to be successful because medications can be prescribed to reduce the cravings and alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. After detox, the most effective treatments are available during a residential stay in a rehab facility. Being a resident allows the recovering addict to concentrate on their recovery and on learning how to cope with a future life without addiction.