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Why No One Should Do Heroin

Posted on :  March 31st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The Internet and social media is full of before-and-after photos of heroin users. These photos show the shocking truth of what happens (not what can happen) to regular users of this highly addictive substance.

Heroin is Never Chic

This drug is one of the most dangerous substances available to people today. In the 1990s, it was actually marketed as a chic drug and the waif-thin look of models in that decade were called “heroin chic.” In reality, there is absolutely nothing chic, fashionable, stylish, or trendy about heroin. The drug will destroy the life of the user over time. The drug will destroy relationships, careers, friendships, health, and so much more. Sadly, millions of people in North America use illegal drugs on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, heroin is one of the drugs that has been increasing in consumption. It is easy to find and affordable. Now that prescription drugs like Oxycontin are more difficult to get, heroin has become the drug of choice for men and women who are looking for an escape from pain on many levels. While the drug may appear to be a miracle in the short term, it is far from it in the long term.

Heroin truly is a substance that no one should ever use

Most people who use heroin inject it directly into their veins. They do this by diluting it with water. It causes the high to happen immediately because the drug moves at a violent pace through the bloodstream and attaches to the opioid receptors in the brain. The drug can also be smoked, eaten, or smoked. But, these other methods do not produce the same high as quickly as the injection does. Therefore, most addicts prefer the injection.

What Happens When Heroin Enters the Body

As soon as heroin enters the system, pain will disappear and the boy relaxes. The drug makes all troubles disappear and a feeling of euphoria comes into being. However, the relaxation does not last. The painkilling sensation also disappears rather quickly. The user responds by taking more and more of the drug to experience the same feeling.

Eventually, the user becomes an addict who will do anything to get more heroin. This is the number one reason why no one should ever try the drug. It can be addicting from the very first hit. Once that first hit comes the body craves more and the brain directs the user to get more. The brain cannot focus on anything else, just the desire for more heroin.

Along with the changes in the brain and the difficulties with addiction, heroin can also cause horrible physical changes. These changes make it difficult to hide and addiction. They can also completely change a user’s appearance. Not one of the changes is glamorous, trendy, or chic.

Heroin users lose weight. The idea of “heroin chic” came from the fact that most heroin users are extremely thin and not in an attractive way. There is nothing chic about using a drug like heroin. Most users are so preoccupied with getting the next hit that they forget to eat.

Along with losing weight, users also develop cellulite. This comes from the constant injections. It makes the skin loose and unsightly. The scars from the injection sites are also quite unattractive.

If heroin addictions prefer to smoke or eat their heroin, they could end up with terrible tooth decay. It is common to see addicts with one or two front teeth, simply because the drug is so damaging and because users who are high forget to care for their mouths.

If tooth decay and cellulite weren’t enough, there are several damaging effects on the skin. The first is that users often develop dark spots, not like age spots, but ugly dark patches that look like damaged skin. They also can develop abscesses from the chemicals in the heroin affecting the skin. Most heroin users end up with scabs from the abscesses on their faces because they pick at them.

Most heroin users look like they have been in a fight and lost. In reality, they have, which is why we offer our programs at Towards Recovery Clinics. Contact us at 905-527-2042 for assistance.


What Makes a Good Inpatient Program

Posted on :  March 28th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Towards Recovery Clinics specializes in treating opioid addiction with methadone. This treatment program has been successful for many patients. But, there are some patients who need more help. Fortunately, inpatient programs are available for heroin and other opioid addicts.

When shopping for a high quality inpatient program, there are five elements that must happen at the program. Without these features, the inpatient program might not serve the needs of the heroin addict and help create a successful recovery.

Unique Treatment Plans

The first necessary element is that the program must create treatment plans for each individual patient. The needs of patients differ based on their ages, genders, years of addiction, and health histories. Without a customized program, patients will not have the successes they hope for and after spending time in an inpatient program, most patients do not want to return for relapses. A strong program will evaluate the patient’s needs and create a plan that fits all of the patient’s unique needs. The plan is reevaluated throughout the stay to see if any changes are necessary as the patient moves through the recovery steps.

Detailed Record Keeping

The record keeping at the treatment facility must be extensive and precise. Charting the course of recovery is vital to the success of the patient. The physician and other caregivers that are charged with each patient need to record every step of the treatment plan. This way, the caregivers can see if changes need to be made and what works. With quality records, caregivers are able to decide if a plan is even necessary. Patients should be able to see their own records to see their progress. It is also important that the records remain private so the patient does not have to worry about the stigma attached to being in an inpatient drug addiction center.

Scientifically Proven Treatment Methods

Another necessary feature is that the caregivers use treatments that have been scientifically proven. These treatments include methadone treatments, as well as psychological therapy like talk therapy and behavioral treatments. If a physician or caregivers cannot explain the medical benefits of the treatment, then it should not be used. There should be licensed physicians in charge of the treatment. They should specialize in psychiatry, pharmacology, or drug treatment – especially because the prescriptions associated with drug treatment programs can interact with brain chemistry and other drugs.

Trustworthy Caregivers

The treatment center should be comfortable and friendly. The patient should be able to trust the caregivers because they have the knowledge and credentials that inspire the trust. They should be able to help with detox programs and everything that occurs afterwards. When patients are comfortable (without being too comfortable), they are more likely to recover and not need to be readmitted.

Quality Discharge Plans

The final necessity for a quality program is having a treatment program that continues after the patient returns home. The challenge for the patient is getting back into a healthy lifestyle, so it can be useful for patients to have plans of action before they leave. In many cases, patients need to relearn how to insert themselves back into society. They will need to know what to do in trigger situations. They will need to know how to get back to work and how to get back to their families. Many struggle with meeting new friends, who are drug free and healthy to be around. A quality treatment program will often involve referral services and alumni program for men and women who have been discharged. Good treatment centers want to see their patients succeed and they will offer support through all of the stages.

If you have any questions or concerns about methadone as a tool for recovery, or if you are worried about an addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Identifying Heroin: What It Looks Like

Posted on :  March 26th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

If you are concerned about a loved one becoming addicted to heroin, it is a good idea to educate yourself on the appearance of the highly addictive substance.

Heroin comes from a type of poppy plant. When the plant is harvested, the white, milky sap is taken from the seedpods. It is then dried. Despite the simple processing, heroin comes in many forms, textures, appearances, and purity levels. This makes it difficult to identify for people who do not use the drug.

Where Heroin Originates

Once the sap is dried, it looks like a white powder. But, most of the heroin in North America is not white. It is usually a shade of brown, pinkish-gray, and black, too. These colors occur because someone diluted the pure powder by adding substances like coffee, sugar, or other drugs.

People who inject heroin are in danger of blockages in blood vessels because the purity of the powder is always questionable. In some cases, the substances that are added to heroin do not dissolve quickly. Those substances can block vessels in the major organs, like the lungs, the kidneys, or even the brain. So, if you spot a powdery substance, in different colors or with different textures of powder, it could be heroin.

Where Heroin is Stored

Heroin is sold on the street in four different forms. Since the drug is a powder, it needs to be contained in tight packaging that hides its nature. It is common to find it packaged in aluminum foil wrapped in squares. Many dealers will put heroin in balloons that are not inflated, but tied at the ends. Emptied gelatin capsules are often refilled with heroin powder because this makes them easy to swallow and to hide. Other sellers will simply put the powder in everyday plastic sandwich bags. If you know to look for these types of containers, it will be much easier to determine if your loved one is using heroin.

Street Names for Heroin

Because heroin addicts become singularly focused on getting high they often forget to hide that they are doing the drug. So, if you overhear your loved one talking about words that you do not know, your loved one could be talking about heroin. There are many street names for the drug. They include words like H, white, gear, black tar, smack, horse, hammer, rock, elephant, China white, dragon, junk, and Chinese H. It is helpful to understand all of the language surrounding the drug so you are able to make the right moves to help your loved one. If you have questions about language about heroin, please do not hesitate to contact us as Towards Recovery at 905-527-2042. We can help.

How Heroin Is Taken

It is also important to understand how heroin is taken, so you can look for signs through paraphernalia or even signs on your loved one’s body. There are several ways to take heroin to get high and the highs arrive at different times.

The most common way to take heroin is to inject it with an intravenous needle. The powder is mixed with water. Most people will feel the high immediately. You might notice the marks from the needle on the skin, either in the arm, buttocks, or thighs. Some people will inject in different places to hide the needle marks.

Another common way to take heroin is by snorting it. You might find the powder on a flat surface, like a mirror. You also might find items that are used to inhale heroin through the nose, like rolled paper or small pieces of straws.

Some heroin users prefer to smoke their drugs. They will usually heat the powders on a piece of aluminum foil so they can inhale the smoke. Others will roll the drug into a cigarette. It is easy to look for papers or aluminum foil if this is the method your loved one prefers.

There are some people who will simply eat their heroin or possible add it to other foods or beverages. This is harder to find, but if your loved one begins to act high after eating or drinking, you will know why.


No One is a Former Heroin Addict

Posted on :  March 24th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Is heroin addiction a disease? Not in the eyes of recovering addicts. The trouble with being a heroin addict is that the addiction is always there, it never fully goes away. So, no one can be called a “former” heroin addict.

Why Addiction is Not a Disease

Addiction is often referred to as a disease. In reality, heroin addiction is far from being a disease. A disease is a physiological abnormality that creates symptoms. For example, someone with asthmas has a physiological problem that creates tightness in the lungs and difficulty breathing. This is a problem that can be treated with asthma medication like inhalers. No one can choose to not have an asthma attack and no one chooses whether or not to develop the symptoms of the disease.

Drug addiction is not a disease because it is a choice that someone actually makes. Drug addiction is not caused by a physiological abnormality. The drugs might cause abnormalities over time, but the cause of the abnormalities comes from the choice of taking drugs. Choice is the difference between disease and addiction.

Recovery Can Last a Lifetime

Men and women who are in recovery are usually recovering for their entire life. The brain becomes so accustomed to the sensations of heroin, that there is always an underlying craving for the drug. This makes it difficult to heroin users to consider their problem a disease. It is not hereditary. It is not contagious. It is not something that can be treated and then go away. But, despite the fact that heroin addiction can be a life-long struggle, heroin addiction does not have to be a death sentence.

Make Lifestyle Changes

Some recovering addicts will work on changing their lifestyles so they are no longer in environments that offer the temptation of using. Many recovering addicts will use drug therapies like our methadone maintenance program at Towards Recovery Clinics. Addicts will also turn to lifestyle changes like getting involved in religion. They might also make public proclamations that are no longer using drugs – this can create a support system that will help them maintain their recovery status.

The daily struggle is real for heroin addicts who are avoiding the drug. Some recovering addicts will relapse, but instead of continuing to relapse, they should step back and continue on the road to a positive, heroin-free lifestyle. This makes the everyday struggle real, but worth it. There are programs that heroin addicts can attend, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous where users can rely on a strong support system to help them stay on track.

Try the 12 Steps

Some recovering users will get highly involved in AA or NA and begin to recruit others in the 12-steps. They work had to continue to payback society in selfless acts and good deeds. However, recovering addicts can continue to defeat their successes by labeling themselves as addicts or users. It is helpful to include the term “recovering” because it adds a positive connotation to the negative idea of being a user.

There are some recovering addicts who prefer to remove all terms about heroin usage from their vocabulary. Instead of always thinking about recovering, they have decided to simply stop using and start living a drug-free life. It can be personally abusive for people to overuse the idea of recovering, because it prevents users from truly stopping their heroin use. If they are recovering, some users believe that can continue to use because they can recover the next day – kind of like recovering from a hangover. But others need the term, because they need to believe that they can recover and they can be stronger without drugs than with them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Find the Best Addiction Treatment Program for a Loved One

Posted on :  February 1st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Drug addiction and recovery is not just a Canadian thing. It is an epidemic all around the world. The problems that come with addiction and recovery do not just affect the addict; the friends and family of the addict are affected, too. So, what should friends and family do when they need to help a loved one who is struggling with addiction?

One of the best things to do is find professional help. This is challenging for friends and family who have never had to deal with addiction and recovery. They may wonder what the options are and what the best treatment is for their loved one. Here is a quick tutorial on types of treatment and how to pick the right place for a loved one:

What types of treatment programs are available?

  • Outpatient programs
  • Inpatient programs
  • Residential programs
  • Counseling

The different types of programs all work in similar ways. By using a variety of different techniques based on the addiction, they strive to remove the addictive substance from the body and teach the addict how to cope with life after addiction. Some will use independent and group counseling and some will use drug therapy, like methadone to break deadly addictions.

How to Help Your Loved One

Once you recognized that a loved one has an addiction, it is best to remain calm. Addicts will notice if a friend or family member seems uneasy. Before you make any rash decisions, it is best to talk to a professional, like a therapist who specializes in drug addiction. When it comes to helping an addict, education is the key to success. The more you know, the more you can help.

Many addicts will not want to talk about the addiction, so it is important to be able to talk to your loved one. There are several methods of intervening successfully with an addict and there are several things that friends and family can do that will close off any lines of communication. Before you make an attempt at an intervention, work with a counselor who can help you learn what to do and what to say.

Things to Consider

It is also a good idea to visit different treatment programs in your area. There are treatment programs that are designed for 28 days or up to 90 days before releasing the recovered addict. Your loved one might not need anything that long – an outpatient program might be best. Different drug addictions require more work to fight, so speaking to a representative from the different programs is a good way to judge what would be best for your loved one. There are studies that have shown that longer programs are more successful than the short-term ones.

You will also want to consider the location of the program. Your loved one might succeed in a center close to home, or you might know that your loved one needs to be far away from home for success. A treatment center close to home does add convenience for friends and family, but it could also put your loved one in an uncomfortable predicament if someone he or she knows works there or checks in. It is important to be flexible in deciding where to get help.

It is also important to choose a facility that is well-maintained. You will want to visit so you can see how clean the facility is and how regularly rooms are cleaned. Check out the meal schedules and what is served. It is also helpful to look for different accreditation programs to see what standards the treatment center meets. It is also a good idea to ask the representatives from the treatment center about their programs for addicts.

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we serve heroin addicts with our methadone programs. We are always happy to discuss options with friends and family members before they decide to intervene with an addict.

Contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com with questions.


Heroin Addiction: What Happens During the High

Posted on :  January 29th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Most heroin highs last for two hours. This highly addicting drug affects the body and the mind so those two hours need to be constantly repeated. What exactly happens during a heroin high that makes the drug such a necessity for people who start taking it?

What Happens During the High

The human brain has receptors that are specifically designed to receive opioids. When heroin enters the body, it turns into morphine so the brain can receive it. The morphine attaches to the receptors which immediately gives the body a pain-free feeling. This is exactly what medical morphine does to the body. But, heroin does more.

The drug also attaches to receptors that affect the autonomous system that regulates heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure. The calm feeling that comes from the opioid receptors forces the automatic systems to slow down, which is why some heroin addicts suffer from heart attacks.

After a regular use, heroin changes the way the brain works. The brain builds tolerance to the drug, so users need to increase their dosages to get the same feeling they had the first time they took the drug. Along with the physical need for heroin, the mind decides it also needs the drug to fight the possibility of pain and negative behaviors. Once the drug begins to affect the way of life of the user, that user can be called an addict. The changes will be in the user’s personality and behavior, since nearly everything the person does is with the goal of getting high.

How Heroin Can Be Administered Into the Body

There are several ways to administer heroin into the body. It can be snorted, injected, or smoked. When heroin is injected, the high comes immediately and can last up to four hours. Smoking heroin takes longer for the high to begin, but the high will last a bit longer than if the drug is injected. Because the high occurs so quickly, most addicts will resort to injecting it.

As soon as the high begins, users will immediately experience a feeling of euphoria. As the body temperature rises, users also feel a rush of energy. Unfortunately for the user, the euphoria disappears in just a few minutes or less. However, the high can last for hours. But, once the high is over, the user will become sleepy and will not want to engage with other people.

This high may not sound that bad, there are other experiences that create havoc in the body. Many people will experience a sensation of nausea and this can last about 15 minutes. Many users say that during this time, the body feels like it is radiating heat from the inside which makes the body feel like liquid. After the 15 minutes of this experience, the body feels heavy and uncomfortably dizzy. This stage can last up to two hours.

The danger with the drug comes with the way the drug affects the receptors in the brain. When breathing slows, concentration, perception, and thinking can change, too. People who inject heroin can suffer from difficulty breathing, which can create life-threatening problems that can result in comas, unconsciousness, and potentially, death.

People who take heroin on a regular basis find that the drug shows up in drug tests. The drug can build up in tissues so it eventually enters the bloodstream. It can remain in hair follicles for months after it was used. It can also show up for days in urine tests, too. Regular users report it showing up in saliva and blood tests for up to seven days after use.

There is nothing good about developing an addiction to heroin. Fortunately, the counselors at Towards Recovery Clinics can help users overcome their addictions. Contact us at 905-527-2042 for help.


Craving Heroin: How Does It Feel?

Posted on :  January 27th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

An addiction to heroin is no joke. The problem with heroin addiction is that the brain and body crave the drug. These cravings can be painful, especially when an addict is working through withdrawal.

Craving is a Vicious Circle

For an addict, the craving comes from the body wanting two complete opposites. Of course, the mind knows that it needs to stop taking the drug, but the body and mind want to enjoy the experience of the drug, especially because it is a pleasurable experience. The body also wants the discomfort that comes from withdrawal to stop and in reality, the only way to stop the pain is to take the drug again. This is why heroin addiction is so dangerous, because the body craves it so severely which makes it so difficult to stop taking it.

When a heroin addict experiences the cravings, the body absolutely must have the substance. Without it, the addict feels like death is the only other option. An addict will say or do anything to get the substance because it will bring immediate relief from any discomfort. It will also satisfy the craving like nothing else will. Once the craving is satisfied, the satisfaction does not last. Eventually, the drug will wear off and the cravings will start all over again.

When the brain craves an opioid, the cravings are connected to memories. Research has shown that when opioid addicts are shown pictures of drugs, the cravings can begin. This makes sense because of the way the brain is wired to connect sensations and perceptions. The images like pipes, powders, or other drug paraphernalia that are shown to addicts will change the brain chemistry of the addict, triggering the need to obtain and ingest the drug.

Most addicts will also experience a sense of joy prior to taking the drug. Once the substance has been obtained, the body enjoys the experience of anticipation. The sense of immediate gratification is like nothing else that an addict experiences. They want to take the drug because they know how good it will feel and how much relief the drug will bring. The vicious circle of need and fulfillment is what keeps addicts coming back for so much more.

Heroin is a dangerous substance for addicts because it affects the chemistry of the brain by thinking it is experiencing pleasure. Heroin connects to receptors in the brain, causing an illusion of pleasure. This illusion is what creates the physical dependence, because the brain needs to keep those receptors filled so it does not make the body feel pain.

Because of the physical cause of addiction, many addicts will use medication-assisted treatment, like what we use at Towards Recovery Clinics. With methadone, education, and counseling, we are able to help addicts fight their addictions and those cravings. With methadone, addicts are able to live life without the pain and discomfort that comes with complete withdrawal of heroin.

It is best to think of a methadone treatment not as a replacement drug, but as a treatment for an illness. People wear glasses so they can see better than they can without them. They take medication for asthma. They take medication for depression and anxiety. Methadone does the same thing. It helps people live their lives in a healthy way that they would not be able to do without it. Since the brain cannot function properly without the help of methadone, it is a necessary treatment option for people who are fighting heroin addiction.

Our treatment centers will help addicts find the proper dosage, so they can avoid the cravings for heroin. We want them to get to a point where they are simply maintaining their life without heroin. Eventually, we want to help former addicts detoxify from methadone, too. However, this can take months or years before an addict is ready to come off of it. For many people, methadone simply becomes a part of their lives.

Contact Towards Recovery Clinics at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Heroin Addiction: Does Cold Turkey Quitting Work?

Posted on :  January 25th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Heroin is one of the most difficult drugs to break an addiction to. The drug affects the central nervous system and works like morphine, so the body processes it in a physiological and psychological way. After time, the body physically requires the drug, so quitting “cold turkey” is a difficult way to fight an addiction to heroin. For many, this method of withdrawal does not work.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms can come from heroin withdrawal can negatively affect the body. This is why so many heroin addicts end up detoxing over a long period of time with the help of prescription medications. When a user tries to quit by stopping usage, they can have painful and troublesome withdrawal symptoms. They usually include vomiting and diarrhea, aches and pains in the body, insomnia and restlessness, and cold flashes. Most people end up relapsing simply to make the symptoms of withdrawal stop. Instead, users perform better with a tapering system managed by a professional.

Result of Withdrawal

The “cold turkey” method of withdrawal can actually result in death. Long-term users are unable to manage complete withdrawal of the drug. Their bodies require the drug to function properly and some users who have tried to cold turkey quit have had their bodies die from the stresses that come with withdrawal.

The risks that come with cold turkey quitting are not worth the chances death. While a few of the symptoms might not seem like a big deal, because most people have experienced these symptoms, the heroin-addicted body does not function like a normal body.

A non-drug addicted body is able to better regulate itself. A heroin-addicted body has been so damaged by the drug that vomiting and diarrhea can quickly turn to dehydration.

Many people experience aches and pain, but the heroin-addicted body cannot use over-the-counter painkillers to calm the sensation because the morphine receptors no longer will work in the same way. Many heroin addicts who try to quit become severely depressed, too.

When addicts work with a professional to taper their withdrawal, they might work together for months. Heroin addicts who try to quit cold turkey will have symptoms that can last for a week or more after their last dose. A week is a long time, especially for someone who knows that a quick hit of heroin can make the symptoms immediately go away. A tapered withdrawal will reduce the intensity of the symptoms so the user is more likely to really stop taking the drug.

There are some users who have more success with the cold turkey method. The first trait is having good health. Most heroin users do not because they are addicted to the drug and their bodies no longer function as they should. Those who are successful with the cold turkey method should also not use any other drugs. Heroin users often use several drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. They should have a strong will to quit and they should also be free of conditions that could be triggered during when the symptoms show up. For example, if a user has a history of depression, quitting cold turkey could create a severe depression.

The complications that can come from quitting cold turkey keep doctors and other healthcare professionals from recommending it to users. The pain and complications are too serious for most people to be successful.

At Towards Recovery Clinics we work with patients who want to stop their heroin addiction, but we do so by using the methadone method.

We help patients taper off of their addictions so their withdrawal symptoms are minimal. We know what it takes for a user to succeed in not using anymore.

Contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com for more information.


Methadone: What Does it Do to the Body?

Posted on :  January 21st, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

At Towards Recovery Clinics, we work with heroin and opioid addicts by helping them fight their addictions. Our comprehensive program puts addicts in the care of physicians, nurses, and therapists who specialize in helping patients fight their addictions. Our goal is to help former addicts recover successfully so they can integrate themselves back into society.

We understand how addictive opioids are, so we work with our patients in the best way possible for their situations. One of the treatments we use is methadone, which is an analgesic opiate medication. The term “analgesic” means that the drug will stop the sensation of pain.

Since opioids do this to the body, once a heroin or other opioid addict stops taking their drug of choice, pain becomes commonplace in the body. We often prescribe methadone because it stops the symptoms that come from withdrawing from a heroin addiction. Since the pain of withdrawal goes away with methadone, users no longer feel the need to take heroin.

Like all drugs, prescription, over-the-counter, or illegal, there are side-effects that can occur. Methadone has been found to be more beneficial for opioid addicts than not, so the side effects tend to be accepted. However, it is always a good idea to know what can happen when methadone enters the body.

When Methadone Enters the Body

The first thing that methadone does is relax the body. It also can make the user feel high, since methadone is an opioid, too. It is possible to abuse it, but not if patients follow our prescription for use. Those who abuse it usually buy it off of the street and take it without regulation. Patients usually have to come to use to get their daily dosage, because it is too easy for addicts to abuse the drug.

Most of the negative side effects happen to people who take methadone illegally. Those who take it under the watchful eye of healthcare providers like those at Towards Recovery Clinics usually do not experience these side effects. We believe it is a good idea for our patients to know what can happen if they begin to abuse a drug like methadone instead of using it as prescribed.

Methadone Side Effects

The worst side effects of methadone include coma and death. These only come with overdoses, which our health care providers help our patients avoid. But, if patients do decide to look for methadone elsewhere, there is the potential of these horrible events.

Opioids have been found to create some discomfort in the digestive system. Constipation and difficulty urinating can be challenges that come with methadone use. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to remedy the problem.

Because methadone is an opioid, there are some problems that can arise in the autonomous nervous system. Some people will experience low blood pressure, respiratory depression, excessive sweating, and sleep irregularities. This tends to happen due to the calming effects that come from opioid use. If these side effects occur, it is important to tell us so we can adjust the dosage.

There are also side effects that can be a nuisance to recovering addicts. They include troubles like nausea and vomiting, skin problems, headaches, and sexual dysfunction. Some recovering users will also complain of weight gain. Again, it is important that you tell us so we can help manage these side effects by adjusting dosages or other methods.

Buying methadone on the street is not a healthy way to recover from a heroin addiction. The dosage can be more concentrated and can cause comas or death, usually from the autonomous nervous system slowing too much. If these large doses are continually taken, damage can be done to the heart and brain, as well as the lungs and other vital organs. These problems cannot be fixed.

If you have any questions or concerns about methadone as a tool for recovery, or if you are worried about a methadone addiction, please contact us at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com.


Global Issues in Drugs and Addiction

Posted on :  January 18th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

The United Nations meets on a regular basis to discuss issues that are occurring around the world. Due to the global problems surrounding narcotics, crime, and addiction, the global organization developed a Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The commission created resolutions to address the problems that are occurring all over the world regarding drugs and the necessary treatments.

One of the first things the commission decided was the prison does not curb the problem. Instead of punishing people for the debilitation effects of addictive substances, health departments around the world need to look at humanitarian ways to address the problem. Prevention is more helpful that penalization, especially when dealing with diseases of the brain, which is what addiction really is. National health departments need to recognize this and develop ways to help people avoid addictive substances in the first place.

The commission also realized that it is vital to reduce the supply and demand for illicit drugs. The problem with buying and selling drugs also involves money laundering, so this is another issue that the commission discussed. The commission recognized that the market for cocaine has shrunk because nations cooperate with each other to reduce the cross-border sales. The same cooperation needs to happen in the opium trade. Unfortunately, poppy farming has grown and there are several new substances that have been created. These synthetic substances have grown in popularity with both buyers and sellers.

The key to success for reducing addiction to narcotics like heroin and prescription medications is designing solutions that involve compassion for the addicts. If the problem is not solved, societal problems that cause harm to individuals who are both taking drugs and not taking drugs will continue to increase. Being compassionate sounds like a great way to handle the problem, but will it really be carried out by nations both in and out of the United Nations. Society as a whole needs to deal with this problem, especially since the infrastructure of the drug trade crosses so many borders. When countries load their prisons with criminals who are addicted to drugs wastes dollars and time that could be spent on true criminals, no country has solved its drug problem by incarcerating addicts. Instead, countries should work with clinics and health departments to find healthy ways to manage the problem and eventually put an end to it. When the United Nations can create a realistic solution, the drug problem that has spread all over the world could be contained.

One of the best ways to curb addiction is to make it easier for addicts to access addiction treatment, like the kind of treatment offered by Towards Recovery Clinics. The compassionate and effective methadone clinic helps addicts fight their addictions and return to a healthy lifestyle free of opioid addictions. The United Nations needs to work with the second and third world nations that grow and process the opioids so they discontinue selling them to their people and to those in the first world nations. When countries, all over the world work together to improve the lives of the majority of the population, then opioid addiction can end. Illegal drug trade must be contained and addicts need to be treated kindly to help them recover successfully rather than shunning them from society.

Communities that rely on the drug trade to make money should be encouraged to grow other crops. Instead of feeding addiction, those communities could help feed people. They could help reach the United Nations’ goal of obliterating hunger and poverty instead of growing crops that create addiction and crime all over the world. The slight shift in farming could change the way the world works.




Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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