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Wise Words of Inspiration: Addiction Recovery Quotes

Posted on :  June 2nd, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

At Towards Recovery Treatment Center, we understand that there will be times when the craving become too much. We know that patients often feel alone. We understand the struggles. It can be truly difficult for any person fighting an addiction to remain strong 100% of the time.

When the going gets tough, it is helpful to have some inspiration to help get through those challenging moments. It is important for recovering addicts to understand that they are not alone. Numerous people all over the world have struggled with drug addiction and other painful circumstances. Fortunately, those people have left words of wisdom for people who are struggling.

Here are a few inspirational quotes that are important to consider when the going really gets tough:

1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

This quote can help recovering addicts understand that it is the small things that matter. Each moment of sobriety is one more moment of sobriety. Even though that seems like an obvious statement, it is each moment that matters.

2. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Falling into the pattern of addiction is an easy thing for anyone battling drug abuse. Instead of falling into those patterns, recovering addicts need to think differently. They need to look at the positivity of staying away from drugs and the danger that drugs bring to life. Fighting addiction is not a problem, it is a success.

3. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

Fighting addiction is a risky business. Of course it will be scary, especially when recovering addicts know that it can be physically painful. It can also be frightening because it is a life-changing experience. There might be moments when the fight becomes too difficult, but it is important to understand that the fight is worth the risk. It is vital to recognize the fear and overcome it. Without facing fear, you cannot make gains and build a healthy lifestyle.

4. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Henry Ford changed the world with his inventions and creativity. If he did not do what he did, the world would be a completely different place. While you do not need to change the world, you do need to change your world. It is best to stay on track and convince yourself that you can succeed. It is much better than convincing yourself that you are going to fail.

5. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

The best time to start is now. The next best time is now. Get the idea. Even if there are struggles through the recovery process, there is still time to keep going. Think of the baby learning to walk, if the baby gave up after the first time he fell, he would never learn to walk. You have to keep the same tenacity with your recovery. Anything worth fighting for is going to involve some fight.

6. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

You cannot overcome the problem if you do not face it. Without working through it, you will never recover. If you have taken the time to enter the room of recovery, you have to take the time to get through the door to maintain the fight.

If you want even more suggestions, the experts at Towards Recovery have plenty of other inspirational and motivational quotes to share.

Contact us at our main office at 905-527-2042.


What are the Substance Abuse Symptoms

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

Addiction can happen after the first time taking recreational or prescription drugs. While this is uncommon, there are people who experience this problem. People who decide to take any type of addictive drug do it for a variety of reasons. Some try to escape their real lives, some use drugs to cope with life, others just want to do what their friends are doing, and some just want to satisfy a curiosity.

No matter the reason, taking addictive drugs can lead to a serious collection of problems. It is helpful for people to recognize the symptoms that can come with substance abuse. By recognizing the symptoms, it is easier to get loved ones the help they need.

Dispositions for Drug Abuse

People who develop addiction tend to have varying reasons. Those include genetic predispositions, mental health issues, and environmental issues. Drugs will create addictions in most people, but some develop addictions faster than others. Those who have family history of addiction should avoid taking any type of addictive drug. Those who have suffered from traumatic experiences of any kind should, too. People who have anxiety and/or depressions are also more likely to become addicted to narcotics very quickly. The same goes for people who have started using drugs at a young age.

Brain Changes that Affect Addiction

Addiction occurs because of changes in the brain. Drugs affect the brain in different ways based on the chemicals in the drug. Eventually, the brain begins to crave the sensation that occurs when the drug enters the body. The brain experiences pleasure when the drug releases hormones like dopamine. The craving for pleasurable experiences begins to dominate the mind, so regular life events, like work, friends, family, health, etc., take second place to the goal of getting high. Most people who develop addiction do not realize they are addicted.

Signs of Drug Abuse

There are several signs of drug abuse that can be readily identified. The easiest way to recognize drug abuse is to look at the responsibilities of the addict. Is the addict neglecting responsibilities? If the addict is a teen, look at the teen’s grades and attendance at school. Adults who have jobs often lose their positions at work because they fail to show up or they do not get their work finished. Homes and families can suffer because addicts are too busy getting high that taking care of their responsibilities. Relationships also suffer when addicts get into their habits too deeply.

Dangerous Living

Many addicts also live dangerous lives. They will drive while high, buy their drugs from unsavory sources, and many will use dirty materials to put the drugs into their bodies. Some will also have sex to get drugs. In many cases, drug addicts will also get into legal trouble, possibly getting caught buying drugs or doing something illegal to get drugs. Some will get caught driving while high or creating a disorderly display in public while under the influence.

More and More Drug Use

Addicts might be able to recognize their own problems if they can look into their own behavior. Most addicts develop a tolerance for their drug of choice, so they need to take more and more as time goes on. Addicts who are unable to get their drug-of-choice, they will use other drugs to soothe any feelings of withdrawal. They will look for other drugs so they do not have to experience the nausea, sweating, anxiety, and restlessness that can come from withdrawal.

Recognizing a Problem

Even though many addicts will not realize that they have a problem, it can be helpful to ask any addict if he or she still has control over drug use. In most cases, the addict will deny there is a problem, but if loved ones do not ask the question, the addict will never take the time to think about the answer. Even if the addict does recognize there is a problem, there is a chance that the addict does is unable to do anything about it.

Because most addicts spend their entire day looking for ways to get high, it is safe to say most addicts have lives that are all about drugs. Once people become addicted to a narcotic, they usually lose interest in things they previously enjoyed.

If you have any questions about drug use, please contact us at Towards Recovery Clinics. We can help you work with your loved one.


Opioids and the President: Improving Care Options for Addicts

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

Since the War on Drugs became a hot-button issue in politics, the President of the United States has had something to say about it. With continued growth of heroin addictions in North America, it was only time before the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, tackled the problem of opioids and treatments. His request for health care providers is to look for ways to increase the treatment options for those who are suffering from opioid addictions.

Embracing Medical Treatment

His call for attention to this horrible epidemic calls out the fact that for decades, treatment has focused on abstinence – refraining from using drugs in the first place. This model of treatment does not help those who are already addicted. This model also looks negatively on the idea of using prescription drugs to treat opioid addiction. Obama spoke about this problem and how important it is to change the way health care workers and government agencies treat opioid addictions.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved methadone and buprenorphine as treatment options for people who are addicted to opioids. But, abstinence counselors do not talk about them. Obama wants the drug courts to be able to administer those medications to addicts or the courts would lose federal funding. The reasoning is because the criminal justice system has a misunderstanding about treating opioid addictions with medication.

Support for the President’s Initiative

The head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration supports the president. The SAMHSA will work with other agencies to help them understand the value of the prescription treatments that include methadone and buprenorphine. Using a medical assisted treatment has proven successful for the majority of patients who have used it. The SAMHSA will also work to increase the availability of buprenorphine to agencies that work with opioid addicts.

With the president’s attention to medically treating opioid addiction, abstinence counseling will change. The government agencies that counsel rather than medically treat opioid addiction will now need to share the information about medically assisted treatment. The president wants these organizations to develop and submit a plan of action to the federal government.

Increasing Treatment Options for Physicians

To make the transition from abstinence counseling to medical assisted treatment, the White House wants to give the ability to prescribe buprenorphine to 30,000 more physicians. When the medical treatment is added to support from a drug counselor, addicts have the best results. Currently, there are not enough physicians licensed to prescribe buprenorphine. This will help urban, suburban, and rural communities that currently do not have treatment centers.

Interestingly, there are many decision makers, like judges and health care providers who do not like medical assisted treatment for opioid addiction. There are judges who refuse to offer medical treatment to defendants who have obvious opioid addictions. Those judges prefer to not offer it because they like having one treatment to give to everyone.

Democrats and Republicans Give Their Support

On the flip side, both political parties in the United States see the benefits of the President’s powerful statement about medically treating opioid addiction. Politicians from both sides of the aisle appreciate that the President wants to help families that are suffering and law enforcement agencies that are limited in their offerings. They also appreciate how adding medically assisted treatment for addiction will help health care workers take better care of their patients.

Removing Cap Limits

Currently, health care workers in the United States have a limited number of patients they can treat with methadone and buprenorphine. With the changes the President is proposing, physicians can increase the number of patients they can treat so no addict is left behind due to federal cap limits on treatment. This should reduce the stigma of addiction and give addicts the ability not only to use medical treatment, but to access health counseling support, too.

Contact Towards Recovery at 905-527-2042 or email at info@towardsrecovery.com for counseling or addiction treatment.


Opioid Use Disorder: What to Know

Posted on :  April 23rd, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Opioid use is one of the most damaging things that a human can do to his or her body and mind. The use of opioids can impair the mind and cause distress in the body. When someone develops an opioid use disorder, that person will want to take opioids constantly. The drugs will harmfully affect the body and mind. Those who have the constant craving to take opioids will usually prefer to take drugs rather than spend time with family and friends.

Symptoms that Last for Many Years

Developing an opioid use disorder can have a serious affect on people for several years. It can severely affect a person’s ability to work and earn a living. Opioid addicts tend to develop a large number of absences from work. They also fail to work well with each other and they usually end up living in poverty. Addicts usually think the world is against them, which is why they withdraw from social interaction.

Losing Way of Life

Along with losing jobs and failing to interact with friends and family, many addicts will also end up in trouble with the law. They often drive under the influence, so tend to lose their licenses. They act impulsively, which can draw the attention of law enforcement. They often resort to theft, drug-dealing, and other criminal activities to get money for drugs. Many drug addicts do end up divorced and in court for causes relating to their children.

Issues in the Mind

There are also several problems that happen with the mind when people are addicted to opioids. The usually have issues with memory and concentration. They can often become sleepy and some can actually fall into a coma. It is common for addicts to be unaware of being involved in dangerous activities. They can also hallucinate while under the influence. Opioids become so desirable for addicts because of the euphoria they feel, but this goes away quickly and is replaced by depression and psychomotor slowing.

Physical and Mental Issues

Addicts with opioid use disorder can have many physicial and medical problems. The death rate for addicts is rather high. Many addicts will develop problems due to infections from sharing needles and they can develop bacterial infections, too. Many will also have trouble with sexual organs. It is also common for addicts to have respiratory depression, sleep disorders, and slurred speech.

Diagnosing Opioid Use Disorder

When medical professional diagnose an opioid use disorder, they look at several drugs and factors. The drugs that they look for include heroin, morphine, and opium along with methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine. The repetitive use of these drugs is what draws medical professionals into making this call on this disorder. It is impossible to be given the diagnoses of this disorder if you have never taken any opioids.

The disorder can severely affect the mind. Many people will experience euphoria and then depression. It is easy to become sleepy when taking heroin, which is why so many people appear very sleepy when they are high. Hallucinations can also occur and in most cases, people will experience auditory hallucinations, tractile illuision, or they feel completely out of touch with reality.

Suffering During Withdrawal

While opioid addictions are nothing to laugh about, the withdrawal that can happen when trying to quit using drugs is extremely painful. Those who try to stop will experience horrible symptoms like vomiting, runny nose, muscle pain and aches, yawning, fever, and in many cases dysphoric mood. Many medical professionals will help opioid addicts by prescribing naloxone, buprenorphine, or methadone. It is important that all addicts are continually monitored by medical professionals while using a medically assisted withdrawal method. There are many side effects to using these drugs to break an addiction to a more harmful drug.

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


Why Sobriety is a Good Thing

Posted on :  April 4th, 2016  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from opioid addictions is extremely challenging for the addict and the loved ones. The road to sobriety – living a drug-free life – can seem like a never-ending journey for men and women with heroin addictions. Fortunately, the road ends with a big pot of gold, if only recovering addicts could stay on the path.

It is common knowledge that heroin and opioids are dangerous drugs that can cause a lifetime of pain and trouble. Instead of staying caught up in the vicious cycle of drugs and disease, understanding the goodness of sobriety can be an eye-opening experience.

Giving up drugs can help bring families back together, work on track, and health back to the body. However, there are several other benefits to being and staying sober instead of continuing to take drugs. These are a few of the benefits:

  1. You no longer embarrass yourself. Drug addicts are not fun people to be around. They do things they regret. They behave in unusual ways. Their appearance diminishes quickly. When an addict becomes sober, all of those behaviors go away. They care about the way they look in public, which shows that they care about themselves and others. The embarrassment of acting like a fool and asking what you did that night (because you forget while you were high) completely disappears. People respect you for being sober and staying sober.
  2. You could actually prolong your life. One of the troubles with having a heroin addiction is that you could die anywhere. You might get shot making a drug deal. You might die in an alley where you passed out after getting high. You could die from issues with your internal organs caused by the drugs you took. You could also die from taking drugs that have been tainted with unknown substances. When you are sober, there is no way that you will have any type of similar troubles, because you are no longer taking a substance that could cause you to do something like pass out on a park bench or in an alleyway.
  3. You could build up your savings. Doing drugs is expensive. Every single high costs money that most addicts often do not have. When you stop taking drugs, you can start to build up a savings account and actually begin to own nice things. Drug addicts often run out of money, because they lose their jobs and their families stop giving them money, so many do ridiculous things to find money for drugs. Sobriety takes away all of those problems.
  4. You will feel better. Most drug addicts look significantly older than they really are. The chemicals in the drugs age them quickly. Sober people often look healthy. Once you become sober, you can begin to exercise, eat well, and gain more energy.
  5. You will be safer in public places. Many drug addicts will drive while they are high. This is extremely dangerous for everyone on the road. When you become sober, you no longer have to worry about being a danger to society because you will no longer drive while high. You will be able to avoid accidents and get more affordable automobile insurance. Many drug addicts lose their licenses, but if you get sober, you should be able to get one again.

When you look at the pros to getting sober, it is worth stopping the drug abuse. If you need help getting sober, we at Towards Recovery Clinics can help speed up the process. Our methadone treatment program has helped many men and women recover from their addictions and get back to a regular lifestyle. Contact us at info@towardsrecovery.com or 905-527-2042.


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.


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.


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.




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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