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Lewiston is the second largest city in the state of Maine with a total population of 41,592 according to the 2010 United States Census. The city is located in south-central Maine, at the falls of the Androscoggin River. Lewiston is the home to Bates Callege, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and the University of Southern Maine’s Lawiston-Auburn College. The city is also home to two significant regional general hospitals, Central Maine Medical Center and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
Heroin addiction overwhelms Lewiston, Maine Residents
Heroin addiction is a growing problem in Lewiston, Maine. Many with physical or emotional health issues are drawn to the drug in hope it will take their pain away. What they did not plan was to become physically dependent on heroin and unable to quit without excruciating withdrawal symptoms.
High purity South American heroin retailed in Maine is most popular throughout Maine. This is because the drug can be snorted, eliminating the risk and stigma associated with injection. Many think that snorting Heroin will not lead to addiction, they are wrong. It often leads to a tolerance and addiction quickly, then users turn to the direct rout of use, injection.
Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid drug synthesized from morphine, a derivative of the opium poppy plant. Heroin is used as a recreational drug for the transcendent relaxation and sense of euphoriait induces. A tolerance to the drug develops quite easily, requiring more of the drug to experience the same effects. With a tolerance, a dependency comes. The users life becomes completely dependent on Heroin, how to get the drug, when they will get high next. As the dependency grows, the user’s health begins to deteriorate along with the destruction of person and social relationship, and employment. When the users at the point of “enough is enough” and ready to quit the extreme withdrawal symptoms make it nearly impossible without the help of a treatment program.
Heroin withdrawal is commonly known as “Cold Turkey”. Symptoms can occur within 6 to 24 hours of discontinuing use of heroin depending on the tolerance and the last amount consumed. Symptoms may include: sweating, malaise, anxiety, depression, akathisia, priapism, extra sensitivity of the genitals in females, general feeling of heaviness, cramp-like pains in the limbs, excessive yawning or sneezing, tears, rhinorrhea, sleep difficulties (insomnia), cold sweats, chills, severe muscle and bone aches; nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and fever.
Heroin health risks
There are many health risk’s involved with Heroin abuse. Intravenous use of heroin with non-sterile needles and syringes or other related equipment leads to several serious risks. There is the risk of contracting blood-borne pathogens such as HIV and hepatitis. Bacterial or fungal endocarditis, venous sclerosis, abscesses and poisoning from contaminants added to dilute heroin are also great health risks. Snorting Heroin also has risks similar to injecting, such as decreased kidney function.
Regardless to how the drug is used there is a high risk of overdose. According to Maine health data, the number of heroin overdose deaths increased from two in 1995 to eight in 1998. For those who’s lives do not get taken by the drug, their lives are consumed by it and are in need of a treatment facility to overcome the addiction. The total number of clients admitted to drug treatment programs for heroin abuse continues to increase; there was a 29 percent rise during the first 9 months of 2000. There was 374 clients admitted to treatment facilities for heroin abuse in 2000.
There are three methadone clinics throughout the state of Maine. These clinics offer Heroin addicts a way to quit without the debilitating withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse. In addition to stopping the withdrawal symptoms, Methadone also acts as a pain reliever. Which many who are addicted to Heroin are that way because they were looking to take away their pain. The way methadone works to treat pain is by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Methadone treatment alone is not enough to over come this addiction. Many are in need of rehab facilities to help them. You will receive detox, and behavioral modification therapy that will increase your chance and success and lessen the chance of relapse. Rehab Programs in Lewiston, Maine can help you overcome your addiction to Heroin, do not wait any longer, call today.