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Battling Drug Addiction in Houston

Reasons for Addiction

Heroin addiction is costly. It causes more deaths than traffic accidents annually. Its addiction is not only limited to junkies or homeless persons, more and more professionals and youngsters are also getting hooked to it. It is estimated that 23% of people who use it become addicted to it. One reason people get addicted to heroin is due to its abundant supply and availability. Heroin comes from all parts of the world like: Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia.

Treatment of Prescription Medication Addiction

Due to the physical dependence created by abusing prescription medication, addiction treatment begins in a residential treatment facility. The initial phase of treatment is detox. It is here, under medical supervision, that the symptoms associated with withdrawal from prescription medication are managed, reduced and some times eliminated. The average length of time spent in detox is approximately seven days. During this time, the person will be monitored medically and any psychiatric or psychological issues will be assessed.

After the person is medically stable, they are generally referred to residential treatment to complete the treatment plan designed in detox. By the time most people enter treatment for prescription medication addiction, they have created quite a bit of emotional damage to themselves and loved ones. It takes time to recover from shame, grief, guilt, and rebuild a level of trust amongst the family. Recovery in a supportive therapeutic environment eliminates many of the outside distractions and allows a person to focus on issues relating to their recovery. The length of stay is approximately twenty days and may be followed by outpatient therapy.

Prescription Drugs

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Over the last few years, prescription drug abuse has escalated dramatically. With easy access through the internet, more people than ever are able to purchase these addictive medications with little or no scrutiny. Secondly, more and more pain clinics have opened their doors, creating another venue for people to access medication for pain. Before going any further, let us state that the majority of people addicted to prescription medications, started to abuse these medications after a legitimate prescription was written for them by their physician. The prescription may have been written because due chronic pain, auto or sports injury, surgery or to relax strained muscles.

How Heroin Vaccine Works

A vaccine for heroin addiction is a great plus for all addicts. This is because surviving a heroin addiction can be a painful and difficult process, especially because even after treatment there is always a risk of a relapse. This vaccine is beneficial in helping addicts even after a potential relapse.

The vaccine works by tricking the immune system of the body into thinking of heroin as a pathogen (bacteria or a virus). This then results in the body to produce antibodies against the drug which help keep the drug away from the brain. The brain is the region where the high is produced. So if the drug does not reach the brain then no sense or feeling of euphoria can be produced.

Vaccines as Part of Addiction Treatment

Vaccines actually prevent, rather than treat a serious disease. So while a cocaine vaccine may eventually be a used as tool for treating cocaine addiction, it is better suited to be used as a prevention medium in the initial development of addiction. This would help curb a dependency on the drug early on.


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