Like other opioids, heroin attaches itself to neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically dopamine neurotransmitters. Since neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that control how our brain functions, effective heroin treatment is crucial. Dopamine also occurs naturally in the body. It blocks pain and stress receptors and calms the body with a rush of euphoria. Heroin does the same thing, only moreso. What makes heroin so highly addictive is it reduces the body's capacity to produce what comes naturally. And without effective heroin treatment the brain can't repair itself and there can be no end to the addiction. .

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That's why Recovery Boot Camp is here. To provide effective heroin treatment for the physiological, as well as the societal and psychological causes of addiction. This way there can be an end to heroin addiction once and for all.  In other words, Recovery Boot  
Camp's one-of-a-kind Basic Training program will provide all the tools you need to right your day-to-day, as well as to heal your mind, so your body can again begin producing its own dopamine. And you can stop relying upon a dangerous and harmful substitute.

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Opiate is a term used to designate drugs naturally derived from the narcotic makeup of the opium poppy plant; opioid is the term used today to describe both the natural and synthetic versions of opiates. Opiates include opium, morphine, codeine and heroin. Opioids include oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and carfentanyl.


The Sumerians first discovered the pain-relieving effects of the poppy as far back as 3400 BC, and opium was the go-to pain reliever for the next 5000 years. Doctors discovered morphine in 1806, codeine in 1832 and heroin in 1853, and the three became the standard-bearers for the next century.


Heroin was declared illegal in 1924, however, medications containing morphine, codeine and oxycodone (discovered in 1916) are still prescribed legally, albeit with heavy regulation.


Opiates and opioids are highly addictive because the release of endorphins and dopamine from these drugs creates a powerful rush that can’t be achieved naturally. The only way to repeat the experience is to use the drug again. Repeated use of opiates and opioids will cause the brain to slow or stop its production of natural endorphins and dopamine. This causes more and more cravings, first for the high, then in order to feel any pleasure at all.


Opioid addiction is often unintentional. Most people begin using prescription opioids to treat pain from either surgery or injury. Unfortunately, by the time they have healed and no longer need the drugs for their physical pain, the opioids have already affected their brain enough to cause dependence and lead to addiction.

Common opioid painkillers available by prescription include (but are not limited to):

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl  
Addiction begins when a drug's high replaces the natural high produced by the brain. It evolves as a person develops a tolerance to the drug. Increasing amounts become necessary to achieve the required high. This leads to both physical dependence (which means that if they stop taking the drug, they will experience withdrawal symptoms) and psychological dependence (craving the drug). Addiction never levels out. And eventually any high will become secondary. A heroin addict will continue to need increasing amounts of the drug just to function. This can ultimately destroy their life, and quite possibly even kill them. In fact, overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.
Because prescription opioids are regulated and monitored closely, many opioid addicts who began their addiction with prescription drugs must resort to heroin to feed their habit. In fact, research from the CDC found that 75 percent of heroin users reported that their addiction began with prescription painkillers. Heroin is easier to get, costs less and provides the same euphoric high of the prescription pills. Heroin is derived from morphine, and is most often sold in powder form. Powdered heroin may be cut with harmless substances like starch or powdered sugar to increase the quantity, but some heroin is cut with deadly drugs like fentanyl. Higher quality heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected, while lower quality heroin has to be diluted and then injected. Because most people don’t know what the purity level of their heroin is, what it may be cut with or how much to use, it is easy to overdose. The CDC reports that there were nearly 13,000 deaths in 2015 due to heroin use.
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If you notice any of these physical or behavioral changes in a loved one, they may have an addiction to heroin:

  • Visible elation or euphoria
  • Mood swings
  • Noticeable drowsiness, nodding off or losing consciousness
  • Isolation or problems in relationships
  • Confusion
  • Getting multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors
  • Sudden onset of financial problems
  • Slowed breathing
  • Pupil constriction
Heroin addiction impairs health, destroys relationships, depletes finances and strips away all semblance of personal integrity. A heroin addict’s addiction takes precedence over everything and everyone else. Users will lie, cheat and steal to fund their habit. And the wreckage they leave behind is often unfathomable.


Heroin treatment often requires detox because of the drug's profound effects on the brain. Nerve cells become accustomed to the presence of heroin, as well as its effects, so when the drug is suddenly taken away, the brain can react violently. This results in withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, headache, insomnia, sweating and fatigue. While Recovery Boot Camp does not provide detox services, we do offer secure referrals to reputable local centers. There the patient is generally prescribed medications that will manage symptoms of withdrawal, as well as curb cravings. While we strongly
believe that effective heroin treatment is possible without opioids; we also recognize the existence of co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and trauma. Therefore we also offer non-opioid Medication Assisted Treatment when needed. Recovery Boot Camp offers partial hospitalization treatment (PHP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) outpatient treatment (OP) and Aftercare to men seeking to beat heroin addiction. We are fully-immersive, fully-comprehensive and, above all, no-nonsense. If you're seeking effective heroin treatment, then get in touch.

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