Residential Detox Helps Quit the Most Addictive Drugs

Detox and Quitting Addictive Drugs

Although people might like to say that nicotine is far more addictive than most of the drugs that are also considered addictive, that claim does not seem to be quite right. It would probably be more accurate to say that nicotine has a stronger chemical addiction whereas drugs and pharmaceuticals have a stronger emotional impact because their effects are so easy to notice when they take effect and when those effects wear off.

Nevertheless, when someone has a perceptively strong addiction to certain drugs, they will go through residential detox when they first go into a rehab program with us. Residential detox, by the way, is the correct term for the service that most people refer to as just “detox” – the patient stays at the rehab facility while detox is conducted to let all the patient’s consumed drugs fully leave their system. Residential detox is also done to prepare patients for their upcoming time in rehab classes and therapy sessions – they won’t have their attention diverted away because of physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms that get addressed in detox. However, it is important to note here that going through detox and getting through withdrawals does not mean that your addiction will be over – that is why a large part of rehab after detox is about learning how to go about your daily tasks without experiencing a relapse.


Highly Addictive Street and Pharmaceutical Drugs

As noted previously and as you probably already know, there are a number of drugs that are notoriously addictive. If you are addicted to one of those substances, you will find that residential detox will be the single best next move that you have since attempting to quit those illicit and/or prescribed drugs at home is realistically near impossible.

The following drugs are well known to be some of the most addictive substances on the planet:



Having an addiction to any of the above substances pretty much guarantees that you will need to go through residential detox to give yourself the best chance possible at fully ending your substance abuse

To determine the best way to end your or a loved one’s substance abuse or addiction, call us right now at (866) 319-6126 or send over a message. We’re ready to help whenever you’re ready to quit.

Symptoms and Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Heroin vs Heroin-based Drugs

While heroin has a reputation of being one of the most addictive and powerful illegal street drugs in the world, there are a number of pharmaceutical medicines derived from it. And although heroin itself is especially well-known as being dangerous, some of those medically-approved pharmaceuticals are actually more addictive, more powerful, and more dangerous than heroin.

The medicines built from heroin and those that are synthetic heroin are referred to as opiates and opioids. Technically speaking, the difference between opiates and opioids is that opiates are directly created from the poppy plant. On the other hand, opioids are any substance that binds itself to the parts of the brain that are affected by opiates. This means that although every opiate is an opioid, not all opioids are opiates since opioids can and are often synthetically built by pharmaceutical companies. For example, heroin is itself an opiate but not an opioid.

Some of the drugs, medical or otherwise, include:

  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl
  • Tramadol
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Opium

Though this list isn’t comprehensive to all opioids available, those listed above are some of the most addictive with particularly widespread cases of abuse, including in Pompano Beach, FL .


Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

The signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Itchiness
  • Financial problems
  • Pulling away from friends or family
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Drop in productivity
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow heart rate
  • Heart problems
  • More susceptible to infection
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems


Though the effects of heroin and it’s opioid counterparts are generally very similar, there are specific signs and symptoms that indicate heroin use specifically, these include:

  • Needle marks
  • Bruises on areas injections are common
  • Abscesses
  • Skin infections
  • Collapsed veins
  • Paraphernalia found together (combinations of spoons, foil, lighters, candles, needles, syringes, cotton balls, metal bottle caps, tie-offs, straw, rolling papers, pipe, small tubes)


Best Rehab Options for Heroin Addicts

If you or a family member has an addiction to heroin, or any opioid for that matter, should seek assistance through rehab as soon as possible. The addictiveness and the dangers of these drugs make them especially difficult to quit on one’s own.


1st Step Behavioral Health has the tools, resources, and experience to help fight and end a heroin addiction safely and in a way that is far less likely to lead to relapse. Contact us for yourself or for a loved one to get started right away.