Heroin Facts

 Introduction to Heroin Addiction

For over 25 years Pat Moore Foundation has specialized in heroin detox and other opiate addiction treatment programs. We know first-hand the powerful addictive and destructive qualities of heroin and heroin abuse. Following are excerpts from "Heroin Abuse and Addiction" from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Report Series. We provide this as a service to Pat Moore Foundation family and friends, as well as for anyone seeking helpful and insightful information on heroin, including its addiction and abuse.

What is Heroin
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiates. Click here to continue.

Heroin: Scope of Use in U.S.
According to a 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which most likely underestimates illicit opiate (heroin) use, an estimated 3.7 million ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: How It's Used
Heroin is usually injected, sniffed/snorted, or smoked. Typically, a heroin abuser may ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Short-Term Effects
Soon after injection (or inhalation), heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier. In the brain, heroin is... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Long-Term Effects
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease, characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, and by neurochemical and molecular changes in ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Medical Ramifications
There are many physical, medical consequences of chronic heroin injection use including ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Issues with Pregnancy
Heroin abuse during pregnancy and the indirect consequences (e.g., lack of prenatal care) have been associated with negative consequences including... Click here to continue.

Heroin: HIV and Hepatitis Issues
There are two methods of transmission for Heroin users to contract HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and other infectious diseases ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Treatment Options, Introduction
A variety of effective treatments are available for heroin and other opiate addictions. Treatment tends ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Treatment Options: Detox
Detoxification programs aim to achieve safe and humane withdrawal from opiates by minimizing the severity ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Treatment Options: Methadone
Methadone treatment has been used for more than 30 years to ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Treatment Options: Buprenorphine
Buprenorphine is a particularly attractive treatment for heroin addiction because ... Click here to continue.

Heroin: Treatment Options: Behavioral Therapy
Although behavioral and pharmacologic treatments can be extremely useful when employed alone, science has taught us ... Click here to continue.

Heroin Treatment Options: Opioid Analogs
Drug analogs are chemical compounds that are similar to other drugs in their effects but differ slightly in ... Click here to continue.

Heroin Treatment Options: More Information
To learn more about heroin and other drugs of abuse, contact the National Clearinghouse ... Click here to continue.

Heroin Treatment Options: Glossary
Listing and definitions of terms and jargon commonly associated with heroin addition ... Click here to continue.

The above information is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Research Report Series - "Heroin Abuse and Addiction." The report is also available at NIDA's website at www.nida.nih.gov.

Pat Moore Foundation's drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification (using Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenorphine when appropriate) and primary residential treatment. Our individual homes are on a unique co-ed campus where we offer gender specific treatment. We are located in Costa Mesa, in Orange County, Southern California, close to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, and only an hour's drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. To speak with a counselor, please call us 24-hours at (888) 426-6086 or if you'd like us to contact you, send a confidential message online by filling out our online form.

Note: All medical services are administered by medical professionals, which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation.