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Heroin Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Heroin

Heroin is a powerful opiate that can rewire the brain’s reward system. This drug is an addictive painkiller synthesized from morphine, which comes from poppy plant seeds. It can intercept a person’s reward system by generating feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins and dopamine. Generally, the brain releases these chemicals to reward behavior necessary for survival, such as eating and helping people cope with pain. However, a heroin user who becomes addicted may be unable to function without this drug; this, coupled with withdrawal symptoms, makes it difficult for users to quit on their own. 

Other names for heroin include:

  • Junk
  • Smack
  • “H”
  • Dragon
  • Dope
  • Tar
  • Snowball
  • Scag

Furthermore, street heroin is usually combined with dangerous additives, such as the powerful pain reliever, fentanyl. 

Not all heroin looks the same, as it comes in various forms. People who use this substance may snort, smoke, or inject it. Here are the three most popular types of heroin:


  • Fine white powder: This is the purest form of heroin. 
  • Brown or black powder: This form of heroin gets its color from additives, such as morphine. It’s also more common than pure heroin.
  • Black tar heroin: This form of heroin comes as a black, sticky gel.

Heroin Effects

People who use heroin have described the drug’s high as an intense feeling of well-being. When someone injects this substance, they typically experience a rush because it reaches the brain’s central nervous system quickly. However, this rush typically only lasts around two minutes. The general effects of heroin usage generally include the following:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Relieved tension
  • Contentment
  • Apathy
  • Drowsiness


For first time users, the effects of this drug may sound harmless. Unlike other addictive substances, such as alcohol and ecstasy, there generally isn’t a comedown or hangover from heroin use, which may attract people to it.

When Does Heroin Use Become an Addiction?

Heroin is highly addictive, meaning most people who use it develop a substance abuse disorder. When a person becomes addicted to this substance, it may result in health problems, disabilities, and trouble at home, work, or school. A person with an addiction to this drug may develop a tolerance to it, but that doesn’t make usage less harmful. It means a person needs to take more of the drug to experience the same high. 

Those who quit using this substance may develop the following withdrawal symptoms: 

  • Chills
  • Jitters
  • Diarrhea and vomiting 
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Cold flashes
  • Uncontrollable leg movements


As a user increases their heroin intake, they become at greater risk of overdosing. Signs of heroin overdose include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Shallow breathing
  • Tongue discoloration
  • Small pupils
  • Blue lips
  • Slow pulse

Heroin Addiction Treatment

A person combating a heroin addiction should consult with a doctor and therapist to create a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. A person with an addiction should never attempt to detoxify at home because it can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Instead, they can rely on an inpatient treatment center where they can receive the help they need in a controlled environment. 

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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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