How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Heroin Addiction

How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Heroin Addiction

How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. It’s also known as diamorphine, as it’s an opioid drug that is made from morphine. It is most commonly injected, which can lead to other health issues, such as AIDS and other infections, but is also snorted and smoked. Here at Artesian, we offer an IV amino acid therapy option to help our clients with their drug addiction. Leave heroin behind. Here is how amino acid therapy helps with heroin addiction.

How Amino Acid Therapy Helps With Heroin Addiction

How does heroin work?

Heroin enters the brain and latches onto proteins on nerve cells that are called receptors. The three main opioid receptors are mu, kappa and delta.

  • mu: This is the main “heroin receptor” and is the most abundant of the opioid receptors. It is directly responsible for heroin’s pleasurable effects, acute pain relief, physical dependence, and addiction.
  • kappa: This is responsible for heroin’s anxiolytic effects, trance-like states, physical dependence, and addiction.
  • delta: This receptor is responsible for heroin’s relief from persistent pain, reduction of gastrointestinal motility, and modulation of food.

After ingestion, heroin lasts for a few hours, with the high peaking after about 2 hours. The immediate effects experienced during this time are:

  • Euphoria
  • Pain Relief
  • Sedation
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Constipation
  • Cough Suppression

Strangely enough, heroin itself doesn’t actually affect the brain. It is considered a “pro-drug,” meaning by the time it reaches the brain, it has already split into two different drugs. The two drugs in question are what heroin comes from: morphine and 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM, for short).

When heroin is administered, it travels through the circulatory system and as soon as it hits blood, spontaneously metabolizes into 6-MAM. Any remaining heroin further metabolizes into morphine. 6-MAM then continues to metabolize into morphine as well and the morphine into M6G. Then M6G into another chemical and so on and so forth. These newly metabolized chemicals are classified as either inactive or active metabolites, which are what actually cause the drug effects. The inactive metabolites do nothing.

How do amino acids help?

Heroin mimics endorphins. When 6-MAM and morphine enter the brain and pretend to be neurotransmitters, the activate the opioid receptors that inhibit the release of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). Less GABA stimulates the release of dopamine.

  • d-phenylaline (DPA): This amino acid destroys the enzymes that break down endorphins so your brain can start producing them again. Once your brain can produce endorphins on its own, it won’t crave the fake endorphins from heroin. This means you will be able to experience natural highs, without the assistance of drugs.
  • L-Glutamine (L-G): L-G is the precursor to GABA. It is first converted into glutamic acid or glutamate, then GABA. Once you increase your GABA levels, your dopamine levels will, in turn, decrease the levels of dopamine in your brain. Too much dopamine is what causes paranoia disorders such as schizophrenia.

Do you have any questions about how amino acid therapy helps with heroin addiction? Let us know! If you or someone you know if struggling with an addiction, call us today at 855.981.2020.


Artesian Recovery & Wellness Centers, LLC is all about recovery that lasts. Our holistic approach is what sets us apart from traditional treatment centers.  A fresh start is a beautiful thing, so let us join you on your path to recovery.  Contact us today.

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