Heroin has made a comeback in recent years. Every day, we hear news reports of another heroin bust or of someone losing their lives because of the drug. It has a deathlike hold over this country and the epidemic doesn’t look like it’s slowing down.
Heroin is cheap and a gives a powerful high. Many people who’ve abused opiates and prescription painkillers will turn to heroin after the money runs out for pain pills. And once you become addicted, it’s hard to let go.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse?
Heroin produces a state of relaxation and euphoria, thanks to changing chemicals in the pleasure centers of the brain. Just like any other opiate, heroin blocks the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Some of the more common signs of heroin abuse are:
- Constricted or small pupils
- Sudden changes in behavior, such as the user going from being alert to falling asleep or “nodding off”
- Dry mouth
Although the above symptoms can be for any type of drug or alcohol abuse, there are a few signs specific to a heroin user, such as:
- Finding needles or syringes that are not used for other medical purposes
- Burned spoons
- Aluminum foil, straws, or gum wrappers with burn marks
- Small plastic bags with a white powdery residue
Why Going to Drug Rehab is Best for Heroin Addiction Treatment
When an addict is coming off heroin, severe withdrawal symptoms will take place. Within hours of a user’s last dose of heroin, he/she could feel such symptoms as vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, anxiety, and irritability. These symptoms can be so severe that it could threaten the user’s life. The severity of heroin withdrawal without proper medical treatment is the number one reason the addict relapses. This is why getting into a heroin addiction treatment program immediately is of the utmost importance.
At the drug and alcohol rehab Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we have been treating heroin addiction since 1972. Our heroin detox has been helping patients to safely stop using for more than 40 years now, while our inpatient center will help the addict build the foundation and instill the habits to move forward from heroin addiction.
Clearbrook’s Heroin Addiction Treatment Program
You will have a closely monitored, full medical detox which will relieve many of the withdrawal symptoms. Once you completed detoxification, you will then follow a customized 28-day inpatient program with focuses on counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention, and family educational programs. And once you are ready to start your new sober life, we’ll make sure you have the proper aftercare programs in place to help you with your recovery and makes sure the risk of relapse is low.
Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions regarding our heroin rehab and how we can best serve you.
You are not alone, and help is available. Contact us today to learn more. Now accepting patients from anywhere in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.