An estimated 16 million people in the world are on some form of opiate. About 11 million people use heroin, one of the purest and deadliest opiates in the world. In the United States, specifically in the north east, heroin use has become an epidemic not only among adults but our teenagers and children too. Heroin accounts for more overdose deaths than any other street drug. Heroin is either snorted, smoked, or most common, injected by using a needle or syringe. Below are some of the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse:
- Constricted Pupils- Blacks of the eyes appear like pinholes
- “Nodding Off”- Sudden alertness suddenly turns into the abuser just “nodding off” or appearing to fall asleep.
- Finding Needles or Syringes
- Burned Spoons- The addict uses the heroin and water in a spoon, heats it up, for preparation to put into their needle.
- Burned Aluminum Foil- Heroin is burned in the foil and the fumes that come off the aluminum foil are smoked.
- Legal Issues-Because of being so highly addictive and expensive an addict will go to any means to obtain heroin. DUI, theft charges, prostitution, and missing money and valuables at home are some legal problems.
- Long Pants and Long Sleeves- Even when it’s warm out, heroin addicts wear long sleeves and pants to cover up their “track marks” or needle marks.
Treatment for Heroin Abuse
When an addict is coming off heroin, severe withdrawal symptoms will take place. Vomiting and diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability will begin to happen. These symptoms can start to happen within hours of their last dose of heroin. The severity of heroin withdrawal without proper treatment is the number one reason the addict relapses. This is why getting into a heroin rehab or heroin treatment center immediately is of the utmost importance. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers we have been treating heroin addiction since 1972. You will have a closely monitored full medical detox coupled with a 28 day treatment program focusing on relapse prevention.
If you, a loved one, a co-worker, or anyone else would like to stop using heroin and find they can’t do it on their own, the first step has been taken. From your first phone call to our admissions staff Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person suffering from heroin addiction. For adults with a heroin problem, you will be admitted to Clearbrook Manor. The facility is used for the treatment of adults 18 years and older. Please click HERE to learn more about Clearbrook Manor.
For teenagers or adolescents, you will be admitted to Clearbrook Lodge. The Lodge is designed for the treatment of teenagers only. Please click HERE to learn more about Clearbrook Lodge.