Heroin Addiction Treatment
Heroin has made a comeback in recent years. Every day, we hear news reports of another heroin bust or of someone dying from a heroin overdose. Many are now referring to heroin addiction as the worst health crisis of the last 100 years. It has a deathlike hold over this country and the epidemic doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon.
Heroin is cheap and it gives the user a powerful high. Many heroin addicts initially do not start with heroin. 8 out of every 10 heroin abusers begin their use with prescription opiates, which is either given to them by a doctor after surgery or bought on the street. Many people who’ve abused opiates and prescription painkillers will turn to heroin after the money runs out for pain pills, because the cost is substantially cheaper for a more intense high. Once you become addicted to heroin, it is very difficult to stop on your own. Most need to seek out the help of heroin addiction treatment professionals at a drug and alcohol rehab.
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. When heroin enters the brain, it binds to opioid receptors, which are responsible for many things: the way a person perceives pain, the functionality of blood pressure and respiration, a person’s mood, and levels of alertness. Dopamine, which has been dubbed the “feel-good receptor,” is increased when heroin is used. Signs of heroin abuse include:
- Constricted or small pupils– Also known as pinned eyes. This happens even when the user is not in the sun or light.
- Raspiness or harshness in voice– The individual sounds groggy or sick when they speak.
- Bags under the eyes and paleness in skin– This occurs because of the lack of nutrition, as well as the decrease in blood pressure. When this happens, it affects the blood supply, causing dark circles under the eyes.
- Sudden changes in behavior– The user goes from being alert to falling asleep or nodding off. Furthermore, heroin users can have mood swings. Usually they are happier and even more sociable when they are under the influence; sometimes they may even have strange bursts of energy and motivation, even in the middle of the night.
- Disorientation – Person appears confused, has slurred speech or even clumsy
- Itching of the skin/rubbing of the face & nose– One of the most prevalent side effects of heroin and opiates is itchy skin, especially on the face.
- Track marks– The user has visible needle marks, many times surrounded by bruising. As the individual progresses through their heroin addiction, they may even form skin infections or abscesses.
- Long sleeve shirts/pants– User will wear heavier clothing to hide needle marks, bruises and abscesses. If this occurs in warm weather, it may be a clear indication that the person is hiding something.
- Increase in acne and/or pockmarks on face.– Heroin and other opiates can cause an increase in acne. Users tend to pop/pick at these blemishes, leaving scabs and scars behind.
- Weight loss– An individual suddenly appears thinner and/or underweight. Their features can be described as gaunt-like or malnourished.
COMMON STREET NAMES FOR HEROIN INCLUDE:
- China White
PHYSICAL WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR LOVED ONE IS ABUSING HEROIN
- Finding needles that are not used for medical purposes.
- Burned and bent spoons. Heroin users that inject their substance, typically use metal spoons to cook down and mix heroin into a liquid form. They may also use the top to a water bottle or soda bottle for mixing purposes.
- Aluminum foil, straws, or gum wrappers with burn marks. These forms of paraphernalia are used for snorting and smoking heroin.
- Small wax paper bags with a white or beige powdery residue inside of them. Many times, these baggies have a unique symbol, lettering, or stamp on them.
- Burn holes in clothing, blankets and furniture. Users refer to this as “nod holes.”
- Empty or half empty water bottles around the house or in the car.
Why Going to Drug Rehab is Best for Treating Heroin Addiction
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, restless legs, body chills and/or sweating and irritability. While these symptoms do not necessarily threaten the user’s life, the severity of heroin withdrawal without proper medical treatment is the number one cause of relapse. 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 chemical dependency since 1972. Our heroin addiction treatment program has been helping patients to safely stop using for more than 45 years. Our inpatient center will help the addict build the foundations of sobriety and help them develop habits that make it possible to move forward from the heroin addiction.
Clearbrook’s Heroin Addiction Treatment Program
Upon admission to our state-of-the-art detox center, you will be assessed by our doctors and other medical staff. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, you will have a closely monitored, full medical detox regiment, which will relieve many of the withdrawal symptoms.
Once you have completed detoxification, you will then follow a customized heroin addiction treatment program which focuses on one-on-one counseling with your primary therapist, group therapy, 12-step philosophy and meetings, relapse prevention, and family educational programs.
During the course of your treatment stay, our clinical team will be working closely with you and your support system to devise the appropriate aftercare plan that best suits your needs. This step is crucial in the early recovery process. A well thought out aftercare program will increase your chances of continued sobriety.
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.