Heroin is a substance that is a highly addictive drug derived from morphine. It is a narcotic often used illicitly that produces an extreme euphoria for the user. Most of the time when we see the abuse of heroin, it starts as an opiate addiction that has manifested into heroin because of the price and availability compared to prescription pills. When using heroin, the high is intense and instantly gratifying, these characteristics are what make the drug so addictive.
Signs of Heroin Addiction:
- Slurred speech
- Small pupils
- Nausea/ vomiting
- Slowed breathing or shallow breathing
- Nodding out
- Flushed skin or itching
- Increased pain tolerance
- Finding paraphernalia such as spoons, metal pipes, belts, or rubber tubing
- Money or items missing from the home
- Increased sleeping
- Frequent flu-like symptoms and muscle aches
When people are using or abusing you can see physical signs, starting with the appearance. Heroin takes the life out of a person overtime. Eventually, a person will look frail and thin with sunken in cheeks and open sores on their body from the effects of heroin.
Dangers of Heroin Abuse & Addiction
Heroin addiction and abuse is the epidemic of our generation and affects people of all race, background, and class. Opiate related deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The death toll per year of opiate overdoses resulting in death, has recently taken the lead to vehicular collisions. Every 19 minutes someone is losing their life to this deadly drug.
Overdose and death are not the only worry for those using heroin. Injecting the drug puts users at high risks of contracting diseases through blood and bodily fluids, HIV and hepatitis C are among the common diseases we see transmitted through sharing needles.
Banyan Treatment Center’s Heroin Addiction Treatment
Recovery from heroin starts with medical treatment to safely and comfortably detox from heroin. It is crucial that detox from heroin is medically supervised because it is one of the most traumatic drug detoxes. There are many uncomfortable aspects of detoxing, it is important to continue in an individualized treatment program because it is essential to begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction.
A heroin addiction treatment plan comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, aftercare programs and so much more. Banyan Treatment Center’s goals are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth, we feel the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with heroin addiction or abuse, help is just a phone call away. Call Banyan Treatment Center now, we are here to help: (888) 781-9297.