Heroin Addiction Treatment
Are you suffering from a debilitating heroin addiction? Does someone you love have a severe heroin addiction? If so, know you are not alone. We can help. We know what to look for when treating heroin dependency and we are waiting eagerly to assist you. Please call us at 800-426-1818 and let us help you or your loved one recover from the black hole that is heroin addiction.
There is no such thing as a social heroin user. If you have become aware of the use of heroin by someone you care about the need for treatment is critical. We at Muse use a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to treat heroin addiction. From consultation to discharge, you or your loved one will never have to travel this road alone. Our expertly trained treatment clinicians and medical professionals will be intensely involved in the process making sure that you or your loved one is taken care of. Heroin is a powerful opiate that is highly physically and psychologically addictive. It almost immediately hijacks the neurological receptors that control and regulate chemicals associate with happiness and joy. Soon, a user becomes physically addicted and when trying to stop will go through severely unpleasant withdrawal.
Things you need to know about heroin addiction
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive narcotic processed from morphine or opium, which is derived from poppy plants. While the compounds at the root of heroin are in naturally occurring poppy plants, the drug is completely unregulated and most often made with a variety of unknown impurities, many of which can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Unlike prescription medications containing opiates, which are regulated and created by pharmeceutical companies, heroin is created and obtained illicitly opening users to a host of other dangerous and potentially life threatening results.
Heroin can be injected, snorted or smoked making the typical physical symptoms difficult to identify and detect. While intravenous heroin users often have needle marks from injections, other effects and symptoms include:
Short term effects:
- Depressed respiration
- Clouded mental function
- Constricted pupils (while under the influence)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Suppression of pain
- Emotional irregularity (manic behavior)
- Flushed (red) skin
- Loss of appetite
Long term effects:
- Infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis, etc) as the result of shared needles
- Bacterial infections
- Abbscesses on the body and/or face
- Arthritis and other rheumatologic disorders
- Emotional irregularity (manic behavior)
Spot these signs of heroin use:
- Burnt spoons
- Small baggies (heroin residue may or may not be present)
- Dark, sticky residue on hands, clothes, surfaces, etc.
- Rubber tubing
- Small glass pipes
- Sticky residue
CHANGES IN BEHAVIOR
Anyone abusing heroin will likely have major changes to their behavior. You will notice a lethargic attitude when abusers are under the influence of heroin, and severe anxiety when they are not. Withdrawal from heroin is physiologically traumatic, and anyone abusing heroin will certainly exhibit symptoms of withdrawal from time to time. Other behavior changes include; dishonesty, stealing, criminal activity, and a singular focus on obtaining and using the drug. In social situations, heroin abusers will likely have to excuse themselves to the bathroom after a relatively short period of time so they can use the drug to regain their composure. Heroin abusers, due to their singular focus on heroin itself will very likely become unreliable. Abusers will have a difficult time making or keeping commitments. Abusers will also display many selfish and self-centered behaviors.
One of the most obvious symptoms of heroin abuse is weight loss. Any individual who has been abusing heroin for some time is certain to lose weight. Depending on the method of ingestion, be it intravenous, through the nasal cavity, or smoking, weight loss is inevitable. For abusers who are using heroin intravenously, abscesses, track marks, and scars on the skin in the hands, feet and arms are very common. When heroin is ingested in any form, the pupils become incredibly constricted and appear incredibly small. This is one of the most consistent symptoms of heroin use, and abusers will certainly exhibit this sign when intoxicated.
OVERALL DEMEANOR CHANGES
Generally speaking, individuals who are heroin abusers will have drastic changes to nearly all facets of their personalities. Unfortunately, as heroin is such a powerfully addictive substance, those who abuse heroin grow quickly dependent. This dependence causes many shifts in behavior and personality and it is not difficult to identify such changes. Heroin abusers who become dependent begin to arrange their entire lives around obtaining and using the drug and all other commitments and obligations fall to the wayside. The loved ones of heroin abusers are often easily able to spot this shift because it tends to happen so quickly. The grip of heroin is strong and relentless and those who abuse it become prisoners to its grasp almost immediately. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms it is advisable to seek the assistance of a professional immediately.
Our medical professionals have vast experience in treating drug withdrawal and can help you or your loved one safely navigate heroin detox and treatment. There are also a variety of medical issues that can occur as the result of intravenous heroin use. It is imperative if you or someone you care about is struggling with heroin addiction that you seek help right away.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a heroin addiction, please call us and let us help 800-426-1818
Our treatment staff is comprised of experienced, trained, and highly skilled clinicians and medical professionals who cater specifically to the treatment and detox of heroin addiction. At Muse our team can and will educate you and your loved one about the dangers of heroin addiction and help you take the first steps toward recovery and a new life. Heroin is a terrifying drug that takes control of those who use it almost immediately. It should be treated with as much urgency as possible and we know how to do that. You and your loved ones don’t have to live with this despair any longer. Call us now at 800-426-1818 and let’s start the road to recovery together. You don’t have to do this alone. We are here to help and get you on the path so you too can have your new start.
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