Heroin addiction is one of the most devastating conditions that anyone could ever suffer from. It takes control of every facet of your life affecting your mind, body, spirit and family in negative ways that may even be unfathomable, but there is help for those who suffer from heroin addiction. Rehab centers provide a safe place for patients to detox, receive psychological counseling and therapy and heal both physical and emotionally from the pain caused by heroin addiction. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, call 1-888-460-6556 to speak with a treatment specialist about the options and help that is available to you.
Effects of Heroin Addiction
It is said that an individual becomes almost immediately addicted to heroin after just one use of the drug. This is because it produces a euphoric sensation within seconds of being injected into the bloodstream. The entire dose of heroin may last a period of 4 to 6 hours depending on the level of the tolerance for the user, the potency of the heroin and various other factors. Upon long term use of heroin, the effects tend to wear off within a few hours and another injects of the drug will be needed to replace the euphoric feeling.
Heroin is both physically and psychologically addicting which makes treatment a difficult and long term process. After using heroin for a period of three days, the individual is addicted to the drug and will feel moderate to severe physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms upon no longer using the drug.
Signs of Heroin Addiction
One of the most common signs of heroin addiction that can usually be spotted quite easily by others is track marks or needle marks on the hands, feet, arms or legs. For users who do not inject the drug, these marks will not be on the skin but for avid heroin abusers who regularly inject this dangerous drug into the muscle tissue or bloodstream, track marks quickly become a visible sign.
Other signs of heroin addiction include:
- Being really sleepy and then major alert and alternative between these two moods
- Depressed or shallow breathing
- Infections at the injection site (these may look like boils or worse)
- Small pupils like pinpoints
- Overlooking eyes that daze past and seem “lost”
- Lack of motivation
- Lack of interest in friends, family or the future
- Heavy or drooping arms or legs such as with a lack of energy
- Not showering, bathing or taking care of one’s self
- Being disoriented
Treatment for Heroin Addiction
If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, the most important thing to remember is that this is not the type of drug that an addict should abruptly stop using without being under close supervision by a medical team as heroin addiction and the withdrawals associated with not using the drug can be deadly. Rehab centers provide a safe place for patients to effectively and most of all, safely, detox from this dangerous condition and prepare for long term treatment. Various types of treatment methods and therapies can be used to provide you with the foundation for a safe and successful recovery from heroin addiction.