Heroin is a drug that is derived from the Asian poppy plant. A member of the opiate family, heroin is a very addicting and dangerous illicit drug. Individuals can become hooked on heroin after just one or two uses, causing the user to turn from a normal life to that of a drug addict. Treatment for heroin addiction consists of detox, rehab, and counseling. My Recovery Helper can provide help for individuals and families that are struggling with heroin addiction.
Heroin Use and Complications
It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on itAccording to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it. Heroin is a drug that can cause many complications for users. It is often injected into the vein, which over time can cause infections at the injection site, as well as necrosis of the tissue surrounding the injection. Because heroin addicts are often so desperate to get their drug, they may use dirty needles if that is what is available to them. HIV, hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases are commonly contracted by heroin addicts.
Heroin is a powerful drug, and overdoses are common. Many users are unaware of just what they are injecting when they use heroin, because this drug is sold in a pure form, as well as mixed with fillers such as chalk, flour, or talcum powder, or with other drugs like Fentanyl. When an individual uses heroin, they quickly experience a rush of euphoria. The drug numbs pain, and causes a tingling sensation and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, and itching. Overdose of heroin depresses respiration and slows the heart, leading to unconsciousness and death.
Signs of Heroin Abuse
Heroin addicts are known for their drug-seeking behavior. This drug is so powerful that individuals experience strong cravings for it, which leads them to lie, steal, and manipulate others to get their drug. Family members will also often notice a sudden change in behavior, sudden weight loss or gain, change in appearance, shakiness, and needle marks on the arms, legs, or between the toes.
- Drug paraphernalia like syringes and rubber tubing or glass pipes
- Runny nose
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Loss of appetite
- Hiding arms and legs
- Lying and stealing
- Increased demand for privacy
Because the signs of heroin use don’t often become apparent until after the person is already addicted, it is important for family and loved ones to take action quickly to get the person into treatment. If you have noticed any of these signs, give us a call at 1.844.867.6835
The Connection Between Heroin and Prescription Painkillers
Individuals can become hooked on heroin after just one or two uses, causing the user to turn from a normal life to that of a drug addictHeroin abuse has been linked in recent years to prescription painkiller addiction. Both a part of the opiate family, heroin and prescription painkillers have similar effects on the individual. There has been a huge spike in the number of individuals abusing prescription drugs in the past ten years, and as these drugs are now becoming more expensive to users and more difficult to obtain, more people are turning to heroin to satisfy their addiction than ever before.
Recovery from Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is a devastating disease that is not easy to overcome, and it certainly won’t go away on its own. In order to recover from heroin addiction, professional treatment is usually necessary.
The first step in heroin recovery is detox. During the withdrawal process, the individual will experience flu-like symptoms, achiness, shakes, and insomnia. The staff at My Recovery Helper work with detox facilities that provide medically supervised detox.. Medications are available to ease opiate withdrawal symptoms, but other, more natural methods, such as acupuncture and yoga, are also available.
Once detox is complete, the individual transitions to therapy and counseling. It is during this time that the individual must address all areas of their life that are out of balance that might be contributing to their desire to use. Therapists use a variety of methods to help individuals heal emotional wounds, replace unhealthy behaviors, and help patients learn how to live a healthy life.
Medical Management of Heroin Addiction
Medications such as methadone are often used in heroin treatment. This medication helps ease withdrawal symptoms and stops cravings, by acting as a heroin replacement, and it blocks the euphoric effects of heroin. However, many people begin to use opiate replacement drugs like methadone and become addicted to and dependent on these drugs. While many people learn to live and function while on methadone, many programs are now also helping individuals wean off these maintenance drugs as well.
Complete recovery from heroin addiction is possible. This drug does not have to take the lives it does, and it does not have to consume families any longer. If you or someone you care about is using heroin, don’t hesitate. Call 1.844.867.6835 today to find out how we can help.