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Heroin Abuse Treatment

Heroin constitutes one of the most dangerous and addictive mood-altering substances known to man.  The mortality rate associated with heroin use is exceptionally high.  Anyone using heroin is putting their life at risk each and every time they use the drug.

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If you’re concerned about a loved one who seems to be abusing heroin, contact us immediately.   One issue with heroin abuse is user is seldom honest about the substances they are abusing.

It may come down to being a detective and figuring out what drug your loved one is abusing by tracking down the signs of heroin use.  If you’re trying to help someone you suspect is using heroin, you have come to the right place to find the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse.


Heroin Health Risks:

  • Lung damage
  • A danger to the heart
  • Inability to think
  • Kidney failure
  • Skin infections from unsafe needle practices
  • Changes brain chemistry forever

Heroin is a fast-acting opiate.  When injected, there is a surge of euphoria that arrives within seconds.  Those using the drug other ways may not feel the rush as powerful as the needle.  

The user will get a dry mouth and his or her skin will flush.  The user’s pupils will be constricted (get pinpoint small).  They will feel heavy, warm and may fade in and out of consciousness.  Heroin users may nod off suddenly.  Breathing will be shallow and slowed.  

When awake, the person’s thinking will be unclear and erratic.  They will tend to lose some of their memory or blacked out when high.  They will be angry and short tempered.  Their decision-making and self-control are likely to deteriorate.

Other signs of heroin use are itching, nausea and vomiting.  Another sign of heroin use is constipation often suffered by opiate abusers.  The regular addict of this drug may look for laxatives.  They may experience skin infections, or other kinds of infections, and a lowered immunity to illness.

The user’s pain will be suppressed, which is not surprising because opiates are used for pain relief.  Heroin use can also include spontaneous abortion in a pregnant woman.

USA Addiction wants to help you every step of the way when finding a substance abuse treatment program.  We work with national and state accredited addiction treatment centers that provide evidence based treatment and multiple treatment tracks.

We take pride in finding the perfect substance abuse treatment program for each individual that contacts us.  We take an in-depth look at your situation and formulate with you a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs.

Addiction to Heroin Requires Help to Escape

One of the many sad things about heroin addiction is that the addict himself or herself is seldom aware of the damage being done to his or her life.  They will often begin to neglect their own needs.  Obtaining heroin is the most important thing.  Everything else falls wayside.   They may not eat properly and may look haggard if heroin abuse is prolonged or heavy.

Some heroin addicts may ask for help, but the majority fear the pain and sickness of withdrawal.  It is often up to the family members to rescue the heroin-addicted person and get him or her into treatment.  Knowing the signs of heroin use you can detect the addiction and begin to make arrangements for rehabilitation.  An addict may try to conceal symptoms of heroin use by wearing long-sleeved clothing to cover needle marks.  The family must refuse to accept the lies, manipulations and omissions of the truth to help the person arrive at rehab.

Quite commonly, a lot of the heroin addicts we help started off taking prescription pain pills or snorting powder heroin and then moved on to injecting in order to try to achieve a more intense high.  If you are a heroin addict who does not presently inject,understand you are not better off than IV users.  In fact, a lot of those who do not inject are actually at more risk because they delude themselves into thinking their method of heroin use (snorting or smoking) is in some way safer than injecting, therefore they are much less careful with dosages.  Let us be very clear: There is no “safe” route to take heroin. Our experience shows that if you aren’t injecting now, it means you haven’t started YET.

In recent years, as you are probably well aware, a medication called Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Buprenex, Temgesic, etc) has gained popularity.   It was devised in response to the horrible withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin and other opioid abuse.  These medications are themselves weaker opioids which will prevent you from going into full-on withdrawall, but also will not get you as high as heroin.  We believe these medications have efficacy as detox medications and our physicians are willing to oversee your use of them as a means of short-term detox.  Do not believe that these medications constitute a long-term solution to your addiction to heroin.

Heroin constitutes one of the most dangerous and addictive mood-altering substances known to man.  The mortality rate associated with heroin use is exceptionally high and you are putting your life at risk every time you use the drug.

Your Addiction Has Gone On Long Enough.

We are committed to give Biopsychosocial services to your loved ones and show them the way to a healthy recovery.  Our intervention services work.   We provide lifetime support.

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The types of services offered by substance abuse help centers vary. Some offer limited services, while others can be considered luxury rehab facilities. Although you want to enter substance abuse treatment as soon as possible, it is important to take some time to choose the treatment center that is right for you. The right facility will help you achieve sobriety while the wrong one may not produce the desired results. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help you find the best treatment facility.
  • How far do you have to travel to get to the treatment facility?
  • Do you require special accommodations for a disability?
  • What type of services does the facility offer?
  • How long would you be required to stay at the center if you elect for inpatient treatment?
  • Are friends and family allowed to visit?
  • What is the fee for services? What payment methods does the center accept?
  • Do you prefer a facility that caters to your religious beliefs?
  • What programs are required as part of your treatment?
  • Does the center offer referrals to other services after treatment?
  • Will the center help you transition to an addiction support group?

It is essential to thoroughly research the rehab facility before beginning treatment. While most facilities are reputable and provide assistance, there are some facilities that have a poor track record or use unproven methods of treatment. Use the Internet to find reviews of the center and learn about the quality of care you can expect to receive. It is normal for any business to have a few negative reviews, however, it is best to avoid treatment facilities that do not have a clear track record of success.

You should also check the reputation of the treatment specialist. If the person provides medical or mental health services, they should be licensed. This can usually be checked online at the licensing website of the state where the person is practicing. However, you may need to call the state department that handles this type of licensing for information about a doctor or clinician.

A treatment facility should have their staff posted for all to see.  In house medical doctors, Master level and PhD level therapists are important.  A robust and well rounded clinical staff is worth its weight in gold.  If a facility does not have a clinical staff of the website, this is a red flag and more research should be done on the reputability of the facility.

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