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Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in existence. It’s also illegal and dangerous, so its use should be avoided at all costs. But if you are addicted to heroin, it may be time to seek out medical help so you can explore other options for managing your pain or emotional difficulties without having to resort to the use of heroin. The severity of addiction varies depending on how much someone uses, how often they use, and their genetic predisposition (for example, some people are more likely than others to become addicted). Heroin’s withdrawal symptoms include muscle aches; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; insomnia; runny nose; watery eyes; uncontrollable shaking (tremors); severe cravings for heroine (signs of potential relapse); yawning; fever; chills or sweating. If you are addicted to heroin, the withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that they are often compared to a strong case of flu, but because the drug is illegal and unregulated, there is no way of knowing what types of additives an individual dose can contain aside from the unpredictable strength.

Heroin is a highly addictive substance that when used will result in cravings and withdrawal symptoms when not using. The cravings and withdrawal symptoms will usually cause a person using heroin to continue using the drug despite their life being negatively impacted. There is also a risk of overdose when using heroin, and it can be fatal if not treated immediately.

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Someone who abuses heroin may begin to isolate themselves from their family and friends. They may also display signs of euphoria, sweating, nausea, itchiness, vomiting, and lack of coordination. When someone who has become dependent on heroin stops using the drug all at once or severely reduces their dosage they will experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, cold sweats, and irritability. 

Heroin is typically injected or snorted (though some may smoke or inhale the powder). Using a needle to inject heroin directly into the bloodstream can cause scarring, collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses including pericarditis which is an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. Sharing needles or other injection supplies can also expose someone to diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

In 2015, more than 13,000 people died in the United States due to opioid overdose. This is compared with just over 8,200 in 2010. In the United Kingdom, between 2016 and 2017 deaths from heroin or morphine overdoses more than quadrupled.

Heroin’s withdrawal symptoms include muscle aches; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; insomnia; runny nose; watery eyes; uncontrollable shaking (tremors); severe cravings for heroine (signs of potential relapse); yawning; fever

If you are addicted to heroin, the withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that they are often compared to a strong case of flu, but because the drug is illegal and unregulated, there is no way of knowing what types of additives an individual dose can contain aside from the unpredictable strength.

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Treatment Options for Heroin Addiction

If you’re ready to seek treatment for your addiction there are several options you can explore. You can start by speaking to one of our trained addiction professionals to find out if there are any options they may be able to recommend depending on your personal situation.

Another option is to attend a local Narcotics Anonymous meeting where you can speak one-on-one with others who have been through similar experiences and receive encouragement from people who understand what you’re going through. If this route appeals to you, there is usually an NA meeting near you that happens regularly, so all you need to do is search for the nearest chapter in your area. You can also seek treatment at rehab center or private drug addiction outpatient center. Some rehab centers require a medical detox before receiving continued treatment, which will help with withdrawal symptoms.

In order for your treatment plan to be successful, it is important that you commit fully to the process of recovery and follow all treatment directions. Over time, your cravings for heroin will naturally start to wane as your body adjusts and adapts without having the drug in its system anymore, until eventually they disappear completely. While in treatment you may have access to medication-assisted therapy with methadone or buprenorphine that can help minimize cravings.

If you are ready to seek treatment for heroin addiction, there are several options available to you that can help you take control of your life again after recovering from an active addiction. Reach out to Road To Recovery Wellness Center to start the journey to a new way of life.

If you are suffering from the impacts of addiction, please give us a call. We care and we can help you get through. You dont have to travel this road alone.