Unfortunately, heroin addiction is on the rise in the United States. This is partly due to an inadvertent consequence of certain new governmental policies designed to combat the opioid crisis. Most states have passed laws to help tightly restrict the prescribing and supply of prescription opioid drugs. When people are trapped in the pit of opioid drug addiction, they will do almost anything to get their drug of choice.
This includes substituting heroin for their usual prescription drug if it’s no
longer available to them. Many current heroin users are also former prescription opioid users. Black market heroin is plentiful, strong, cheap and easily available just about anywhere.
Signs of Heroin Addiction
If you suspect that someone you love is addicted to heroin, you will want to inform yourself of the signs as soon as possible. The signs of heroin addiction include the following:
● Needle marks located near a vein,
● Withdrawal symptoms when the drug isn’t available,
● Loss of a job,
● Waning interest in family, hobbies and friends,
● Lack of basic grooming,
● Wearing long sleeves and pants in hot weather,
● Always being broke,
● Things of value are disappearing, and
● Pinpoint pupils.
This drug causes constipation in almost everyone who uses it. That’s because heroin acts on special opioid receptor sites in the intestines. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, sweating and itching, but these tend to disappear with continued drug use. Like all opioids, it can kill by depressing the brain’s breathing center. This effect can be reversed by rescue antidote drugs like naloxone, also known as Narcan. If administered in time, Narcan saves lives.
Dangers of Injecting Heroin
Injection of heroin is very dangerous for other reasons, too. Because it is not sterile, it contains bacteria. Bacteria injected into a vein can cause endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of the heart valves. The bacteria can cause septicemia, an infection of the bloodstream. If left untreated, this condition is often fatal.
Much of the nation’s heroin supply contains fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid at least 30 times stronger than heroin. Dealers add fentanyl to augment both effect and profit. Many heroin users have died because they didn’t realize that what they thought was their usual dose actually contained a fatal amount of fentanyl. There is no way to tell just by looking if this drug is there or not. Depending upon the user’s tolerance level, as little as two to three milligrams can kill. This is about the same as a few grains of salt or sugar.
The first step to recovering from heroin addiction is through clinical treatment. Modern detox methods will greatly help to relieve the anxiety, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, diarrhea, sweating, hot and cold flashes, depression, joint, muscle and bone pain and restless leg syndrome associated with heroin withdrawal.
Detox medications include:
● Muscle relaxants,
● Tranquilizers, and
● Beta blockers like clonidine.
Depending on your needs, these medications will bring you through the withdrawal process with minimum discomfort. Medical experts then gradually reduce the doses as you begin your counseling and addiction treatment services.
After going through the clinical detox of heroin addiction and being cleared by a physician, help is available. We would like to help you with your addiction recovery. Our center offers programs that give you the tools you will need to maintain your sobriety. We want to help you avoid relapse in the long term so you can be “Recovered for Life” — the goal of all of our programs at Any Length Retreat and our Sober Living homes.
Why Heroin Addiction Is Difficult to Overcome On Your Own
Heroin is an opiate that comes from opium poppy, a flower located in various parts of the world. It is one of the most addicting drugs that exists today. With nearly 16,000 overdose-related deaths in 2017, and the number steadily climbing, it’s apparent that heroin is a very deadly drug.
Many addicts have at one point thought: “I could try this once and not get addicted.” However, with their first experience with heroin, they may find it nearly impossible to turn back. The reason for this is due to the flood of dopamine that occurs in the brain when using heroin. This rush many might say is the most blissful and euphoric feeling that you could possibly experience.
After associating this feeling with repeated use, not only does a severe habit form, but the brain also begins to respond differently. It begins to greatly exhaust itself and dampen the response from the dopamine you feel from heroin. This, in turn, causes users to repeatedly return back to the drug. As a result, more heroin is required in order to feel anything similar to the first high that was felt.
Furthermore, because of the constant surges of dopamine being released into the brain it makes it near impossible to feel any sort of pleasure that you might have been used to. Heroin addicts have a hard time feeling any sort of satisfaction from even the things that they used to enjoy.
Heroin Addiction Rehab
At Any Length Retreat, we are a heroin addiction rehab dedicated to helping you overcome your addiction. As you know, those who use heroin for extended amounts of time find that it becomes harder and harder to disassociate themselves from the drug. This has a tremendous negative impact on other aspects of life such as relationships, employment, and recreational activities.
A number of addicts would describe heroin addiction as something that is bittersweet to them. Even under the influence and having that sense of tranquility from heroin, it’s still a major realization that life has become unmanageable. The constant feeling of helplessness from heroin addiction is emotionally exhausting. When pairing this feeling with withdrawal symptoms from heroin use, it can certainly feel like the world is ending. But there is still hope.
How Any Length Can Help You Overcome Your Addiction
At Any Length, our team is here to help you with the process of withdrawl from heroin addiction. Withdrawals from sustained use are another reason why a heroin addict chooses to return back to the drug endlessly. The extreme feeling of discomfort and being “dope sick” is something that is difficult to withstand for any period of time.
Some of the many symptoms of withdrawl include:
- Cold sweats,
- Muscle spasms,
- Agitation, and
- Pain throughout the body.
For a true heroin addict, we recommended that this person seeks help through a treatment center. This will empower them to come clean and return back to a life that they desire to live. It’s important to understand and know that it is possible to recover from heroin addiction — that there is hope. Any Length Retreat wants to help you overcome your addiction. Call us at (512) 598-9968 to receive information about our heroin addiction programs.