Heroin addiction is a serious disease with destructive and life-threatening ramifications. It is important to seek professional help for addiction and not attempt to recover on your own. At Any Length Retreat, we treat a variety of substance use disorders and can help you successfully conquer your addiction. Contact us to get help today. You and your family deserve to have your lives back!
Heroin Addiction: Who Is At Risk?
Through movies and images in popular culture, many have come to believe heroin is a drug that only affects the lowest levels of society, but this could not be further from the truth. Heroin addiction does not discriminate and can affect anyone from any background. Like prescription painkillers (opioids), heroin binds to opioid receptors in the brain, directly affecting your pleasure and pain centers. With prolonged heroin use, the brain eventually stops producing the hormones that naturally fills these receptors and begins to rely on the drug to replace them. This explains the agonizing withdrawal symptoms people experience when they suddenly stop using heroin or a prescription painkiller. In order to avoid these symptoms, most people continue using, which is part of what perpetuates the cycle of addiction. Prescription painkillers and opioids have become the number one gateway to heroin addiction in recent years, as the NIH reports 80% of heroin addictions started with an addiction to their prescription pain medication. For many people, once their prescriptions expire they find themselves already hooked on their medications. With no access to more prescription painkillers, and unable to tolerate their withdrawal symptoms, they turn to illicit street drugs like heroin to quell their addictions.
Any Length Retreat in Austin, TX specializes in treatment programs for men with heroin addictions. Learn more about our facility and how we can help you or your loved one recover from substance use disorder.
Effects of Heroin on the Mind & Body
Heroin causes an immediate surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, the “feel good” chemical that gives the user their euphoric rush, or “high.” The rush is intense but usually short-lived. Once the drug wears off, dopamine levels plummet significantly, leaving the user depressed, anxious, and craving more.
Short term effects of heroin addiction include:
- Slower breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Back and forth states of consciousness/unconsciousness
- Confusion or cloudy thinking
- Lower body temperature
- Dry mouth and flushed, itchy skin
- Sedation and drowsiness
- Impaired judgment
Long term effects of heroin addiction include:
- collapsed veins for people who inject the drug
- damaged tissue inside the nose for people who sniff or snort it
- infection of the heart lining and valves
- abscesses (swollen tissue filled with pus)
- constipation and stomach cramping
- liver and kidney disease
- lung complications, including pneumonia
- mental disorders such as depression and antisocial personality disorder
- sexual dysfunction for men
When a person abuses heroin there are life-threatening risks involved. Heroin overdose rates continue to skyrocket in recent years, as the NIDA report heroin-related deaths increased more than sixfold between 2002 and 2018. Furthermore, a recent study in JAMA Psychiatry found that the greatest increase in heroin use between 2001 and 2015 occurred in white, middle class American males. The same study indicates that men are far more likely to overdose from heroin abuse, with death rates 4x greater than those of women.
If you or someone you love is struggling with heroin addiction, please do not wait to get help from Addiction Professionals. Contact Any Length Retreat today, free of charge, no commitment. Let’s just talk. We are here to help you.
Signs of Heroin Addiction
If someone in your life has a heroin addiction, the following signs may appear:
- Needing more of the drug to get the same effect (tolerance)
- Skin irritation and scarring due to constant itching and picking at the skin
- Unexplained weight loss and signs of malnutrition
- Periods of excessive energy, followed by very long periods of sleeping
- Withdrawal from friends, family, responsibilities, and activities
- Changes to appearance, lack of interest in hygiene
- Delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia
- Erratic mood swings, irritability, and hostility
- Intense, uncontrollable cravings for the drug
- Withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped
How to Help My Loved One Fight Heroin Addiction
It’s easy to feel helpless watching someone struggle with addiction to Heroin – especially if that someone is your husband, son, father, or best friend. It’s tempting to try and care for them yourself. You want to provide them with whatever love, support, or money will get them through this. You want to give them shelter and protect them from themselves. In truth, the cycle of addiction to Cocaine or Crack cannot be broken so easily, and it is important that your loved one seek professional help to overcome their substance use disorder.
At Any Length Retreat, we ensure that your loved one is guided safely and successfully through the various stages of treatment so they can overcome addiction and get a fresh start to life. Getting help for your loved one can be the greatest act of love. If you need assistance talking to your loved one about treatment, please reach out to us 24/7, free of charge, no commitment. We are here to help you!
Heroin is a highly addictive substance that typically cannot be stopped without professional substance use treatment. Men addicted to heroin who stop taking the drug can experience severe withdrawal symptoms that begin as early as a few hours after their last dose. These symptoms include depression, anxiety and panic attacks, agitation and many more that make it difficult for families to help and addicts to stay clean.
Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Withdrawal symptoms can be agonizing and are often the reason why people find it so difficult to stop using the drug. It is extremely important to seek help from professionals to overcome a heroin addiction safely and successfully. At Any Length Retreat we offer a number of treatment programs and therapies that focus on healing the whole individual – mind, body, and spirit. By treating the inherent causes of addiction rather than just their symptoms (trigger, cravings, etc.) men and their families achieve fundamental, lifelong recovery as well as a new freedom and a new purpose. We provide a number of prescription drug addiction treatments including:
- Residential Rehab
- 30 Day Intensive
- 60 Day
- 90 Day
- Individualized Treatment Plans
- 12 Step Facilitation
- Evidence-based Therapies
- Social Learning Therapy
- Community Involvement
- Group Therapy
- Fitness & Wellness
- Mindfulness & Meditation
The Highest-Rated Drug Rehab Center for Heroin in Austin, TX
If you or your loved one suffers from heroin addiction, please contact us today. We are here to help you 24/7, free of charge and no commitment. Our treatment programs are open to men of all ages, including teens, college students, young men, and adults. The best thing you can do for yourself or your loved one is reach out for help. Get on the path to your best life today with the highest-rated drug rehab for men in Central Texas. Our compassionate and supportive admissions staff is standing by to help you, day and night.
*Any Length Retreat is a supportive, educational recovery program and community. It is not a substitute for psychotherapy, clinical or medical treatment for substance use disorders or mental health disorders.