People are asking – what is heroin addiction?
If you’re struggling with Heroin Addiction, it can feel like there is no way out. Heroin is a growing problem, especially due to the increasing cases of prescription drug abuse. Many people who are using heroin right now started out by taking prescription opiate painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
A person caught in the grip of heroin addiction will not only experience physical issues as a result of their using they will also experience consequences financially legally and emotionally.
Heroin produces a euphoric high and some people report feeling addicted to that high from their very first use. How can this happen? The drug triggers change in brain chemistry that creates a feeling of intense well-being, but at the same time dulls the sense of pleasure one would get from normal activities. In other words, heroin seems to become the only thing that makes you happy.
The other side of heroin addiction is physical. Heroin produces a physical dependence that is powerful and difficult to overcome. When a user abruptly stops using heroin, he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms as they detox. These symptoms are unpleasant and may start as soon as 8 hours after the last dose.
Signs and symptoms of Heroin addiction
If you suspect that you or someone you love is using heroin, there are some signs that you can look for. People who use heroin often appear sleepy and lethargic, and may fall asleep at odd times. This is known as “nodding out.” Because heroin quickly takes over a person’s life you may find that your loved one has withdrawn from you and is no longer enjoy activities they normally enjoy.
Financial problems are another tipoff that something is wrong. If you notice that your loved one is not able to pay their bills, is borrowing money, or is stealing money, then there may be a problem. People who are addicted to heroin will have difficulty maintaining responsibilities such as work, school, and parenting. This may take longer for some than others, but it will eventually become a problem. Addiction is progressive, and problems continue to get worse.
Physically you may notice that your loved one has gotten pale, has dark circles under their eyes and is neglecting their hygiene. There may be weight loss as well. Other evidence may include track marks commonly found on the arms. If you notice that your loved one is wearing long sleeves even in warm weather and you already suspect there is a problem, this is another red flag.
If you are the one using heroin and you wonder if you have a problem, it is important to understand that heroin is so powerfully addictive a person cannot recreationally use the drug for long before becoming addicted. The first symptom of addiction is tolerance. Tolerance happens when it takes more of the drug to produce the same effect. If you find that you are taking more of the drug than you used to, or that you are taking it more often, this is a sign that tolerance has taken place.
While you may not experience negative consequences from your heroin use right away, anytime you use it you are taking a huge risk with your health and bringing yourself closer to an addiction that you cannot control.
How to Get Help for Heroin Addiction
If you are struggling with heroin addiction and are ready to get help treatment is the most effective way to get clean and sober. Getting help here at Dedicato Treatment Center is the ideal way to heal both your body and mind and learn the coping skills necessary to remain free from heroin addiction for the long term. When you enter treatment, it is important that you complete the detox process. Opiates cause physical dependence in addition to psychological addiction. In order to begin the recovery process, it is important that the drugs be out of your system.
Fear of withdrawal symptoms is a common barrier to treatment. Physical withdrawal from heroin is very uncomfortable. Entering a medical detox center before coming into treatment or utilizing our detox services here at Dedicato Treatment Center can help you detox from heroin addiction safely and comfortably.
Once you have completed the detox process you will receive individual and group counseling, and you will also learn about addiction, what are its underlying causes, and how to cope with triggers and cravings. You will also learn healthier behaviors.