Heroin Addiction and Treatment

Are you ready to stop abusing heroin? Then you must surrender to the need for help because kicking your habit is not something you can do alone. Battling what you might know as “China White,” “Smack,” or “H,” is going to take time, courage, faith, and specialized addiction treatment. That’s because heroin is one of the world’s most powerful and dangerous drugs.

The opioid is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian opium poppy plant. You may have injected, inhaled, or smoked it in the form of a white or brown powder. Or maybe you’re more familiar with the black sticky substance known as “Black Tar Heroin?” There are many ways to take heroin, but the result is the same – a strong “feel-good” chemical hook and production of endorphins in your brain that you crave to the point of addiction.

Don’t try to stop without help because it won’t be easy. If you call us, we can match you with one of the best rehab facilities in the country where a range of treatments, including behavioral therapies and medications, will help you stop using heroin and return to a stable and productive life.

Heroin Addiction and Abuse

What caused you to become fixated on heroin and why can’t you stop? It is the illusion of control, comfort, and tranquility that heroin gives you. It is that struggle to manage your pain or discomfort. Some experts agree that all human beings have a deep need to bond and form a connection. That is how we get our satisfaction and self-worth.

Do you struggle to connect with someone or something? If so, that might be a reason why you bonded with heroin. Maybe you’re just trying to fit in or you want to escape and relax. Perhaps what started out as an experiment turned into a dependency. Your reasons don’t make you a bad person. You’re just fighting a disease.

This disease is triggered by changes in your brain’s chemistry that regulates reward, memory, learning, stress responsibility, hormonal response, as well as executive function, which is involved in your ability to say yes or no. If you are like most heroin abusers, you probably do not know who you are anymore. It is possible to feel like yourself again if you commit to getting help.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin

Some of the most common heroin addiction signs include contracted pupils, needle marks, no light response in the pupils, unusual sleeping habits, vomiting, sweating, sniffing, coughing, appetite loss and twitching. These are specific to this type of addiction. If you experience these signs, you may want to seek out treatment for a heroin addiction. However, there are many other signs which may be noticed as well.

According to Indian Health Service, physical signs of a heroin addiction may occur in addition to the ones mentioned above. You may experience weight loss or gain. You may have bloodshot eyes, negative changes in your physical appearance, runny nose, impaired coordination, strange odors, slurring of speech or tremors. These signs of the addiction are often very noticeable to others.

If you have a heroin addiction, you may also suffer from behavioral signs as well. You may have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, engage in risky or secretive behaviors, experience legal issues, neglect work or family responsibilities, change who you are hanging out with, have financial issues, steal from loved ones or from stores, or use while driving. You might lose control over using drugs due to higher drug tolerance. You may even stop doing enjoyable hobbies because you are using drugs.

As difficult as it may be to face your problems, the consequences of using heroin are far worse than the problem you are trying to solve. Your heroin abuse can lead to liver disease, heart ailments, blood pressure issues, pulmonary problems, weight loss, and collapsed veins. Your risk of infection is higher, especially if you inject heroin with shared needles. Both AIDS and Hepatitis C are contracted via sharing needles.

You may be trying to make it through life with the least amount of pain and the greatest amount of pleasure possible. Those feelings are completely natural, but the kind of rush you’ve been chasing is temporary, and its wreaking havoc on your body and your mind.

Seeking and abusing heroin might become your primary purpose in life. That is the keystone of addiction. You may think if you have control of your disease, but if you think about it all the time, lost interest in things or people you once loved or go to extraordinary lengths to obtain the drug, then you are addicted. This behavior results in serious, harmful symptoms, or even death.

Side Effects of Heroin

Short-Term Effects of Heroin

  • A “rush” accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy feeling in the extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe itching
  • Drowsiness
  • Heart function and breathing slows, which can lead to coma and permanent brain damage

Long-Term Effects of Heroin

  • Tolerance – more of the drug is required to achieve the same effects
  • Withdrawal to include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, muscle spasms, and cold flashes
  • Continued cravings and relapse

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Overdose Symptoms of Heroin

In 2017, over 15,000 people died of an heroin overdose. If you supect someone is overdosing on heroin please call 911 right away.

Here are some symptoms of overdose:

  • Pale face
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Awake, but unable to talk
  • Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped
  • Unresponsive
  • Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic, or not there at all
  • Choking sounds
  • Vomiting
  • Body is very limp
  • Fingernails and lips turn blue or purplish black

Heroin Withdrawal and Treatment

You are considering treatment, so now is the time to act on it. But you’re scared. Acknowledge your fears, be positive, and most importantly, be honest with yourself. Make an argument why each one is not a reason to avoid rehab. Here are a few fears that may come across your mind:

  • Fear: Withdrawal is going to hurt and will be too hard: There will be a grief process that takes place when ending an addictive relationship, withdrawal symptoms, or both. You might feel edgy and nervous, or physically ill. These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days up to a few months. So, yes, it can be painful, but with our help, the process will be safer and easier to handle. We can help you choose a specialized treatment center where you will feel more comfortable during the withdrawal period. Our counselors will confirm you have the right to ask questions before you choose a rehab facility.
  • Fear: How do I know what will happen when I’m in Heroin drug rehab? Every experience is different, but we will help you find the heroin rehab treatment center that best matches your needs. Call us and simply ask us any questions that are on your mind. In one phone call, we can help you learn about the intake & detox process, activities available,  meal served, visitation rules, etc.
  • Fear: My life won’t be fun without heroin: This is your chance to be true to yourself and figure out who you are. You won’t know what you are capable of until you try. Think of recovery as an exciting time full of new experiences. You might discover activities that help you grow and develop as a person. These will be more fulfilling and long-lasting than heroin ever could be. Maybe you can find a job or go back to school? There are many ways to feel productive and have fun without drugs. In rehab, you will be surrounded by people that will teach you a new way to live, and how to feel capable and worthy of success.
  • Fear: What if I can’t stop using drugs because I have no willpower? Your recovery from heroin is about more than willpower. You’re up against a life-altering brain disease. You may feel guilty, and that you should be able to tackle heroin addiction on your own. If you attempt the white-knuckle, cold-turkey approach, unfortunately, it most likely will not work, and could even be dangerous. When you’re in recovery, you will discover that there are lots of people there who will help you. Many recovering addicts report that helping other patients helps them get clean. There is a well-known saying in recovery, “I can’t, but we can.” With our help, you will find the right heroin rehab center where you will learn good habits and sow a seed of willpower.
  • Fear: I will be alone: Your recovery from heroin is about more than willpower. You’re up against a life-altering brain disease. You may feel guilty, and that you should be able to tackle heroin addiction on your own. If you attempt the white-knuckle, cold-turkey approach, unfortunately, it most likely will not work, and could even be dangerous. When you’re in recovery, you will discover that there are lots of people there who will help you. Many recovering addicts report that helping other patients helps them get clean. There is a well-known saying in recovery, “I can’t, but we can.” With our help, you will find the right heroin rehab center where you will learn good habits and sow a seed of willpower.

Heroin Treatment and Rehab

Finding the right heroin rehab treatment center can be the difference between success and failure, and It starts with a phone call. A few options available are residential treatment options, detox support, a therapeutic community, and outpatient treatment. While the focus will be on your recovery from the addiction you also need to look in help and understanding to your friends and family.

Recovering from heroin addiction is hard, not just physically, but mentally. We understand the importance of connecting you with fully-trained staff members and licensed experts who can provide individually tailored care in a healthy and satisfying environment.

Rehab Treatment Process

  • Step 1: Intake – When you arrive at your facility you will be assessed by the medical professionals to determine your treatment through detox, as well as your rehabilitation program.
  • Step 2: Detox – After your assessment or intake you will be taken to your room where you can rest and be monitored while you go through the withdrawal of your drug use. Detox can range from 1 day to a week, depending on the drug of choice and the user.
  • Step 3: Rehab – After you finish detox you will be ready to begin your addiction treatment, which can range from a variety of different options. This is when you will be able to meet others, attend lectures, participate in group or individual counseling, and learn the tools you need to stay clean.
  • Step 4: Aftercare – When your time at the facility is over, you will have to go back to your life. This can be a challenge for a lot of people, but part of your treatment includes aftercare. This is usually outpatient counseling in a group or individualized setting, where you are slowly introduced back to your life and responsibilities

Addressing Heroin Addiction

You might not realize that denial is a dangerous part of your addiction. It is a defense mechanism that you, like most drug abusers, will need to overcome. Are you rationalizing your behavior and making excuses for why you use heroin? Maybe you’re withdrawing from your loved ones so you don’t have to talk about it. If you’re pretending like everything is fine while you’re busy hiding the damage your addiction is causing, it is time to get help.

Coming to Terms with Your Heroin Addiction>

Start your recovery by being honest about your addiction. Do you want to take care of yourself? Try to forget your shame and your fear, and think about what’s stopping you. When you feel like the whole world has turned against you and that no one cares about you, we are here to remind you that is not true. In one of our rehab treatment centers, you will learn how to recognize and break your addictive patterns of behavior, not just your addictive relationship with heroin.

Helping a Friend or Family Member Address Their Heroin Addiction

Does your loved one feel so bad that they are doing whatever they can to feel better? Even if it means hurting you, your friends, and your family? You may feel that it is too painful and emotionally dangerous to have a relationship with a heroin abuser.

As a result, you are unable to connect with your loved one. Luckily, there are a few ways to help.

  • Do educate yourself by learning more about addiction
  • Do hold an intervention. It is one of the most effective tools. Consider a professional interventionist
  • Do tell your loved one how their addiction affects everyone
  • Do support their treatment.
  • Don’t judge
  • Don’t enable your loved one by making idle threats. Stand firm
  • Don’t go in without a plan. This can sabotage your effort. A plan requires everything from inviting concerned family and friends to providing transportation directly to one of our rehab facilities

The Bottom Line: You Can Beat Drug Addiction

If you’ve reached this point it is hard to deny the fact that you’re serious about beating your addiction, and that is something to have pride in. Your life matters and there is no reason why you should allow a drug to dictate the rest of your life when help is available.

Remember, choosing to go into a rehab treatment center for drug abuse will help you rid yourself of the horrible side effects you’ve had to endure, extend your life span, and most importantly place you on track towards regaining you own life. So don’t fight addiction alone. Instead allow us to help you live the life you deserve to have.

Payment Options for Heroin Abuse Treatment

Now that you have made the decision to enter a heroin treatment facility, you are probably wondering how you are going to pay for your recovery. Calling your insurance provider to make sure they cover rehab is not something you should have to worry about. This is a lengthy process, but we are here from your first phone consultation to moment you enter a specialized heroin treatment program.

At Sunshine Behavioral Health we will work to find the best treatment for beating your addiction. We coordinate everything between your insurance provider and the treatment facility. Best of all, we do all of this for you at absolutely no cost to you. If you are serious about overcoming your heroin addiction once and for all, then call us. Our team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.

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