Addiction to heroin is a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use. Heroin addiction affects all aspects of one’s life including family, relationships, work, and health. People who use heroin often develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses. If heroin has become a problem for you or someone you love, read about the signs of heroin addiction, the effects of heroin addiction, and our specialized heroin treatment options.
Heroin addiction consists of both a physical and psychological dependency. Heroin is highly addictive and users experience an increased level of tolerance, meaning that more of the same drug is progressively needed to achieve the same feeling. Here are 12 questions to determine if heroin is a problem for you or a loved one.
- Does life revolve around drug usage? Are you spending most of your day figuring out how and where to get your next fix?
- Do you continue to use drugs even though you realize they are harmful? Heroin causes negative health effects, problems with relationships and can impact your performance at work. If this is happening and can’t stop using, it is time to get help.
- Have you built up a tolerance? Do you find yourself taking increasing amounts of the same drug or mixing other drugs just to try to achieve the same “high” that a smaller dosage gave you?
- Do you take more drugs just to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms? Heroin causes a physical or psychological dependency that can develop even after one or a few uses.
- Do you feel physically ill all the time? Heroin usage can cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach problems, vomiting, chills, restlessness, and sleepiness; some of these are also signs of withdrawal, but can also be just side effects of usage.
- Do you have symptoms of withdrawal? Early signs of withdrawal include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, and sweating. Late symptoms of withdrawal are more severe and can include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea, and vomiting.
- Are you having problems with your relationships? Using this type of drug often causes problems with family, friends, and co-workers.
- Have you lost interest in hobbies and things you used to love? Heroin dependency and addiction can often replace hobbies and other activities.
- Are you using drugs under dangerous conditions? Using heroin can often lead you to bad neighborhoods, driving while under the influence, or sharing dirty needles.
- Have you gotten into legal trouble related to using drugs? Legal problems from stealing, driving under the influence, or possession often follow people who are addicted to drugs.
- Are you spending all of your money on drugs? If you are neglecting your bills, cutting down on your spending on food, or refusing to spend money on other, legal forms of entertainment that you used to enjoy, you may be facing a serious drug addiction.
- Are you lying to your family and loved ones to cover up drug use? If you have to cover up your drug use by lying to friends and family by lying about where you’re going, whom you’re with, or what you’re doing, you should seek help.
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you have a safe and caring place to get help. The first step is the hardest but the most important.
Heroin addiction negatively affects behavior, relationships, and health. There are serious health risks and side effects including bacterial infections, liver or kidney disease, and lung problems that happen to the body as a result of using Heroin, even if only used once or twice. Heroin has a negative impact on a person’s emotional and psychological functions, which often also interferes with relationships. Loved ones often try to help fight off addiction rather than sit by and see an addict deteriorate at the hands of heroin abuse; but all too often relationships with family and friends are damaged during this process. Jobs are lost and income is cut off causing even more problems for an addict who then searches for alternative illegal and dangerous ways to pay for their drug habit.
If you or a loved one is experiencing the negative effects of heroin and want to stop, we are here to help. We are a facility with a “small town” feel. No one gets overlooked.
We offer a Traditional program for individuals addicted to heroin use, as well as a Co-occurring program for those who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health diagnosis. Our range of custom treatments options includes medication and behavioral therapies.
We believe in an individualized approach provided by trained professionals who care. Our approach to clients in either Traditional or Co-occurring programs is “strengths based.” Whereas some rehabs have the idea of breaking clients down and building them back up again, we “meet them where they’re at.” We build on the strengths that the client already has and work to make them stronger and more resilient. We provide non-judgmental therapy. We don’t believe in guilt trips; we believe in the healing power of recovery and the client’s capacity to change.