Heroin is the illegal derivative of morphine, which is obtained from the opium poppy plant. Heroin is a depressant and causes the user to feel relaxed and sleepy. Common slang terms for heroin include blacktar, brown sugar, junk, dope, and smack. If you or someone you love is suffering from a heroin addiction, please call us to learn more about our heroin detox program.
- In 2008, more than half of the accidental deaths that occurred due to drug abuse or overdose involved heroin
- 1.2 million Americans occasionally use heroin
- About 208,000 American use it habitually
- Current estimates suggest more than 600,000 people need treatment for heroin addiction in the USA
Heroin Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Heroin is highly addictive because it causes intense feelings of inhibition and euphoria. Most people who experiment with heroin become addicted because they enjoy the escape from reality that heroin provides. Long term effects of heroin addiction include collapsed veins, cardiovascular problems, arthritis, and bacterial infections. Heroin use also contributes to the spread of infectious diseases because sharing unclean needles can cause the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
Most drug addicts will exhibit negative behaviors which are signs of their addiction. They may lie about their drug use or try to hide it. They may steal money from friends and family or sell valuables to purchase the drug. Most drug addicts will also withdraw from family, friends, and favorite activities. The drug will become their one and only obsession.
Symptoms of Heroin Use
- Possession of paraphernalia used to smoke or inject the heroin
- Flushed skin
- Confusion, cloudy mental state
- Nodding in and out
- Nausea and vomiting
Do these symptoms remind you of someone you know? Please contact us at the Drug Detox Center to learn more about our heroin detox program.
Heroin Detox and Treatment
Heroin addicts are required to complete our heroin detox process before they will be admitted to the rehab center. The heroin detox process MUST be completed under medical supervision because withdrawal can be life-threatening for heavy users who are in fragile health. At the Drug Detox Center, our doctors may prescribe non-addictive medications to stabilize patients during heroin detox.
Heroin detox usually lasts up to a week, depending on how frequently the drug was used. After the detox process is complete, clients will begin our heroin detox treatment program at the rehab center. Our trained and licensed staff will be there every step of the way to help clients discover the reasons why they became addicted. Our heroin detox program incorporates group therapies, recreational activities, and education to teach the clients how to face life’s challenges without turning to drugs. We offer different therapy programs like art and music therapy, psychotherapy, and family therapy. We believe the family is an integral part of the recovery process. Addiction therapists will meet with the client and the family to try to reconcile any problems that occurred before treatment.
Please call us now to speak to one of our trained staff members. They will be able to answer all of your questions about heroin detox and will help you decide the best options for treatment.