Heroin Abuse Treatment Program
What is Heroin?
Diamorphine (or Diacetylmorphine) is a substance sought after for its ability to produce a strong euphoric effect in the human body. You may know it by the drugs more common name, Heroin. Heroin usually is sold in a brown powdered form but also is processed and sold as an off-white powder and a dark brown or black tarry resin. Derived from the opium poppy (papaver somniferum), heroin has a lengthy history of being a controlled substance sought for the strong analgesic effects (pain killing properties) and the “feel-good” rush that it brings. Heroin is considered by many to be one of the fastest growing abused substances in the United States. Each year there are more and more heroin users. It is a highly addictive psychoactive substances being sold on our streets today. It can be smoke, snorted or injected intravenously. Not only is the risk of addiction extremely high even for first time users but the risk of possible overdose is great as well as heroin is a respiratory depressant.
Do You Suffer From Heroin Abuse?
There can be many signs and symptoms that you or a loved one suffers from heroin abuse or some form of opioid use disorder. They can range from behavior changes to physical symptoms. The following are a list of signs you may suffer from heroin addiction:
Physical Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
- Sudden agitation or drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Constricted (small) pupils
- Memory problems
- Needle marks
- Runny nose or frequently sniffing
- Reduced sense of pain
Behavioral Symptoms of Heroin Abuse
- Sudden change in appearance
- Sudden lack of concern over hygiene
- Financial issues
- Lying to friends and family
- Increasingly risky or dangerous behavior
- Loss of interest in things once found pleasurable
Withdrawals from heroin are very unpleasant. While not usually life-threatening it has been described by some as “feeling like they are dying”. Heroin withdrawals occur when your body has become physically dependent upon the drug. Your body has become so used to the substance that without it cannot seem to function properly without it. The withdrawals can be compared to the “flu x100” at times and to somebody with no experience with heroin addiction could in fact be confused for the flu. Below are some of the more common symptoms of heroin withdrawal:
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
- Body aches
- The chills (cold flashes)
- Restless legs
- Runny nose
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms and have been using heroin or any other opioid you may be experiencing withdrawals. If this is the case it would be advisable to enter a medical detox facility to properly detox from the drug properly under a physician’s care.
The Heroin Detox Process
Once admitted to a medical detox facility you will be under proper medical supervision on an inpatient basis. There are several options for medication to help with the symptoms of heroin addiction. A detox may give multiple options such as a long-acting benzodiazepine such as Ativan or Librium and taper you off. They could also offer a medical taper with other opioids such as methadone or buprenorphine (Suboxone). You can read more about the heroin detox process on our recovery blog. Upon completion of detox the next step would be admitting to a Heroin Abuse Treatment Program.
The Heroin Abuse Treatment Program At Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center
At Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center located in Wakefield, MA, we offer a Heroin Abuse Treatment Program based on clinically proven methods to help you recovery from heroin addiction. Aftermath’s Heroin Abuse Treatment Program will provide quality and ethical care for individuals with opioid use disorder. The team at Aftermath Addiction Treatment Center will meet each client where they are at and formulate an individualized treatment program aimed at your individual goals. Heroin addiction can seem impossible to break free from. However, we are here to help.