Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

Very few people start out using drugs with the intention of becoming addicted to heroin. Heroin addiction is debilitating to both the body and the mind – but it is also reversible. Heroin is an opiate, part of the category of drugs classified as an opium-derived substance mainly used for relaxation, sedation, sleep and as a pain reliever. Heroin comes in many forms – it can be snorted, smoked or injected.

The majority of people that end up addicted to this dangerous substance start with prescription pain pills such as oxycontin or percocet. Sometimes pills are prescribed for a medical procedure, other times they are being used to self-medicate emotional pain. Soon, though, these pills become too expensive and not as effective, and something more extreme is needed to maintain the sense of numbness brought on by opiates. This is where many people succumb to heroin. Other began as recreational heroin users. As with the pills however, the longer a person uses heroin, the more tolerance he or she develops and the more of the drug they need. In addition, this drug creates a violent and dangerous physical and emotional addiction that can be more difficult to quit without help than others.

However you or your loved one got started, there are physical and emotional signs and symptoms to look out for in diagnosing heroin abuse or addiction:

Signs and symptoms of heroin addiction:

  • Appetite change, inexplicable weight loss or gain.
  • Changed and irregular sleep system: Person may claim insomnia because they often can’t sleep for days, then might pass out for over 12 hours at a time. They may be always tired.
  • A clear indication is needle injection scars and spots on arms and other places on the body.
  • Slower reaction time, cold, shaking or sweaty hands may occur, along with a sweet, burning smell on clothes or hair.
  • Eyes may appear red and bloodshot or extremely bright with completely dilated “pin-prick” pupils. Person may have a blank or glassy looking stare.
  • The addicted person might have inexplicable changes at work or school such as missed classes/extra sick days, continuing tardiness, failing grades and negative feedback.
  • It is not uncommon to hear slurring of words, or hyperactivity in speaking.
  • Behavior may become sneaky and irrational. Excuses might be made for missing important events, dinners, school, work days.
  • Increased irritability, anxiety, anger, and irrational thoughts, words and actions.

Getting professional help for heroin addiction is imperative. The withdrawal from heroin is harder on the body and mind than almost any other drug, driving many people trying to quit back into it’s grips in order the avoid getting sick. Identifying that you or your loved one has a problem is the first step towards beating your addiction. Calling LRCA for help might be the first step on the journey towards your new and better life.

Whatever your intentions – be it finding a detoxification facility, a residential treatment center, interventionists in your area – for yourself or a loved one, you don’t have to take another step alone. Heroin addiction can be scary and overwhelming to deal with – please call Lifetime Recovery Center today for guidance. We will take you step by step through the process of recovery, how the find the best care and treatment, what to expect and how to make payments through insurance or private pay.