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Heroin Addiction Treatment

What is heroin addiction?

Heroin addiction is defined as the continued use of heroin despite negative life consequences to health, social, or work patterns. Because heroin is rapid-acting, it is one of the most habit-forming drugs on the planet. People addicted to heroin feel powerless over its effects due to felt cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction to heroin: What does it feel like?

Due to its great addictive potential, people from all walks of life who abuse heroin can become addicted to its effects. To sum up the addiction, a person hooked to heroin is willing to lose anything just to support the habit and ends up losing everything.

Here are excerpts from a teen who described how he first encountered heroin, and how it destroyed his life:

“I was 16 when I first snorted heroin. I was in my car and my cousin just happened to have some on him. I was like “Let me try, let me try,” and he did. But he only gave me a very tiny amount, so it really didn’t even do much. When I was 17, I had my own apartment. This boy came over and borrowed my car to go down to Baltimore and he didn’t want to take the drugs he had on him. So I held onto them. I knew it was heroin. I did the whole bag and I was really high. I threw up and all that, but it was great. It was just the most wonderful feeling. That’s when it started and I was hooked until I was 21. I had no idea how addictive it was.

Within three months, I was doing it every day. I was working at a car wash and I blew most of my money on the heroin. Then I started stealing from my parents. I wrote out checks of theirs to myself. I stole my mom’s jewelry. I’d take anything around the house that was of value and pawn it off.

When I was on heroin, I had dark circles under my eyes. My skin was like a yellowish color. I looked sick, physically ill. I overdosed four times. You never know if you’re going to overdose because you never know what you’re getting. Another time I overdosed my father found me at three in the morning basically dead. My mom did CPR on me and they called 911. If my dad hadn’t found me, I wouldn’t be here.

I was sent to jail because my parents finally did press charges for the checks I had written and I got a sentence of 18 months”.

Signs of Heroin Addiction

A person may exhibit the following heroin addiction signs and symptoms:

  • bouts of slurred, garbled or incoherent speech
  • declining hygiene and neglect of physical appearance
  • declining self-esteem
  • having paraphernalia such as burned spoons, aluminum foils, makeshift tourniquets, aluminum foil and
  • burners, straws, small plastic bags with white powdery residue, etc.
  • having syringes and needles not used for medical purposes
  • inflamed or collapsed veins in arms or legs; used as injection sites for heroin
  • marked weight loss, and presence of cuts, bruises and scabs from picking skin
  • runny nose, frequent infections and abscess, and in women, cessation of menses (amenorrhea)
  • stealing cash and valuables, lying and deceptive behavior
  • sudden loss of performance in school or work
  • wearing clothing to hide needle marks
  • withdrawal from family, friends, co-workers and classmates
  • withdrawal from set of friends and family, and spending time with new ‘friends’

Treatment for heroin addiction

You cannot quit heroin by going cold turkey or cutting back use as you are likely to cave in from heroin withdrawal symptoms (as a result of heroin dependence). Substituting other recreational drug to quit heroin will only compound to the problem. The correct way to treat addiction is to undergo a complete and thorough heroin detox and a rehabilitation program offered by medical professionals.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

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Heroin Rehab Treatment: What to Expect?

July 2nd, 2018

Rehab offers you many opportunities to learn and change. Find out more about what happens in a heroin rehab. Then, explore your options for change here.

Is it Hard to Quit Heroin?

Is it Hard to Quit Heroin?

June 1st, 2018

Yes. Heroin is hard to quit. However, with proper medical treatment and support you can succeed! Read more about what makes heroin so addictive, as well as the most appropriate methods for coming off this powerful and highly addictive drug here.

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Heroin rehab cost

November 2nd, 2017

The cost of heroin rehab varies from $100-1,000 per day. We explore treatment options during heroin rehab here and introduce some ideas for how to cover your costs. Find a way, not an excuse. Help is available today.

From Heroin Addiction to Sobriety: What Are Addicts Thinking?

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Follow the thought journey of a heroin addict who is attempting to score, abusing Subutex, and finally taking the medication as part of addiction treatment, here.

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August 7th, 2017

A review of heroin treatment program lengths. We discuss ideal treatment length for heroin problems. Plus, what you can expect during the process.

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March 9th, 2017

Addicted to heroin? Here we discuss the treatment options for heroin. This can help you make a decision between inpatient or outpatient treatment settings. Find the best suitable option for your heroin addiction. Read more here.

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February 13th, 2017

Need heroin help? Learn how to GET HELP NOW. And know what to expect when you call a heroin addiction helpline…more tools on preparing for the call here.

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How can you know good addiction treatment from the bad? More here on the basics of heroin addiction treatment: assessment, help through detox, medical supervision, effective aftercare AND the individualized human element behind care.

2 The cost of heroin treatment (INFOGRAPHICS)

The cost of heroin treatment (INFOGRAPHICS)

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Is investing in heroin addiction treatment worth the expense? Statistics about the cost of heroin use vs. addiction treatment programs in text and graphic form. See more here.

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