Heroin Addiction & Treatment Guide
Drug addiction and abuse have long been a part of our society. Though they rule the lives of many, there are just as many addicts looking for a real and viable solution to help cure their addiction. Addiction is a multifaceted disease that may start as simple recreational use before turning into something ultimately more deadly.
Heroin addiction specifically, affects a staggering number of people each and every year in America. In 2017, 25% of deaths in the US due to overdose, could be contributed to heroin use, according to CDC Data. Also in 2017, drug overdose, including heroin, was the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 for the second year in a row. The good news is thanks to more research and panels on substance abuse and the opioid epidemic there is hope with new advances in medicine and treatment options.
What Happens When Someone Uses Heroin?
One major issue with heroin use is that many users that start to take the drug recreationally do not know what sort of effects it can have on the body. Heroin is a very addictive drug and many of the first effects of the drug that you feel are what push people to continue using.
Some short-term side effects to look for are:
- heaviness in the arms and the legs
- dry mouth
- nausea along with vomiting
- skin flushing
- slower cardiac function
- slowed breathing
These are all side effects that go along with the initial rush of endorphins that come from the brain when you take heroin. Though these short-term effects may not see all that terrible, repeated use can lead to addiction and can affect each user differently causing different reactions in each user. For example, slowed cardiac function in someone with a heart condition can easily lead to death or permanent heart damage where someone with a healthy heart may not see the effects of slowed cardiac function all that much.
Along with the bevy of short-term effects you have to deal with, there are also some long-term effects of heroin use that can substantially change the course of your life, such as:
- Collapsed veins from intravenous use
- Infection of the heart
- Liver and kidney disease
- Lung issues
- Loss of pregnancy
These physical effects of heroin are all coupled with a mental addiction, an obsession with the substance as well.
Addiction can change a person’s personality, their work ethic, their day to day lives, and can even alter relationships with people that they have had their entire lives. Heroin addicts often do anything to get the drugs they need to fuel their addiction leading to lost relationships and much more.
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What are Some Treatment Options for Those Addicted to Heroin?
Though it might seem like treatment for heroin abuse is difficult to come by, there are now more programs available than ever before for those that are either addicted themselves or that know someone that is. These programs are designed to help a wide range of people so that you can find the recovery program that works best for you or those that you know.
Medical Detoxification is the first form of heroin addiction treatment that we often hear about. This is going to be a very extreme form of treatment that is generally used only when the individual’s life is in immediate danger. This is the administration of a medical agent to help fight the effects of both the heroin in the system and the feeling of addiction as well. This is often the first stage of treatment that people receive in cases where they overdose in public or are confronted by law enforcement officers.
Residential Inpatient is another form of treatment or heroin rehab that you might hear about. This type of treatment is one of the most effective because it not only helps to combat and change the prominent and very immediate signs and symptoms of addiction, it also helps to change behavior and make for long term changes that will keep addiction at bay. Residential inpatient treatment helps to cover things like therapy to help change behavior and get to the root of the addiction as well as helps you to let go of friends and other relationships that may be fueling the issues that surround your addiction.
Medication Assisted Therapy (Naloxone and Vivitrol) this is another very effective form of therapy. For those that need both long-term and immediate help, this is going to be one of the most effective. This type of treatment is going to work to detoxify the person and to help combat the immediate addiction and then work to help change patterns of behavior so that addiction stays away and so that it does not resurface or get worse again. This type of program is often used for those that are heavily addicted and that need help and that need to get both long term and short-term treatment.
Outpatient & Partial Day Programs are also effective but are often best for those that have already undergone some sort of short-term treatment to get the initial addiction taken care of. This type of treatment is going to be things like meetings, check-ins, staying at a center for a certain amount of time, and even having someone to be held accountable to so that addicts have the support system that they need to really recover and to stay clean.
Recovery Support Groups (AA, NA, CA, SMART, Ect) can also be effective but are often best for those that have a strong support system in their family and their friends. This type of program is also great for addicts that are somewhat fully recovered and simply want a maintenance type of support so to speak. This is not the ideal program for someone that is deeply addicted and that needs constant support.
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The support that the United Recovery Project allows helps those that are recovering from addiction to find the help that they need and the assets and tools that they need to fully recover. The key to true recovery from heroin addiction is the right recovery program to help change the way you think and to help provide you with the tools that you need to recover as well as the education that you and your family need to recognize the signs of addiction and to find the help that is necessary to overcome. Call us today at 1-888-699-9395 and get help for addiction today. United, we can recover.
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