A Nationwide Public Health Crisis
Heroin abuse and addiction has become the largest and most immediate drug threat in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a nearly 600 percent increase in heroin abuse over the past 15 years. Over 8,000 people died from fatal heroin overdose in 2013 alone. The following year, the drug claimed nearly 11,000 lives. A problem once thought to be confined to inner cities and impoverished urban populations, heroin has exploded among all age-groups, income brackets, and cultural backgrounds. The largest percent increase has occurred among young adults ages 18-25 who experienced a 109 percent increase.
Physical Dangers of Heroin
Heroin is one of the most addictive of all illicit drugs. It’s not uncommon for users to develop dependency after just a few cycles of use. Heroin abuse can affect every part of the body, including major organs and the central nervous system. Heroin changes the physical structure and chemical balance of the brain and causes extreme withdrawal after only a very short period of use.
These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Fever and Flu-like Symptoms
- Extreme Sweating
- Intestinal Problems (Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea)
- Excessive Sweating
- Trouble Breathing
Heroin can either be smoked, snorted or injected into the veins. Smoking and injection delivers the most intense and immediate high.
Signs of Heroin Addiction
Once heroin addiction develops, the drug becomes the focal point of the user’s life and compels them to seek it by any means necessary. Unfortunately this can, and often does, mean lying to loved ones, stealing money to pay for drugs, committing other crimes and living in extremely dangerous situations. It’s important for loved ones of addicts to recognize the signs of heroin abuse before addiction develops.
Many of these signs include:
- Secretive Behavior
- A Sudden Change in Lifestyle Habits
- Sudden Financial or Legal Trouble
- Track-marks on the Arms or Legs
- Extreme Weight Loss
It’s also common for users to start associating with different groups of people for the sheer purposes of acquiring heroin. If you recognize these signs in someone you care about, seek help for them immediately.
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
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Treating Heroin Addiction
Recovery Unplugged recognizes the delicate nature of heroin treatment, and is ready to provide you or your loved one with the highest-quality and most comprehensive care. We offer different levels of inpatient and outpatient and partial-care treatment programs to help clients overcome their heroin addiction and live the lives they deserve. We are fully prepared to coordinate medically supervised detox for our patients to make their withdrawal as comfortable as possible. We will then apply a customized rehab and behavior modification program that allows them to address the psychological aspects of their addiction, while giving them the confidence and self-awareness to rebuild their personal lives and relationships with their families.
Recovery from heroin addiction is a lifelong process that presents daily challenges. Any edge a person in recovery can gain over their addiction is extremely valuable. Treatment should include resources that allow patients to address the root causes of addiction through group therapy and individualized counseling. This will allow them to avoid potentially dangerous situations that could trigger relapse. There are also medications like Vivitrol® that could help recovering users manage and overcome their cravings.
Heroin Addiction is Not a Death Sentence
It’s never too late to get the help you need. Recovery Unplugged is standing by to help you find your way back from heroin dependency.
Call our professionals now at (855) 384-5794 to start fighting back.