Heroin Addiction in Austin, Texas - Recovery Unplugged Texas

Heroin Addiction

A Deadly 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. Recovery Unplugged Texas offers quality care at our Austin heroin addiction treatment facility.

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.

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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. Common symptoms of heroin abuse include fever and flu-like symptoms, extreme sweating, stomach problems and respiratory issues. Heroin is either smoked, snorted or injected into the veins. Smoking and injection delivers the most intense and immediate high.

Treating Heroin Abuse and Addiction

Recovery Unplugged Texas 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.