Heroin is an illegal drug that is highly addictive. The substance is made from morphine which is a natural product of the opium poppy plant. The morphine is then further chemically modified to become heroin. Despite its deserved negative reputation for its high risks, heroin continues to be a commonly abused drug in the US and Canada.
There were more than 46,000 opioid related deaths in the US in 2017. This includes fentanyl, methadone, prescription opioids like OxyContin and heroin. Heroin was responsible for 15,482 deaths in 2017.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF HEROIN ABUSE
Symptoms that someone is using heroin may include:
- Sudden changes in behavior or actions
- Constricted (small) pupils
- Slowed heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling drowsy
- Uncontrolled muscle ticks
- Noticeable personality changes from anxiety and paranoia to irritability
HEROIN ADDICTION TREATMENT
The most effective approach for heroin or other opiate addiction is holistic using a range of diverse group and individual interventions while the client lives in a therapeutic community. The group recovering together with the support of experienced clinicians creates real change and the basis to stay clean and sober for the long-term.
As important as primary care/treatment, is affordable and effective continuing care. Addiction doesn’t occur in a few weeks and the addict needs to keep working on their program of recovery to keep their disease in remission.
The focus of treatment at Recovery Works is on the group process with therapy and programs that address personal struggles. This is coupled with a strong emphasis on Continuing Care through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We encourage you to call today for more information or a free assessment at +1 778-430-1212.