About Heroin Addiction
Heroin, a highly addictive opioid drug made from morphine, affects the brain quickly, providing a surge of pleasure. Additional short-term effects may include dry mouth, skin flushing, itching, heaviness in the arms and legs, nausea/vomiting, reduced mental sharpness, and nodding between conscious and semiconscious states. Long-term effects can be dangerous, even fatal.
A Few Long-Term Signs of Heroin Use Disorder
- Reduced alertness and activity level
- Needle marks and bruising at injection sites
- Collapsed veins from injecting
- Damaged nose tissue from snorting
- Skin infections and abscesses
- Heart lining and valve infections
- Liver and kidney disease
- Permanent brain damage
- Lung complications including pneumonia
- Mental disorders
- Increased risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis due to sharing needles and impaired judgment
- Coma and death due to overdose
Heroin Detox Treatment Center
Spending more and more time and energy obtaining and using the drug is a sure sign of addiction. After a while, the body tolerates heroin and the user needs to increase its amount or purity to achieve the same high. At some point, the body needs heroin, and when it is absent, withdrawal symptoms appear.
If you or a loved one exhibits the signs of addiction, tolerance and dependence to this dangerous and highly addictive drug, you need professional assistance to get your life back. Heroin detoxification should not be undertaken without medical support. Let Buena Vista help you get started on the journey to recovery with our medically monitored heroin detox program.
Our board-certified physicians and highly qualified nurses are experienced with heroin detox treatment and know how to get patients safely through the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms with the least amount of discomfort. Medications may be prescribed to help weather the painful withdrawal symptoms and control the craving for the drug.
Withdrawal symptoms can be severe but eliminating the drug through detox is absolutely essential. Your body must re-learn how to function without heroin if you are going to take control of your life again. We are committed to helping you deal with symptoms that may include:
- Severe heroin cravings
- Muscle, bone and joint pain
- Gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea and vomiting)
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Sleep issues
Detox is just the beginning. After your body is free of heroin and functioning normally without it, your rehabilitation continues with behavioral therapy. Through Buena Vista’s therapy and counseling programs, you will learn about the causes of your addiction, reduce the likelihood of a relapse, and get on the road to long-term sobriety.
Ready to regain control of your life? Take the first step on your journey to addiction recovery today.