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Heroin is an opiate, and one of the most dangerous and addictive drugs that quickly causes a physical and mental dependency. People take it to get a sense of calm or relief, which only lasts a few minutes. A user’s tolerance to Heroin quickly rises, so an individual will have to take more to achieve the desired effect, which puts them at a higher risk of an overdose. Heroin is so addictive that 1 in 4 people who try it get hooked. Heroin addiction can very quickly take control over every aspect of your life, changing the type of person you are, your relationships and how others view you.

Opiate use in the United States has become an epidemic, with rates of use doubling in the past decade for people aged 18-25. People can snort, smoke, or inject it. Intravenous heroin use is the most dangerous as it is the easiest way to overdose and catch communicable diseases like HIV and Hepatitis.

SYMPTOMS OF HEROIN USE

  • mood swings
  • anxiety
  • hostility toward others
  • Agitation and irritability
  • lying about drug use
  • avoiding loved ones
  • weight loss
  • delusions
  • forced, pressured speech
  • track marks on arms and legs
  • warm, flushed skin
  • constricted pupils
  • extreme itching

HEROIN WITHDRAWAL

Prolonged heroin use leads to physical dependency, which means withdrawal symptoms when use is suddenly stopped. Withdrawal can take up to a week, and symptoms can be dangerous and should be done under medical supervision. Some of the symptoms of heroin withdrawal can include:

  • nausea
  • abdominal pain
  • sweating
  • shaking
  • nervousness
  • agitation
  • depression
  • muscle spasms
  • intense cravings

TREATMENT FOR HEROIN ADDICTION

Profound offers treatment for heroin addiction and our clinical team will tailor a program unique to you and your needs, as no two cases are the same. We offer programs for each step of your recovery— from medical detox and inpatient treatment, to Intensive Outpatient combined with Sober Living. Profound also offers medication assisted treatment (MAT) which may include the use of Methadone, Buprenorphine, or Naltrexone to help improve your chances at recovery.

Find out all that Profound can offer you on your journey to sobriety.

Sources:

https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

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