Heroin is a highly addictive drug that can affect anyone from any walk of life. It is very quick between first use to full addiction. It is very easy to become completely dependent on heroin, and for the person to need more and more of the drug to get the same high. This is why rehabilitation for heroin addiction is extremely important- the quicker you set about trying to kick the addiction, the less likely you are to develop an even more serious addiction, that could lead to death.
- Lying and secretiveness
- Changes in behavior
- Flushed skin
- Dulled pain receptors
- Decision making hindered
- Dopamine production hindered
Heroin use causes a physical dependence. This means a user relies on the drug to prevent unpleasant and sometimes painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms from forming. In some cases, withdrawal can occur just hours after the last use, which is a slippery slope for addiction. With prolonged use of heroin a tolerance is built up for the drug, and greater amounts of it are needed to produce the same effects or hold off withdrawal. One of the most dangerous effects of long term heroin use is that it creates imbalances in neuronal and hormonal systems in the body that are very difficult to reverse.
Withdrawal from heroin can be very uncomfortable for the user. While some symptoms last 6-12 hours, some last 5-7 days. Some of these symptoms include body aches, anxiety, diarrhea, irritability, nausea, vomiting, and more. These symptoms can become more serious dependent on how much heroin you were taking and how often, so it’s best to get assistance from a doctor or licensed facility, like CASA Recovery, to assist you on the journey.
Ready to make a change or help your loved one on the path to recovery? Contact us today here at CASA Recovery. We have the facilities and expertise to treat heroin addiction and abuse in a safe, comfortable and productive environment. Our rehab center in beautiful Orange County, California provides a unique opportunity for successful recovery.