Are You or a Loved One Suffering from Heroin Addiction?
Heroin addiction is a national epidemic that’s sweeping the nation – and not in a good way. People of all walks of life are battling heroin addiction and opiate addiction, and it’s only a matter of time before a drug addiction will take the life of a loved one.
Am I Addicted to Heroin/Opioids?
Opioid (also known as opiate) abuse can be traced to well-meaning physicians who have boosted prescription rates for painkillers. Prolonged use leads to dependence and, once hooked, you need greater doses to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Addiction to painkillers frequently leads to heroin addiction because the black market drug is cheaper and easier to get than prescription painkillers.
Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance. Heroin can be injected, inhaled by snorting or sniffing or smoked. Heroin addiction is a chronic relapsing disease caused by changes in the brain and characterized by uncontrollable drug-seeking, no matter the consequences.
Symptoms of Heroin and Opioid Abuse
Heroin can have similar effects as opioids that are not taken in doses prescribed. Symptoms of use and withdrawals include:
- Surge of euphoria
- Dry mouth
- Warm flushing of the skin
- Heaviness of the extremities
- Clouded mental functioning
- Collapsed veins
- Heart infections
- Gastrointestinal cramping
- Liver or kidney disease
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Muscle and bone pain
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
- Kicking movements
How Do I get Help?
Get on the Road to Recovery
Are you ready to leave behind the addictions? Crossroads in Naples, FL, offers a full range of substance abuse services for adults battling heroin addiction and opiate addiction. Our services include inpatient detoxification, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment and aftercare services.
In addition, Crossroads in Naples will help you better manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviors as well as learn the skills to maintain healthy relationships and understand what it takes to manage your recovery and live a balanced life. Reach out to Crossroads 24 hours a day by calling toll-free 844-223- 8727.