Heroin is an illegal substance that’s only semi-synthetic because it is synthesized from morphine, which is derived from the opium poppy. Heroin is most often used as an analgesic, for self-medication, and recreationally. As a depressant, heroin creates a relaxed and lethargic euphoria that can hit within seconds of the drug being injected. However, heroin can also be smoked or snorted, and while the high doesn’t hit as quickly, there is also a lower chance of overdose, and addiction doesn’t occur as quickly.

What Does Heroin Addiction Look Like?

Heroin is a typical opioid in terms of how addictive it is, and it leads to both physical and psychological addiction. While users may be able to hide their addiction for a brief time, there are many telltale signs you can look for if you believe a friend or loved one may be in trouble and require heroin rehab.

On top of these immediate and short-term effects, long-term heroin abuse can also lead to dangerous health complications, such as heart problems, chronic pulmonary disease, blood-borne infections from needle sharing, blood clots, bacterial infections, liver disease, arthritis, and seizures. Without the help from an effective heroin treatment center, many of these health problems can be life-threatening, and addicts are always at risk of dying from an overdose.

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Symptoms of Heroin Use and Signs of Addiction:

  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Increased sleeping time
  • Constricted pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Alertness followed by sleepiness
  • Sudden behavioral changes
  • Wearing long pants and sleeves
  • Lack of hygiene and attention to appearance
  • Apathy, lost interest in goals and hobbies, social withdrawal
  • Lying, deception, and stealing or borrowing money or valuables
  • Constantly runny nose
  • Slurred speech
  • Refusal to make eye contact
  • Skin infections, abscesses, cuts, scabs, and bruising
  • Weight loss
  • Track marks on arms and legs

Heroin Detox

Heroin may be one of the hardest drugs to detox from because sudden cessation in a long-term addict can result in the inability to function properly, medical problems, and possibly even death, especially when there are other pre-existing medical risks. Users who wish to get clean are best to seek the help of heroin treatment centers, where addicts can detox under the supervision of trained professionals and knowledgeable medical staff. If you are considering heroin treatment at a facility like Beachway, it can help to prepare yourself by knowing what to expect from your detox. For instance, the heroin withdrawal timeline and symptoms are very similar to bad flu, and they include:
  • Excessive sweating and uncontrolled crying
  • Muscle and bone aches and cramps
  • Intense cravings
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Cold sweats, fever, and chills
  • Insomnia
  • Depression, anxiety, and mood swings
  • Appetite loss

These symptoms generally start appearing within 12 hours of your last dose because of how long heroin stays in your body. Symptoms become the worst between one and three days of being sober and generally taper off within a week. However, extreme and long-term heroin use can lead to post-acute withdrawal syndrome, where symptoms take weeks or months to subside.

Overcoming Addiction and Preventing a Relapse

While attending a heroin rehab center is a necessary part of the recovery process, preventing patients from relapsing is just as important. At Beachway, we provide patients with a safe environment and the counseling necessary to understand and overcome addiction to achieve lasting recovery. Our patients will also have access to:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions where patients can learn to improve their self-esteem and decrease their chances of relapse.
  • Group therapy, where patients will share and hear stories from others struggling with the same types of issues, letting them know that they aren’t alone and are part of a community.
  • Music and art therapy, where they can explore alternative methods of coping with stress and dealing with problems.
  • Family therapy, which will give patients and their loved ones a safe space to address their addiction, their role in the patients recovery, and healthy ways of managing conflicts.
  • The Resource Center, which can help individuals with job applications, employment, continuing education and financial aid applications, and government assistance applications.

Our drug treatment program has industry-leading success rates, is affordably priced, and we work with all major insurance providers so that patients can focus on their treatment without the added stress of money. For clients struggling with other medical or mental health issues, we also specialize in dual diagnosis treatment, we provide counseling for co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.

heroin therapy session with therapist

Beachway Admission Criteria

Because Beachway focuses on personalized rehab programs instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment, the first step in our heroin addiction treatment process is an admission assessment.  This assessment will include a report compiling a history of drug use and addiction after which we will design an individualized plan to tackle recovery. Once a patient has been accepted into our program, they will have a consultation with one of our medical staff to discuss the length of their drug use and the quantities they’ve been taking. Some of the admission criteria for our heroin treatment program include requiring that a patient is:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Willing to commit to our rehab program
  • Able to provide themselves with basic care

We are an inclusive detox and recovery facility, and welcome clients from all walks of life, regardless of religion, creed, sexual orientation, cultural background, or physical limitations.

Our unique and customized detox and rehab programs focus on a multiple-therapy approach to treatment (individual, group, family, and alternative counseling), social interactions like movie nights and bowling, physical therapies like yoga, meditation, and gym access, outings like beach excursions and fishing trips, spa services like manicures, pedicures, and massages, and even spiritual healing through our faith-based treatment options.

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Heroin addiction can ruin personal lives, careers, and relationships, along with destroying the physical, mental, and emotional stability of an addict. Without the proper heroin rehab, you risk facing a lifetime of drug dependence, use, and withdrawal, as well as risking your health and your life on a daily basis.

If you’re ready to take the first steps to recovery, or want to discuss the options we provide at our heroin treatment center, contact Beachway today at 877-284-0353 to speak with one of our addiction experts.

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