Treating Heroin Addiction

Heroin is one of the most dangerously addictive substances in the entire world. The combination of euphoria and pain relief does not compare to other drugs. Popular street names include junk, black tar, smack, horse, china white, gray and many other nefarious terms. It can be snorted, smoked, or injected, and even used with crack-cocaine to form an even more deadly combination called a “speedball.”
Whatever name you give it, and however you choose to consume it, heroin will become your master if you bring it into your life. In time, the heroin takes over and there is no longer a “high” associated with it. Days become long only to try to stay well without being in withdrawal. Once that happens, you need the kind of treatment that only a skilled group of professionals at a licensed recovery facility can provide to control your own destiny, once again. There is no home remedy for heroin addiction.
Sudden onset symptoms of heroin usage include the following:
  • Dullness of physical sensation or decreased pain receptors
  • Being “on the nod” (slipping in and out of consciousness)
  • Heaviness in your extremities
  • Warmth or flush feeling of your skin
  • Decreased mental acuity
  • Dry mouth
Sudden onset symptoms of heroin usage include the following:
  • Irreversible damage to vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, and lungs
  • Damage to teeth and gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Sexual performance issues
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Constipation
  • Intense scratching, leading to skin wounds
As more heroin is used, tolerance is increased, causing you to require more and more of the drug over time in a desperate attempt to achieve the same perceived euphoria from your initial use. Meanwhile, side effects and complications to your overall well-being are steadily mounting.
Overdose is always a possibility with a drug as dangerously addictive as heroin. Given such devastating long-term consequences to physical and mental health, along with the possibility of a deadly overdose, it is of the utmost importance to call for help immediately if you or someone you know and love is addicted to heroin.
Compass Recovery is well-equipped with a full team of expert medical and psychological professionals to help you leave heroin addiction in your past. We are very experienced at dealing with all the ramifications that come with using heroin and can get you on your road to recovery for a richer and fuller life now. Please contact us for more information.


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