Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

Your use of heroin and/or other opiates is a medical illness that is slowly destroying your body, your mind and the lives of those closest to you. Heroin addiction is a mental and physical illness that takes over your life.

What Is Heroin Addiction?

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What Is Heroin Addiction?




Heroin addiction is quick, intense and wreaks havoc on your life and the lives of your family members, friends and employers. Whether you snort, inject or smoke it, you are risking your life. According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, at least 3.7 million Americans engaged in heroin use during that year. Most new users were under 18 years of age. “Heroin produces profound degrees of tolerance and physical dependence, which are powerful motivating factors for compulsive use and abuse.”

You will encounter a wide range of negative consequences from heroin addiction, affecting everything from your relationships to your health. Time after time, with each use, you believe that you will have a different outcome and be able to control it. But you know that the euphoria heroin offers you is too strong to break free of on your own. Recovery Connection is here to help you find the support you need to break free from addiction.

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

You were hooked from the start. The initial rush of warmth carried you into a dreamy state that helped you to escape from this world temporarily. But you quickly realized with regular heroin use that the initial feeling is not easily replicated if at all. Something that you did socially soon became an isolating event and you were addicted to heroin.

Signs of Heroin Addiction May Include:

  • Nodding off
  • Sweating
  • Absences from work
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Appearing tired regularly
  • Red or glassy eyes
  • Runny nose

There is a compulsive need to use the drug that overwhelms you. Addiction means that you are consumed with finding heroin any way that you can. This is often referred to as compulsive drug-seeking behavior. This behavior is not a matter of choice but a demand the body makes, leading the heroin addict into risky and life-threatening circumstances and medical health risks.

Medical Complications of Heroin Abuse Include:

  • Collapsed veins
  • Bacterial infections
  • Endocarditis
  • Lung infections
  • Hepatitis B and C infections
  • Skin abscesses
  • Cellulitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Respiratory distress
  • Stroke

Beyond the physical complications associated with heroin addiction, addicts who engage in regular use seem to be involved with violent crimes. Many users face legal problems from buying and selling, or die while trying to get or sell the drug. Heroin users, like crack cocaine users, seem to have a total neglect of bodily needs, such as eating or bathing. Personal finances will be destroyed, children will be neglected, interpersonal relationships will fall apart, and yet the heroin addict will keep using heroin, believing he or she does not need help.

Heroin Withdrawal and Detox

Major heroin withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose. Symptoms are of the opiate type and resemble an extreme flu, fatigue, nausea and cold sweats. Without proper medical care, dehydration can lead to seizures or convulsions. The good news is that an addict can usually complete heroin detox or opiate detox within five to seven days.

Heroin Addiction Treatment – Get Help Now!

It is not safe for you to suddenly stop using heroin after addiction has taken hold. Heroin withdrawal symptoms will definitely occur within hours of last use because it has a relatively short half-life. Medically supervised heroin detox that uses medications to ease opiate detox can make withdrawal symptoms and cravings manageable.

Detox alone will not address the issues underlying addictive behavior. Heroin addiction treatment or heroin rehab is necessary to help combat relapse. Treatment in a drug rehab will teach you how to live life without using. Recovery Connection will help you find the best medical detox and drug rehab to help you eliminate heroin safely. Call us today at 866-812-8231.

Looking For Treatment?

If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, detox and addiction treatment can help stop the madness and restore health. Call Recovery Connection at 866-812-8231 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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