Heroin Addiction, Heroin Abuse.
The fact is that heroin addiction or heroin abuse is a worldwide problem, it is deeply damaging and affects everyone around the addict. Getting effective heroin treatment requires commitment and the only proven course of action is Heroin Rehab and a lot of hard work. Heroin produces a “downer” effect that rapidly induces a state of relaxation and euphoria (related to chemical changes in the pleasure centres of the brain). Like other opiates, it’s use blocks the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Users, particularly those with prior history of drug abuse, may initially be able to conceal signs and symptoms of their heroin use. Loved ones or co-workers may notice a number of signs of heroin use, which are visible during and after heroin consumption:
- Shortness of breath
- Dry mouth
- Constricted (small) pupils
- Sudden changes in behavior or actions
- Cycles of hyper alertness followed by suddenly nodding off
- Droopy appearance, as if extremities are heavy
The above signs are not unique to heroin abuse. More definitive warning signs of heroin abuse include possession of paraphernalia used to prepare, inject or consume heroin:
- Needles or syringes not used for other medical purposes
- Burned silver spoons
- Aluminum foil or gum wrappers with burn marks
- Missing shoelaces (used as a tie off for injection sites)
- Straws with burn marks
- Small plastic bags, with white or brown powdery residue
- Water pipes or other pipe
Behavioral signs of heroin abuse and addiction include:
- Lying or other deceptive behavior
- Avoiding eye contact, or distant field of vision
- Substantial increases in time spent sleeping
- Increase in slurred, garbled or incoherent speech
- Sudden worsening of performance in school or work, including expulsion or loss of jobs
- Decreasing attention to hygiene and physical appearance
- Loss of motivation and apathy toward future goals
- Withdrawal from friends and family, instead spending time with new friends with no natural tie
- Lack of interest in hobbies and favorite activities
- Repeatedly stealing or borrowing money from loved ones, or unexplained absence of valuables
- Hostile behaviors toward loved ones, including blaming them for withdrawal or broken commitments
- Regular comments indicating a decline in self esteem or worsening body image
- Wearing long pants or long sleeves to hide needle marks, even in very warm weather
Users build tolerance to heroin, leading to increases in the frequency and quantity of heroin consumption. With growing tolerance, more definitive physical symptoms of heroin abuse and addiction emerge:
- Weight loss
- Runny nose (not explained by other illness or medical condition)
- Needle track marks visible on arms
- Infections or abscesses at injection site
- For women, loss of menstrual cycle (amenorrhea)
- Cuts, bruises or scabs from skin picking
These are for guidance only but given thought it is often apparent that a person is using heroin, it is a highly addictive drug and dependence on it happens in a relatively short time compared to other substances.
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All opiate addictions like heroin addiction, can be treated effectively however but a period of rehab is the best and most effective heroin treatment option, read about the addiction rehabilitation process and how CapeRecovery treat addiction. Detox needs to be medically managed for the person to be comfortable but even so it is not an easy experience and takes a lot of work. Once the person is stable, that’s where the real work begins in recovery. Our expert clinics have vast experience in treating all opiate addicts so just get in touch for instant access to the best heroin rehab in Cape Town and South Africa.
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