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  • Am I Addicted to Heroin?
    excess amounts of serotonin norepinephrine and dopamine These interactions account for the high feelings users experience when using the drug When a person becomes addicted to heroin the drug s effects have essentially taken over central nervous system functions Physical Signs of Heroin Addiction Someone addicted to heroin develops physical signs of the drug s damaging effects Over time heroin deteriorates central nervous system functions leaving it unable to regulate bodily processes as normal Under these conditions certain bodily functions start to break down which users experience as withdrawal effects Withdrawal effects may take the form of Headaches Fatigue Changes in Weight Muscle Aches and Pain Sedation Nausea Psychological Signs of Heroin Addiction With heroin directly altering brain chemical outputs a person addicted to heroin will likely develop psychological signs of addiction fairly quickly These signs not only take away from a person s overall quality of life but also work to perpetuate the addiction cycle Psychological Signs of Heroin Addiction Depression Episodes Bouts of Anxiety Ongoing Irritability Restlessness Suicidal Ideations Changes in Behavior As the brain becomes increasingly dependent on the drug s effects someone addicted to heroin will start to behave differently in regards to his or her responsibilities and social interactions Behavior changes reflect a person s growing preoccupation with getting and using the drug Changes in Behavior to Watch Out For Disregarding Friends and Family Appetite Loss Neglecting Work and Family Responsibilities Loss of Interest in Recreational Activities Changes in Lifestyle By the time lifestyle changes take effect the addiction has taken full control over a person s life Being addicted to heroin drives users to create lifestyles that support the addiction regardless of the negative consequences involved Changes in Lifestyle Typically New Social Groups Compromised of other Drug Users Decline in Hygiene and Appearance Money

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  • 5 Benefits of Heroin Detox Treatment
    of the recovery process Heroin detox programs use medication therapies to help relieve much of the discomfort a person experiences during withdrawal Help with Drug Cravings While drug cravings are one of the many withdrawal effects experienced during heroin detox cravings have more to do with the mind s psychological dependency on the drug than the body s reaction to detox Detox programs help addicts work through the psychological issues that drive addiction behaviors by helping them better understand the belief systems and thinking patterns that support drug using behaviors Treatment for Co Occurring Disorders Long term heroin use alters essential chemical processes throughout the brain As a result many addicts develop psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression disorders that greatly aggravate a person s desire to keep using drugs Heroin detox programs make it a point to treat co occurring disorders as part of the overall detox treatment process Failing to do would place those in recovery at ongoing risk of relapse Physical Health Benefits As a central nervous system depressant heroin slows down the body s major systems some of which include Cardiovascular Processes Respiratory Processes Digestive Processes Heroin s effects on digestion in particular can leave addicts in a malnourished state after months or years of drug use Malnourishment places the body in a weakened state that makes the heroin detox process all the more difficult to bear For these reasons detox programs incorporate a nutritional diet plan as part of a person s overall treatment plan Support and Guidance During the course of heroin use addicts develop a lifestyle that supports drug using behaviors This lifestyle is made up of certain people places and activities just like any other type of lifestyle Helping a person create a drug free lifestyle becomes a big part of

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  • Heroin Addiction Symptoms You Can't Ignore
    average heroin addict can spend up to 200 per day to maintain his or her addiction What is Heroin Dependence Dependence is not the same as addiction but when discussing heroin they often go together Someone who is addicted to heroin will become physically dependent on the drug and will experience withdrawal symptoms like restlessness muscle and bone pain diarrhea and vomiting and cold flashes with goose bumps NLM Heroin also causes psychological dependence which results in cravings You are dependent on heroin if you Experience the withdrawal symptoms listed above when unable to take the drug Take heroin more to stave off withdrawal symptoms than to feel the high Crave the drug strongly Think about heroin even when you are not currently taking it Feel the need to continue use of the drug NIDA Teen If heroin has begun to affect your life in a negative way there is a chance you are addicted The true test though is how you react to the effects If you are unable to stop abusing heroin even when you realize it is causing real problems in your life you are already addicted to the drug Many people will experience issues with heroin in their personal work and school lives as well as in their relationships You are already addicted to heroin if you experience the effects listed below and still cannot stop using the drug Being fired expelled suspended or otherwise formally disciplined for an issue caused by your heroin use by your work or school Losing important relationships in your life be they family friends or another type Getting arrested or otherwise legally punished for your use of heroin or an issue caused by such Addiction is not something that can be controlled and you will need intensive behavioral therapy medication

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  • Finding a Loved One Heroin Addiction Treatment
    one would benefit from a controlled environment with 24 hour care inpatient centers or a more hands off facility where he or she can follow a set of rules and still have access to medication and behavioral therapy outpatient care Heroin Addiction Support Groups Many individuals seek support groups for a supplement to their medication and behavioral therapy Support groups and mutual help groups exist throughout the country and can be found online as well as through community outreach centers and rehab facilities Narcotics Anonymous is a well known MHG that has branches everywhere Your loved one may feel supported through the possibility of meeting others who are struggling with heroin addiction and knowing that you are there for him or her Methadone Maintenance Clinics Methadone maintenance clinics exist in many places and can provide your loved one with the ability to continue living his or her life while fighting heroin addiction The CDC describes the treatment as a program in which addicted individuals receive daily doses of methadone in order to counteract the cravings for heroin The methadone when administered correctly only needs to be taken once a day and will not produce the high that heroin does Methadone maintenance treatment is for those who are struggling with addiction and truly want to stop abusing heroin One of the best ways you can help your loved one during this trying time though is to be there for him or her through every step of addiction treatment Your help and support will let your loved one know that you are on his or her side and it will encourage him or her not to give up Because of your help your loved one can begin to recover from heroin addiction Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas

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  • How Heroin Effects Addicts Lives
    their relationships become compromised by addiction The NIDA states that addiction is a complex illness and a brain disease which is why many individuals cannot stop taking the drug even if they want to Many times relationships disintegrate under the weight of addiction causing the following problems Addicted people neglecting their friends and family members in order to spend time with other addicts Parents being unable to take care of their children due to their heroin addictions Spouses or significant others leaving their heroin addicted partners Families kicking individuals out of the house because of heroin addiction These actions directly affect the lives of heroin addicts making them lose contact with those who are often the most important to them Effect of Heroin Addiction on Physical Health A person s very life can be compromised by heroin addiction as it can often lead to overdose Overdose from heroin can be deadly causing respiratory depression and sometimes coma or death Even if a person does not die he or she can have life long health problems because of it Heroin addiction also causes the following health effects Infection Collapsed Veins Pulmonary Complications NIDA Liver or Kidney Disease A person could also risk contracting hepatitis or HIV from sharing needles Any of these medical conditions would affect the life of a heroin addict for a long time Effect of Heroin Addiction on Psychological Health Tolerance and psychological dependence are two effects of heroin addiction A person will crave heroin and continue to feel that its effects are not as strong with the original dosage making the person use more and more of the drug A person who is addicted to heroin will not be psychologically healthy as regular heroin use changes the functioning of the brain Usually addiction does not disappear after

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  • Consequences of Heroin Abuse
    even infection in the heart lining NIDA The drug often contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels another possible consequence of abusing the drug Because of the many dangers of heroin abuse people die from heroin often It is a very risky drug and can cause health consequences that are not easy to reverse The NLM also states that people who inject the drug also risk contracting infectious disease including HIV AIDS and hepatitis Legal Consequences for Heroin Abuse Many people face legal consequences as a result of their heroin abuse People who abuse heroin chronically will often do anything to get the drug no matter what the consequences are This is called drug seeking behavior But even someone who abuses heroin rarely might experience these types of consequences The DOJ states that heroin is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act This means that it has a high potential for abuse and is not accepted for treatment for medical issues Therefore legal actions taken against those who abuse heroin are extreme and may include prison time There are many other consequences of heroin abuse that include Overdose which can occur even on the first use of the drug and may cause coma or death Issues with friends family members and loved ones who want the individual to stop abusing heroin Losing a job or failing classes due to the apathy that can set in as a result of regular heroin abuse Dangerous behavior like engaging in unsafe sex driving while under the influence or other behaviors that could result from heroin abuse Heroin abuse can cause many consequences for a person no matter how high the dosage or how frequently he or she takes the drug Because heroin is so dangerous its consequences are

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  • Narcan Revived a Kitty
    accidental or intentional overdose can occur very easily if heroin is used or when prescription opioids are misused Overdoses have become an epidemic and the lifesaving antidote naloxone which is used to counteract the dangerous life threatening effects of opioid overdose has saved countless lives Naloxone also known as Narcan is not only effective it s also very safe and has been used by medical professionals for many years Recently the Courier Post reported authorities in New Jersey administered Narcan nasal spray to a women that had overdosed on heroin and fortunately saved her life App com reports a couple dozen lives were saved from Narcan in Monmouth County The app com report also points out though not everyone receiving the antidote is able to be saved Narcan hasn t only saved humans who overdose on heroin or other opioids there s been numerous reports that the antidote was administered to a kitten by a veterinarian which thankfully saved the kittens life Allegedly the kitten was horribly abused and given heroin by 24 year old male heroin user The full report can be found on Philadelphia cbslocal com Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode Island 401 288 3581 Tennessee 423 208 9047 Vermont 802 428 4694 West Virginia 304 915 0148 Alaska 480 478 0599 California 626 498 2948 Delaware 302 342 8812 Georgia 678 573 5007 Illinois 708 248 8377 Kansas 785 380 0231 Maine 207 221 2169 Michigan 586 439 0608 Missouri 636 238

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  • Is Methadone the Best Treatment for Heroin Addiction
    will help me work through my recovery and treatment Will I use the medication as directed by the health care professionals prescribing it What is Methadone Maintenance Treatment Methadone maintenance treatment is used as a long term treatment for injection drug users like those who abuse heroin to reduce or stop injecting and return to productive lives CDC The drug is taken daily in order to Block the euphoric and sedating effects of opiates Curb the cravings and desire for heroin helping to keep a person from relapsing Be given in small enough doses that it is excreted slowly and doesn t cause the euphoria caused by heroin This treatment also includes classes on resocialization and vocational training as well as therapy sessions usually in groups Patients are often given routine drug tests in order to make sure that they are using the prescriptions correctly and that they have not fallen into relapse Methadone maintenance treatment helps prevent many of the concerning factors during rehab such as relapse and overdose It can be an incredibly beneficial treatment for many individuals who need long term maintenance for their addictions Stigmas Associated with Methadone Maintenance Treatment Many people feel that the only way to true recovery is to work toward total abstinence from the drug which makes them skeptical of methadone maintenance treatment Still others struggle with the withdrawal symptoms caused by methadone when trying to quit treatment When considering whether or not to begin this treatment you must truly ask yourself what is best for you If you need a more regimented long term approach to your recovery from heroin and you cannot quit opiates altogether this treatment would be very beneficial to you You must take it seriously though if you want the right effects from treatment If you believe

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