Heroin is an opiate that causes psychological, physical, and social implications and results in overdose and early death. Heroin is very addictive and extremely dangerous. After just one use, an individual can develop an addiction to heroin. This leads to an increase in heroin use and using it more often to achieve the same high as the first time. This increases the risk of overdose and death.

Before getting treatment, a person must go through detox to eliminate all substances from their body. Detox for heroin addiction should never be attempted alone. The withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. Medication-assisted detox allows the process to be closely monitored by a medical professional who can prescribe medication to lessen withdrawals from heroin. Withdrawals consist of flu-like symptoms including depression, strong cravings, sweats, chills, sleeplessness, nausea and suicidal thoughts.

Heroin addiction affects everything in a person’s life. Relationships with loved ones are destroyed, physical and mental health is compromised, and jobs are at risk. Heroin interferes with responsibilities and time spent with loved ones. As the addiction progresses, the individual’s physical appearance deteriorates and psychological well-being diminishes.

Heroin addiction can be linked to painkiller abuse. Painkillers such as OxyContin and morphine are opiates that are prescribed to patients for pain relief and should be taken as directed by a physician. According to the CDC, opioid overdoses kill about five people every hour across the U.S. with the victims totaling 5,400 more in 2016 than the number of soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. The misuse and availability of pain medication has launched into a full-blown opioid epidemic.

There is treatment for heroin addiction and recovery is possible. Many people recover from heroin addiction and proceed to live healthy, sober, and fulfilling lives. If you or a loved one is fighting a heroin addiction or substance use disorder, do not wait another day. Get help now and make today the first step toward recovery. Start your journey to a healthy, new, sober lifestyle while improving your physical and mental well-being.  

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