Heroin is an extremely potent and addictive opiate.
It creates an instant and intense relaxation and euphoria in the user, and acts on receptors in the brain to suppress feelings of pain. Users can quickly come to depend on these effects. The drug is also physically addictive. A person’s tolerance will increase as they continue to use the drug, meaning users will require more to achieve the desired effect. This increases the probability of overdose. Once a person has developed a heroin addiction, it is extremely difficult to stop using. Most people will require professional support.
Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Heroin puts users in a drowsy, semi-conscious state and slows their heart rate and breathing. In some cases, this can result in coma or death. When used persistently, heroin also changes the structure of the brain, negatively effecting decision-making and response to stimuli. It can also severely weaken the immune system.
Heroin abusers, particularly those with a history of drug abuse, may initially be able to conceal signs and symptoms of their heroin use, but loved ones and coworkers may notice physical symptoms of the drug as well as the possession of paraphernalia used to prepare, inject or consume heroin, such as needles or syringes not used for other medical purposes. Users can build up a tolerance to heroin, leading to increases in the frequency and amount of heroin consumption. As tolerance increases, more identifiable physical symptoms of heroin abuse and addiction emerge. Users are at risk of overdose or death because there is often no way of determining the quality of the drug.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from heroin is an intensely difficult process. It can involve nausea, muscle aches, intense agitation and anxiety, vomiting, diarrhea and cold flashes. In some cases, the body may be so dependent that withdrawal can be very dangerous. Anyone attempting to quit using heroin should do so with medical supervision.
Heroin Addiction Treatment
Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres offers evidence-based, client-centred treatment programs which give clients the best possible foundation for lasting recovery. We use methods including individual therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and group counselling. As many people struggling with addiction also have mental health conditions, we provide expert treatment for concurrent disorders.
We operate three rehab centres in Ontario: two residential centres, located in Guelph and Peterborough, and an outpatient centre in midtown Toronto.
As recovery is a lifelong process, we also provide all our clients with access to specialized aftercare support through our Aftercare and ContinUcare programs. Our support for our clients goes on long after initial treatment is completed.
If you are concerned about you or a loved one’s heroin use, contact Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres today.
At Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, our highly trained therapists and counsellors are experts in heroin abuse and addiction treatment. We’re sympathetic to the fear and anxiety that come with confronting the emotions, perceptions and life experiences at the root of heroin addiction.
Our treatment team assesses each client’s substance abuse history. They may also look for other concurrent mental health and addiction issues such as opiate painkiller abuse or other prescription drug abuse that may have been a precursor to heroin abuse. We are also prepared to offer long-term treatment options so the client can cope with the side effects of dependence on heroin with a solid support network in place.
Personalized Heroin Addiction Treatment
At Trafalgar each individual client receives a personalized addiction treatment program specific to his or her needs created by our senior addiction therapist team. All of our programs are evidence-based and accredited, each client has 2 therapeutic staff members assigned to them. We do everything we can to maximize effectiveness of treatment from heroin addiction. We offer heroin addiction treatment in our outpatient addiction treatment centre in Toronto or 2 residential rehab centres in Ontario.
To find out more about heroin addiction treatment programs call us at 1-855-972-9760 or submit a contact form below