Heroin is a highly addictive opiate that rapidly induces a state of relaxation and euphoria and blocks the brain’s ability to perceive pain.
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.
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.