The fear of an overdose is – or should be – ever present for heroin users. However, the serious health risks of abusing heroin include more than the horrifying possibility of an overdose. The earlier heroin users enter drug rehab, the sooner they can protect the systems of the body that are damaged by heroin abuse. Those systems include:
When it comes to the brain, the way a person thinks will actually change under the influence of heroin. Cravings and impaired reasoning will quickly cause a heroin user to strain relationships with friends and family and fall behind in school or at work. It’s important for loved ones to recognize these warning signs and have the confidence to talk to potential users and let them know that help is out there.
As an opiate, heroin users often start their addictions with prescription drugs like Vicodin or Percocet. Once a user makes the switch to heroin, it’s extremely rare that they will switch back. This is not only because the drug is more addictive, but because it’s often cheaper and is sadly all too commonly available on the street. Withdrawal symptoms are truly terrible, so the addiction grows with every use. Heroin is not a recreational drug, it becomes a lifestyle. This lifestyle creates a mindset of inevitability that the addiction will last forever. The truth is that our drug rehab programs can help people rebuild their lives.
Because withdrawal causes such mental and physical damage, a lot of heroin users end up continuing to take the drug simply to avoid the illness. Physical, mental and environmental factors all contribute to heroin addiction. We recommend drug rehab because getting past the withdrawal stage still does little to help treat the mental and environmental elements. Our drug rehab programs allow addicts to go through the detox process in a safe environment.
Those who enter heroin drug rehab will receive care that includes support through the detox process, therapy, support groups and planning for life outside our facility. Through our expert residential care, we are able to provide users with a path towards long-term recovery.
We take our role in the recovery process seriously. We believe every person has the potential to change their lives for the better. If you or a loved one needs a drug rehab facility due to heroin addiction, call our experts at (866) 308-2090.