Heroin is a highly addictive drug which is a member of the opiate family. It interacts with the central nervous system which means that individuals who abuse this drug put themselves at risk for significant immediate and long-term harm including heroin addiction.
Symptoms of heroin addiction
When you abuse heroin, you can quickly develop a tolerance which means that you will need to take increasingly greater amounts of the drug in order to experience the desired effects.
Behavioral symptoms of heroin addiction:
- Being frequently absent from work or education
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts even in warm weather to hide marks
- Lying about your whereabouts
- Loss of interest in activities that were previously important to you
Physical symptoms of heroin addiction:
- Noticeable unintentional weight loss
- Watery eyes as well as a runny nose
- Sleeping problems
Mental symptoms of heroin addiction:
- Feelings including shame and guilt
- Hopelessness and despair
- Poor judgement
Social symptoms of heroin:
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Job loss and unemployment
- Financial difficulties
- Social isolation
Where can I get help for heroin addiction?
Specialist heroin addiction treatment programmes at rehabilitation centres will usually begin with a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification. You will firstly be asked a range of questions to tailor your treatment. These may include:
- How much heroin you take
- Whether you are abusing any other drugs
- How your physical and mental health is
- What your personal circumstances are
- Whether you have had treatment for drugs before
Please be prepared that you may be asked for a urine sample. This will be tested to confirm that you are abusing heroin.
Once you then have completed this first step, you will be assigned a key worker who will help you put together a personalised treatment plan to help your heroin addiction. You’ll meet your key worker regularly throughout your treatment.