Heroin Treatment Center Austin
Heroin is an opiate derived from the seeds of the Asian opium poppy. The drug usually comes in a powder form or a sticky substance known as black tar heroin. It is typically smoked, snorted or injected and all three methods produce a very fast and intense rush known as a “high.” Use of heroin has been on the rise in recent years, in part due to the increase in addiction to prescription opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin. People that become addicted to prescription drugs often switch to heroin because it tends to be cheaper and easier to find. Heroin is an extremely addictive substance that hooks some even after the first use.
Effects of Heroin on the Mind and Body
Heroin causes a very fast surge or rush of euphoria. The rush is usually very short, leading the user to crave more of the drug almost immediately.
Other effects of heroin include:
- Slower breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion or cloudy thinking
- Lower body temperature
- Dry mouth and flushed, itchy skin
- Sedation and drowsiness
- Impaired judgment
When heroin is used for an extended period of time, the damage to the mind and body can be extensive. Heroin affects the mouth, resulting in bad teeth and inflamed gums. It can lead to muscle weakness and even temporary paralysis. The skin may become abscessed and infected due to regular needle injections and constant scratching of the skin. People that abuse heroin may also suffer from weight loss and malnutrition because the drug suppresses the appetite.
Signs of Heroin Abuse
The signs of heroin abuse or addiction might include:
- Needing more of the drug to get the same effect (tolerance)
- Skin irritation and scarring due to constant itching and picking at the skin
- Unexplained weight loss and signs of malnutrition
- Periods of excessive energy, followed by very long periods of sleeping
- Withdrawal from friends, family, responsibilities and activities
- Changes to appearance, lack of interest in hygiene
- Delusions, hallucinations and paranoia
- Erratic mood swings, irritability and hostility
- Intense, uncontrollable cravings for the drug
- Withdrawal symptoms if the drug is suddenly stopped
Treatment for Heroin Abuse
Heroin is a highly addictive substance that usually cannot be stopped without professional help. If you are struggling with a heroin addiction, the sooner you seek treatment, the better your outcome will be. Contact The Last Resort today at 512-750-6750 to learn more about your treatment options for a heroin addiction.