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The U.S is currently in the midst of an Opioid epidemic with around 130 people dying of overdose every day.

Heroin, though illegal in most areas, is one of the most pervasive types of Opioids as it can be cheap and easy to acquire. Heroin use leads to negative effects almost immediately, with users needing to increase the amount they intake so they can avoid the painful and sometimes deadly withdrawals. Many people who are prescribed Opioid painkillers end up using Heroin because they can no longer get enough painkillers legally. These days, Fentanyl is often found in Heroin or substituted for it, leading to a significantly increased chance of overdose. Fentanyl is a much stronger Opioid, and a very small amount can lead to overdose.

Are you addicted to Heroin?

Heroin addiction can start as a prescription drug addiction, where users have substituted heroin for their prescription painkiller because it is easy to obtain. For others, Heroin addiction started as occasional recreational use. Regardless of what route led you to heroin addiction, the end result is devastating for you and your loved ones. Heroin use tends to spiral from the euphoric feelings of early use to a miserable addiction very quickly. Tolerance sets in rapidly and the user will find themselves needing more and more to avoid the awful withdrawals. Often, the user will find themselves sacrificing their values and good judgement in going to any lengths to obtain more of the drug and avoid withdrawal. Attempting to regain the initial euphoria that Heroin and other Opioids induce in early use, users will soon find themselves needing a constant supply just to feel normal and somewhat functional. Heroin affects the brain dramatically, leaving users unable to feel pleasure without it and decreasing the ability to make rational decisions.

Here are some warning signs of a Heroin addiction:

  • Your life is now centered on using and obtaining the drug
  • You are physically and mentally miserable unless you have used
  • You have cut yourself off from friends or family who don’t participate or approve of your use
  • You have begun lying and stealing from your loved ones to get more
  • You are unable to feel emotions, and rarely feel pleasure
  • You are “nodding out” often. Sudden lack of consciousness
  • You are borrowing or stealing money, cannot pay bills
  • You experience extreme paranoia
  • A loved one has expressed concern about your use
  • You have tried to stop using but continually relapse
  • Physical symptoms like aches and pains, chronic fatigue, constipation, poor hygeine, sores or abscesses, pale skin, heart problems, and weight loss
  • You now have track marks and many of your veins are now “shot out”
  • You have been experiencing homelessness because of your use

How Can Pathways Recovery Center Help Me?

If you are experiencing Heroin/Fentanyl addiction, you know how painful and frightening the withdrawal process can be. This is why the relapse rates are so high in Heroin cases. Extreme agitation, sweating, muscle spasms and aches, severe nausea and abdominal pain combined with strong cravings are difficult to overcome on your own.

Treatment for Heroin addiction often starts with Supervised Detoxification. Detoxing from Heroin can bring about severe symptoms like intense nausea and dehydration and is very dangerous to do on your own, not to mention painful. At Pathways Recovery Center, we’ll make sure you’re medically stable under the monitoring of our on-site clinical and nursing staff who are experienced in implementing medication-assisted detox. This will ensure the safest and least painful withdrawal experience.

In our private, intimate facility designed for serenity and comfort, you’ll begin intensive therapy to not only address addiction, but the underlying factors that led to it. At Pathways, we believe that healing addiction means healing the whole person. You’ll undergo assessments to determine each of the contributing biologicalsocial, and psychological factors that have kept you in the cycle of addiction. Using evidence-based therapies like CBT and DBT, we’ll help you learn new coping skills and positive thinking patterns that will help you overcome your cravings, master your emotions, and heal. At Pathways Recovery Center, we’ll get you the social support you need to stay free from drug and alcohol addiction with tools like 12 Step and group therapy. You are not alone!

Contact our addiction specialists today to learn more about substance abuse treatment at 1-888-711-0966 or [email protected]

Additional Resources on Heroin Addiction:

  National Library of Medicine – Heroin Addiction

  National Institute on Drug Abuse – What are the Treatments for Heroin Use Disorder?


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