Heroin Addiction Symptoms
What is Heroin?
Heroin is a drug produced from the herbaceous flowering poppy plant. Heroin can either be in the form of a brown or white powder or a sticky black tar.
What is Heroin Addiction?
Heroin addiction is a long-term illness that alters the brain and causes chronic uncontrollable drug-seeking behaviors. When heroin is ingested, it makes its way to the brain rapidly and binds itself to certain receptors and neurotransmitters.
- Hormone release
- Feelings of well-being
How is Heroin Ingested?
Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Heroin addiction symptoms include physical and behavioral changes. These will be detailed below.
Physical Heroin Addiction Symptoms
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Persistent flu-like symptoms
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Poor personal hygiene
- Slurred speech
- Bloodshot eyes
- Paleness and jaundice
- Poor physical coordination
- Bruises, track marks, and scars on the body
Behavioral Symptoms of Heroin Addiction
- Lying about whereabouts
- Avoiding or ignoring daily responsibilities
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Stealing or borrowing money from loved ones
- Wearing long sleeve clothing which hides needle or track marks
- Appearing to sleep more than usual
- Poor job or school performance
Heroin also affects psychological well-being, including emotional health and cognitive ability. Common psychological heroin addiction symptoms include the following:
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Difficulty remembering information
- Increased anxiety and paranoia
- Extreme mood swings and aggressive behavior
- Engaging in risky acts like driving under the influence
What Factors Influence Psychological Heroin Addiction Symptoms?
- Dosage of consumption
- The type of heroin used
- Underlying co-occuring conditions
Short-Term and Long-Term Heroin Addiction Symptoms
The Different Types of Heroin Addiction Symptoms
- Long-term or severe symptoms
- Overdose symptoms
Short-Term Heroin Addiction Symptoms
- Feeling of euphoria
- Feeling warm and flushed skin
- Slowed Heart Rate
- Severe itching
- Heaviness of limbs
- Nausea and vomiting
- Clouded thinking
Factors that Affect the Severity of Short-Term Symptoms
- Heroin cut purity
- Dosage of heroin ingested
- How the drug was consumed
Long-Term Heroin Addiction Symptoms
- Damaged teeth and gum swelling
- Poor appetite and malnutrition
- Severe constipation
- Light sensitivity
- Slowed respiration
- Muscle twitching
- Infections of the heart lining and valves
- Co-occurring mental illnesses like antisocial personality disorder
- Decrease in sexual functioning
- Pale and clammy skin
- Blue-tinged lips and fingernails
- Discolored tongue
- Pinprick pupils
- Body going limp
- Shallow or labored breathing
- Uncontrolled vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Making choking or gurgling noises
- Loss of consciousness
The Progressive Stages of Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Stage 1: Experimentation
Stage 2: Regular Use
What Causes Regular Heroin Use?
Stage 3: Risky Use
Individuals progress from regular use to risky use in a very short time. Stage 3 is defined by consuming heroin despite awareness of the severe consequences.
At this stage, the following symptoms will develop when heroin is not consumed:
Stage 4: Drug Addiction and Dependency
The Importance of Recognizing Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Some of the benefits of being able to recognize heroin addiction signs include early intervention and reduced drug addiction stigma.
Family members and communities being aware of the effects and symptoms of heroin addiction allows for early intervention. Intervention at an early stage increases the chances of a successful recovery.
Encouraging Individuals to Seek Help
How Vista Taos Can Help with Heroin Addiction Treatment
Vista Taos is a New Mexico renewal center that offers comprehensive addiction treatment in a private and secure environment. We follow a holistic treatment process that addresses all aspects of addiction. This ensures complete recovery.
Detoxification is the first step in recovery. Detoxification involves cleansing the body of ingested heroin. Detoxification can be dangerous as individuals may experience difficult withdrawal symptoms. Our live-in medical detox program ensures safe and successful heroin detox.
- Medication management
- Inpatient and round-the-clock care
- Mental health therapy
Our team of healthcare professionals regularly monitor patient health. We may offer medication assisted treatment to alleviate severe withdrawal symptoms like pain or paranoia. We work with each client to create a personalized treatment plan.
Vista Taos offers a residential care program designed to assist individuals struggling with heroin addiction. Residential treatment provides individualized care in a therapeutic environment.
- Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
- 12-Step curriculum meetings
- Trauma informed care
- Individual & group therapy
- Grief & loss therapy
- Relapse prevention education
- Individual therapy
- 12-step meetings
- Safe living environment
- Work and volunteer opportunities
- Educational groups
- Therapeutic activities and outings
Reach Out to Vista Taos
Our treatment plan addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction but also contributing psychological and emotional factors. We provide a private and safe environment to focus on recovery. Contact our team today to start your recovery journey.