Created from the seeds of poppy plants, heroin eventually takes the form of brown or white powder. It’s superheated to turn it into a liquid for injection. In 2016, almost a million American adults reported that they had used heroin within the past year, and many of those surveyed were young adults under the age of 25. The trend in heroin usage has been on the rise since 2007. Also, almost 15,000 Americans died due to overdosing on heroin. Once thought to be primarily an urban problem, heroin addiction has moved to the suburbs and rural areas in recent years.
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Discover the Signs and Effects of Heroin Addiction
The signs and effects of heroin use vary depending on when you take the drug. Here’s a look at the signs and effects you might experience when doing heroin:
- Track marks and needle scars on the skin from injections
- Small pupils
- Poor physical hygiene
- Slow movement or appearing to be in a dream-like state
Here are some signs when you come down from a heroin high:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Nervousness and easily irritable
- Inability to sleep
- Pain in the joints, muscles and bones
- Extreme itching and scratching
General signs and effects of heroin addiction include:
- Inability to maintain employment or schoolwork
- Stealing from family, friends and strangers
- Choosing heroin use over other events
- Legal troubles related to the use of heroin
While using heroin, you might experience a sudden rush that feels euphoric and then drift into a dream-like state. During this period of relaxation, you might find yourself unable to move and your heart rate may drop to dangerously low levels. Heroin addiction has serious physical ramifications. Long-term heroin usage can lead to brain damage that leaves you unable to make decisions and react correctly in social situations. Additionally, you might find yourself facing a disease of the heart, liver and kidneys. Using needles to inject heroin leads to the risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C.
Discover a New Path at New Hope Ranch
Even though heroin is a highly addictive drug, you can overcome it and chart a new life for yourself. With treatment, you can find the comfort and strength you need to live a life free of addiction. New Hope Ranch in Manor, Texas, just outside of Austin, can help you successfully combat heroin addiction with a treatment program that’s tailored to your unique needs.