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Locating the Best Private Heroin Rehab Facility

Heroin is a highly addictive drug due to the opioids it consists of. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there were 213,000 heroin users in the United States, up from 153,000 the previous year. It is estimated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime that opiates are used by 13 million to 21 million people worldwide, with most users in North America, Oceania and parts of Europe. Heroin accounts for most of the opiate usage. Heroin is popular because it gives users euphoria – a high they cannot experience naturally. Heroin can be smoked, injected or snorted.

According to The Partnership at DrugFree.org, heroin causes many effects that can help you easily spot a heroin addict, including:

  • Pupils – the user’s pupils may constrict and dilate frequently as usage increases; the eyes may also become glassy
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Slurred/slow speech
  • Disoriented/lack of coordination/slow judgment
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Persistent itching and scratching
  • Sudden wakefulness and drowsiness, alternating between the two
  • Change in sleeping patterns – awake or asleep for days at a time
  • Poor hygiene – dirty clothes, disheveled appearance, lack of grooming
  • Skin flushes – the skin may suddenly change from a pink flush of warmth to clammy skin; the person may also experience chills and shivering as the rush of heroin wears off

Injecting heroin is preferred by many users because it leads to the fastest high. You may notice needle marks on arms from injections. Some user may inject the heroin in the wrong spot, causing bruising and purple marks. Those who are really trying to hide their addiction may inject in less noticeable places on their body, such as between the toes.

Heroin users may have respiratory problems, such as shallow breathing. Heroin use affects muscles and organs, making the person more susceptible to infections.

You may also be able to spot a heroin addict by finding drug paraphernalia, such as small plastic bags, pipes and needles. If you notice your loved one has new friends, is demanding more privacy, is making secret phone calls or is spending more time away from home, then they may have a heroin problem or some other sort of drug problem.

Effects of Heroin

Besides the physical effects of heroin use, the drug can affect in various other ways, including:

  • Poor school/work performance: Drops in grades/production and frequent absenteeism
  • Relationship issues/fights: Arguments over drug use, changes in behavior and neglecting responsibilities
  • Legal problems: Getting into trouble for drug-related offenses, such as possession and selling drugs
  • Financial problems: Using money for drugs and resorting to theft to get money
  • Risk-taking actions: Drugs cause people to take more risks, such as taking part in unprotected sex and exhibiting violent behavior

Locating a Rehab Facility

There are many treatment options for heroin addicts. The most effective ones are behavioral therapies and medications, especially methadone. Methadone has been used as a heroin treatment option for more than 30 years. It is often administered in a specialized treatment center. If your loved one is battling heroin addiction, we can help them get the right kind of help. We have access to numerous resources that can help your loved one become clean and sober. Give us a call and see how we can help your loved one beat their heroin addiction and get on the path to recovery.