Utah Heroin Addiction

Definition

Heroin is a highly addictive illicit opiate derived from the opium poppy found mainly in Asia and the Middle East. Heroin is processed from morphine and is distributed in the streets in the form of either a brown or white powder or a black sticky tar substance. Heroin is a depressant and works on the central nervous system and when interacted with the opioid receptors of the brain; the overall functions of the body and organs will slow down and make the user feel drowsy upon their initial high.

Utah Heroin effects

Heroin can be smoked, snorted, or injected which unfortunately is most common due to the addict’s ability of reaching the climax of the high within seven (7) seconds which produces an incomparable “rush” the user wants to recreate. Due to overwhelming desire to re-experience said high, the user develops a tolerance to the drug and more often than not results in overdosing and risking potential death. The addict’s now diseased brain and dependent body has reasoned how it is worth breaking the law and doing anything necessary to continually chase the high heroin provides. Not to mention the importance of having to avoid symptoms associated with withdrawaling. The heroin addict is no longer concerned with ramifications such as overdose, incarceration or even death. Herein lies the vicious cycle of addiction that occurs with heroin until the addict either ends up in jail, prison, or dies.


Signs and Symptoms of Use

Common signs of a heroin addiction are:

  • Isolation from both friends, family and loved ones
  • Sudden loss of job and/or inability to remain employed
  • Involvement with the legal system
  • Personal material things of the addict start disappearing
  • Personal material things of friends, family, and loved ones start missing
  • Majority of relationship with friends and family are negatively affected
  • Drastic change by staying awake through the night and sleeping during the day
  • Tinfoil roll is running out much faster than usual
  • Money is missing or stolen and checks are not balancing anymore
  • Constantly asking for money and has none of their own
  • Telling lies and getting caught in them more often than not
  • Personal hygiene starts to decrease
  • Appears slowed down and mellow with an overall lack of interest
  • Alternating between feeling alert and drowsy (“nodding in and out of consciousness”)
  • Sudden rapid weight loss with little to no interest in eating
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Track marks (sores) in arms and legs, neck, etc.
  • Voice sounds slower, slurred, and much deeper than usual
  • Eye pupils are the size of pin heads despite a light or dark environment
  • Manipulative behaviors 
  • Facial color is pale and gaunt in nature with minimal animation
  • Sudden craving of high caloric fatty foods such as sweets and chocolate, etc.
  • Depression is prevalent with an attitude of not caring about anything

Common symptoms of a heroin addiction are:

  • Surges of euphoria
  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy feeling in body extremities
  • Warm skin flush
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Respiratory problems and/or failure
  • Circulatory problems and/or failure
  • Pulmonary problems and/or failure
  • Harder to think clearly due to clouded central nervous system
  • Random and spontaneous premature birth and/or miscarriage
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Tolerance from prolonged use requiring higher dosages
  • Vomit and nausea
  • Constipation
  • Running nose and eyes
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweating
  • Night vision is further impaired
  • Scarred and/or collapsed veins
  • Continually use to avoid withdrawal symptoms
  • Premature death
  • Infections and diseases
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C
    • Pneumonia
    • Bronchitis
    • Tuberculosis
    • HIV
    • AIDS
    • STAFF
    • Gangrene 
    • Bacterial infections
    • Abscesses
    • Heart lining and valves
    • Cellulitis

  • Withdrawal Symptoms
    • Often start hours from last use
    • Worst part is between first 48-72 hours of abstinence
    • Lasting seven (7) days up to two (2) weeks
    • Overwhelmingly strong cravings for more heroin which the addict usually gives into
    • Body and muscle aches
    • Diarrhea and vomiting
    • Runny nose and eyes
    • Depression and dysphoria
    • Anxiety
    • Insomnia
    • Cold and hot flashes
    • Chills and goosebumps
    • Restless leg syndrome (constant shaking to cope with symptoms)
    • Inability to feel comfortable
  • Overdose symptoms

    • Dry mouth
    • Small constricted pupils
    • Constipation
    • Labored or stopped breathing
    • Low blood pressure and weak pulse
    • Cold skin with a bluish tinge of color on lips and finger nails
    • Drowsiness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Possible coma

Treatment for Heroin Addiction

It is extremely important if you or a loved one is suffering from a heroin addiction to seek professional treatment immediately as this particular substance has the lethal potential to end a life faster than any other drug. The steps one can expect in addressing their heroin addiction are as follows. First, you must successfully undergo detoxification (a process usually involving medical management and medication to safely taper from heroin use) to avoid or curtail withdrawal symptoms as much as possible. You may bypass the medical management process altogether and go through a “social detoxification” which involves placement in a residential inpatient drug treatment program relying heavily on staff and fellow group members for support and guidance. Whichever route you proceed with, the next step will be inpatient treatment to force a physical separation between you and the heroin. You will give your brain the necessary rest it requires to function properly again. In severe cases you will need to take Naltrexone pills or shots to curb cravings, aid with depression, and cap off opioid receptors. Inpatient treatment will also allow time for you to become aware of your triggers and true reasons behind using as well as to develop new alternative healthy coping skills. You will also have the opportunity to explore your underlying issues and mental health concerns.

To successfully recover from heroin, you must then complete an aftercare (outpatient) program to ensure accountability and to keep the heroin addiction at bay. Upon successfully completion of both detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatments, one can expect to continue to regularly attend self-help meetings within their local community. You may also find yourself living in a monitored environment such as “Sober Living”. Zion Recovery Center is able to provide all of these different levels of care and is an expert in the industry when it comes to heroin addiction treatment. We address the Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) a heroin addict can expect to experience within the first year of their recovery. We develop a personalized and individual relapse prevention and safety plan that deals with behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. On average, our clients successfully complete their residential inpatient stay in 60 days and our aftercare (outpatient) treatment within their first 90-180 days. If Zion Recovery Center’s clients desire to move into a sober living facility thereafter, we are able and willing to help them through every step of the way. Zion Recovery Center’s promise to you is all backed by a lifetime guarantee, so call now for immediate help with a heroin addiction. 385-207-2029