what is it?
Heroin is one of the most addictive and lethal drugs in the world. It is associated with nearly 16,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone. Unfortunately, that number is on the rise. The National Institute for Drug Abuse reported 15,482 overdose deaths involving heroin in 2017 (the last year such data was available). This is up from 1,960 in 1999, a 690% increase in less than 20 years.
Heroin effectively targets the brain’s pleasure centers, providing users with a euphoric sensation. Over time and with continued use a person needs more of the drug to achieve the same effect, and they can develop a tolerance. Too often this leads to overdose.
If you or a loved one is addicted to heroin, BriteLife’s South Carolina heroin rehab programs can help.
Substance addictions we treat
There are many forms of addiction and every individual is different. At BriteLife, we understand that a traditional, templated treatment approach will not work. Each of our clients is unique, with their own physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Our staff works closely with each client to develop a customized plan to best help them achieve sobriety. We also diagnose and treat any co-occurring mental health disorders, which is vital for successful, long-term recovery. We treat addiction to:
- Prescription Drugs
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
A critical step in your recovery
Signs of Heroin Addiction
Heroin abuse is not always obvious, especially in the early days. Some signs your friend or loved one may be using heroin include nodding out, having visible track marks, small pupils, or having drug paraphernalia around (spoons, needles, pipes, or tourniquets).
They may also have unexplained health problems, or you may notice that your loved one is irritable, sweats heavily for no reason, or has unexplained bouts of nausea and vomiting. Heroin dependency can happen very quickly. Physical symptoms of heroin use can include:
• Dry mouth
• Flushed skin
• Slow breathing
• Loss of control
• Constricted pupils
Side Effects of Heroin Use
Side effects of using heroin can be life-altering. They range from paranoia, mood swings, weight loss, and itchiness to lung, heart, liver and kidney disease. Heroin abuse also puts a person at greater risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV and of developing vascular failure.
Heroin is an extremely destructive drug to both the body and mind. It poses a serious risk to a person’s health and overall wellbeing. Detoxing from heroin is usually very difficult, and withdrawal symptoms can be intense. Fear of painful withdrawal symptoms is one of the most common reasons people are afraid to quit or seek help from a heroin rehab facility.
BriteLife’s medically supervised detox program can help you or your loved one manage the intense symptoms of heroin withdrawal. We provide 24/7 care overseen by experienced clinical staff, followed by our inpatient and outpatient Hilton Head heroin rehab programs. With the right help, recovery from heroin addiction is possible.
If you or someone you know is struggling with heroin addiction, please reach out to our Hilton Head support team at 888.450.2173. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.