The Signs of Heroin Addiction

Do you have someone you suspect could be using Heroin? Read this article to fully understand the signs of heroin addiction. Did you know that out of all the people that try heroin for the first time nearly one in four of them become addicted? This is after trying it once! Heroin, known as an illicit and highly addictive drug is a destroyer of lives, but it one of the most used rugs in the world today. When heroin is used it activates chemicals in the brain so much so, that someone who has tried heroin for the first time will want to use it again. Each time the dose will get a little higher so that the user can feel the same effect that they felt the first time they took the drug.


Heroin is a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is made using extracts of the poppy plant. Heroin addiction is serious, and it is hard to quit using once you have become addicted to the drug. This together with withdrawal symptoms makes it almost impossible for the user to achieve sobriety on their own.

In this article, we will talk about the signs of heroin addiction as well as the side effects and dangers that heroin use can cause. Furthermore, we will cover withdrawal symptoms and treatment options when it comes to heroin abuse.

About Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction causes changes in the brain and is a chronic, debilitating, and relapsing disease. Many who are addicted will be unable to control their drug-seeking behavior even if they know about the negative and potentially fatal consequences of the drug. Heroin once ingested converts to morphine in the body and a person will feel a rush of pleasure and joy. Unfortunately, these extreme feel-good responses from the brain will leave the user wanting more quickly leading to tolerance and addiction.


There are different ways in which a person can take Heroin and it can be abused in a variety of ways. Some users inject it intravenously, some users inhale it in a powder form and others smoke it. Any method used will cause the same effect and quickly cross the blood-brain barrier.


Chronic use of heron eventually changes the function and structure of the brain and can lead to tolerance, dependence, and the need to continue using the drug to prevent the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.


Our goal at the Retreat of Atlanta is to place you in the best facility possible so that you can heal and find long-term healing. If you visit one of our facilities or another, we will assist anyone who approaches us in finding the best place for them to recover. Our team is here to represent you. Our mission is to assist you in overcoming the challenges or roadblocks that you can encounter during your early recovery.


Although dealing with some problems alone can be overwhelming, our team can work with you on legal, financial, technical, or other issues. We will assist you in thriving during your early recovery.

The Tell-Tail Signs and Symptoms

Sometimes it may be hard at first to detect if someone you love is using heroin and many addicts tend to become good at hiding their addiction from their loved ones and co-workers.


Symptoms may often vary from person to person, but the most common signs and symptoms of heroin abuse include the following:

The Physical Signs and Symptoms

The Behavioral Signs and Symptoms

The Psychosocial Signs and Symptoms

The Cognitive Signs and Symptoms

At The Retreat of Atlanta, we want you to feel at ease when you’re in our opioid rehab center. That’s why we have private and semi-private quarters, as well as toilets, where you can relax while recovering from the negative effects of heroin use.


 At our center, you can participate in a variety of leisure activities to distract yourself from the burden of addiction. You’ll also receive help from people who have been down a similar path in group therapy.

Causes and Risk Factors for Heroin Addiction

It is hard to explain exactly why some people become addicted to drugs while others may not. Many doctors and researchers believe that it can be due to several physical, genetic, and environmental risk factors that work together to cause a person to become addicted.


The following are the most common factors that may lead to increased chances of heroin addiction:


# 1 Genetic Factors


Research has found that addiction has a genetic component and that many people who have a sibling or a parent who struggles with addiction are more than likely to develop an addiction as well.


# 2 Physical Factors


Chronic use of heroin will gradually change the structure and functioning of the brain. Click here to learn more about how heroin can affect brain function


# 3 Environmental Factors


If a user was raised in a home or lives in a home with other drug users, they are more than likely to use drugs or alcohol.

Teenagers who have grown up with drugs and alcohol in the home start to experiment with drugs at an early age and will more than likely become addicts.


Other Risk Factors

The Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at The Retreat of Atlanta

For the benefit of our patients, our residential drug care program provides high-quality CBT services. Our treatment plans contain the following components:


Group Therapy

This solution involves using a group of individuals in the facility who are experiencing the same issues. This approach aims to encourage patient bonding by having them speak about their issues with one another.


Motivational Interviewing

Therapists urge patients to discuss the steps they should take to improve their actions for the better. Since the patient generates their measures, they are simpler to execute.


Trauma Focus

The patient discusses the traumatic experience with the therapist. Talking about it will help you deal with the pain.



Following the procedure, our Retreat of Atlanta workers will contact the patient. It is beneficial to modify their actions so that it is consistent with their proposals.

The Side Effects and Dangers of Heroin

Heroin side effects worsen over time and the longer a person used the drug the more havoc it is going to cause on the internal organs and immune system. Prolonged heroin abuse may also lead to lung, heart, and liver disease.

Heroin causes lower breathing and heart rates in users putting them at high risk of overdose, which can cause death, coma, or permanent brain damage.

Heroin has many short and long-term effects on its users and poses many other indirect risks that can be life-threatening.


     – When heroin is injected intravenously users have a much higher risk of developing diseases such as HIV or hepatitis.

     – Heroin use is also linked to a high risk of spontaneous abortion for pregnant women.

     – Unfortunately, those who are addicted to heroin have an increased risk of suicide with some suicides being committed through an intentional overdose. This is even more of a risk if the heroin abuser is suffering from other conditions such as depression or bipolar disorder.

     – In some cases, depression can stem from withdrawal effects that are so bad that they trigger a suicide attempt.

Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

When a patient’s body is used to using heroin, it starts to build up a tolerance towards the drug. This means that the user needs to take more to achieve the same high as they did before. The body starts to become dependent on the drug and if a user decides to stop using the user may face some serious withdrawal symptoms.


Withdrawal symptoms that may include:

Heroin Addiction Treatment

In many cases, a medical team will work on a program that is best going to suit the patient. Most programs will include detoxification and behavioral therapy. In most heroin addiction cases, medication-assisted treatment is needed to safely detox the patient and help them to recover. These medications mostly know by the names Buprenorphine and methadone make it easier for your body to wean itself off illicit and addictive substances. They are also used to reduce cravings and work in a similar way to heroin by binding to cells in the brain. These medicines, however, are safer and longer lasting than heroin.


Another medication called Naltrexone blocks the receptors in the brain so that opioids such as heroin no longer have any effect on the user thus making heroin use less enjoyable. Once detoxification and medication therapy has been completed cognitive behavioral therapy is started. This therapy helps patients to understand and pay attention to the triggers of addiction and helps them to learn other ways in which to cope with anxiety and depression.


Click on the link to find out more about medication therapy to treat withdrawals from heroin abuse

The Retreat of Atlanta Heroin Detox Rehab Center

We have protection and security at our Atlanta facility while you work hard to overcome your addiction. You’ll have access to medical care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while in our substance abuse recovery program.


 We also have regular therapy during this period to help you understand and cure your heroin addiction.


Our center programs include cognitive-behavioral therapy, community therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and even family therapy as therapeutic modalities. Since each person’s experience with drug abuse is unique, no two treatment programs are alike.


Our staff will conduct a comprehensive review of your medical background and needs before you arrive, ensuring that your care plan is tailored to your specific needs.

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