Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction
Many people around the globe, and in the US, are experiencing pain and distress from using heroin. It’s estimated about 9.2 million people worldwide use heroin. In the US, opiates (mostly heroin) are the source for 18% of drug and alcohol rehab admissions.
When you or a loved one suspect there’s a heroin addiction, here are signs and symptoms to look for:
- Problems with breathing (slowed, labored)
- Dilated pupils
- Confused or slurred speech
- Droopiness in the limbs
- Serious weight loss
- Sleeping too much
- Cuts, bruises, sores that can’t or won’t be explained
- Skin infections or abscesses
- Needle track marks on arms or legs
- Changes in behavior
- Cycling between being alert followed by suddenly sleeping (nodding off)
- Confused states
- Aggressive, confrontational behavior
- Minimal eye contact
- Dishonesty, lying
- Uncaring attitude
- Poor hygiene habits
- Constant need to borrow money or stealing money and others’ belongings
- No interest in hobbies and favorite activities
- Covering legs, arms or neck to conceal needle marks, even in warm weather
- Isolation from loved ones
- Performance at work or school declines
How to Recognize Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Heroin addiction symptoms are frightening and daunting. When left untreated, they can lead to:
- Collapsed veins
- Heart, liver and kidney diseases
- Fatal overdose
HIV, AIDS and hepatitis are all real possibilities when someone injects heroin. Serenity Lodge provides men with evidence-based, effective treatment options for recovery.
Residential Inpatient Treatment
When you or someone you care about needs help in the struggles with heroin, residential heroin addiction treatment is the recommended option. Around-the-clock monitoring helps prevent a relapse, especially in the early days and weeks.
Our residential program provides the monitoring needed, along with effective therapies, in a safe and relaxing environment. Located on 22 wooded acres in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, California, it’s the ideal setting to relax, enjoy the isolation from temptations, and work intensely on staying sober.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Once you or a loved one has been stabilized and can attend treatment on a part-time basis, Serenity Lodge has an intensive outpatient program to continue to meet your needs. While our clients in IOP aren’t getting 24/7 monitoring, they still attend many of the same programs as our residential clients do, while being able to meet their everyday commitments like family, work and home.
Relapse Prevention Program
More than 90% of heroin-addicted people in recovery experience a relapse. Heroin addiction symptoms can re-emerge at anytime. We understand this and have long-term relapse prevention programs for our clients to rely on when these difficult times of cravings and temptations emerge.
At Serenity Lodge, our experienced addiction specialists teach coping strategies to ward off emotional triggers, physical and mental cravings. Our clients learn how to avoid situations that could bring about a relapse, as well as how to handle seeking help when triggers happen that cause difficulties.
Call Serenity Lodge Today to Address Heroin Addiction Symptoms
Don’t wait any longer and continue the suffering from heroin addiction symptoms. Fight heroin addiction symptoms by using the effective tools and methods you’ll learn at Serenity Lodge. Call 866-379-4365 now to find out how we can help men of all ages step onto the road of safe recovery.