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Heroin is a highly addictive substance, and a user can develop both psychological and physical dependence on the drug within a few weeks of usage. Heroin addiction can also cause several physical health problems. Although heroin is mainly thought of as a drug that's injected, it can also be sniffed, snorted, or smoked. Recovery from heroin addiction can be especially difficult due to the severe withdrawal symptoms that most users experience. Detox is an important first step, and afterwards, treatment can include inpatient rehabilitation, counselling, and support groups.

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About Heroin Addiction



The rush users get from using heroin creates a euphoric feeling, and many users become enthralled with the drug early on. Although this pleasant feeling keeps users coming back at first, the dark side of the drug is what causes the actual addiction. As a person uses heroin more regularly, they develop a tolerance for the drug, which causes them to require more heroin in order to reach the same highs they felt early on. Pairing this tolerance with the severe physical and psychological withdrawal that users go through makes for a dangerous and extremely addictive drug.

Treatment of Heroin Addiction



Treatment for heroin addiction usually starts with a medical detox, which is available in most inpatient rehabilitation programs. This helps to rid the body of the drug in a safe way. Methadone is sometimes used to help reduce withdrawal symptoms. After detox, treatment for heroin addiction is similar to other drug addiction treatments. Heroin rehabilitation programs are often 30 days, but it is also possible to find inpatient programs that last up to a year. Long-term rehabilitation is usually suggested for those who have relapsed and are back in recovery. Heroin rehabilitation is about treating both the physical and psychological dependence on the drug, and is a very brave step for any user.

Post-Rehabilitation of Heroin Addiction



Heroin addiction doesn't end with rehabilitation. It is an ongoing struggle, and post-rehabilitation and recovery can go on for many years. Often, people who struggle with heroin addiction will attend support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous, in order to help themselves stay sober.

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Have you lied to others about your heroin usage?
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Do you use heroin on your own?
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Have you stolen money or drugs to finance your heroin use?
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Has your drug use affected your financial situation?
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Has your drug use interfered with work or school?
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Has your drug use conflicted your relationships with family or friends?
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Have you ever tried to cut down on or quit your heroin use and failed?
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Do you find yourself doing more heroin in an attempt get the same kind of high you used to get?
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Do you get anxious when you cannot get the drug?
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Do you think about getting heroin constantly?
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Do you spend a lot of time trying to obtain heroin?
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Do you use heroin in public places, like work or school?
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Have you ever experienced withdrawal when you couldn't get heroin?
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Have you ever used heroin just to avoid going through withdrawal?
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Have you experienced health problems due to your heroin use and still continued to use the drug?
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Has heroin become more important than the interests you used to have?
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Have you ever committed a crime or been in trouble with the law related to your heroin use?
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Have you noticed changes in your sleeping or eating habits, or sex drive?
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Have you ever shared drug equipment with others?
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Do you base new relationships around your heroin addiction, making friends with other users and dating people who always have heroin, for example?
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