Heroin is an opiate drug that is highly addictive and widely used in the United States, as well as countries throughout the world. It poses numerous risks to health, including the risk of death from overdose. In addition, heroin use can lead to diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C due to intravenous use, and when used during pregnancy can result in preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), which means the baby is born dependent on the drug.
Heroin use is on the rise again, and the increase in use seems to stem from the large population of people addicted to pain medications such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. When a person becomes addicted to pain medication and can no longer obtain it, they may turn to heroin.
There is a lot of stigma around heroin and heroin addicts. The image of the “junkie” is still what many people think of when they think of a heroin addict. The reality is that addiction can happen to anyone, but for many people denial keeps them from acknowledging that a loved one has a problem. They don’t want to believe that their child, spouse, sister, brother or friend is using this dangerous drug.
If you suspect someone you love is using heroin, there are some signs and symptoms you should be looking for. First, there are the physical and behavioral signs of the drug use itself, and then there are the signs that frequently show up when people are in their addiction.
It is important to note that many of the physical symptoms can also be a result of other drug use.
The longer a person uses heroin, the more chances are that he or she will begin experiencing the negative consequences of using. Loss of employment and housing are just the beginning. As the addiction progresses, behavior becomes more risky. There are greater risks of HIV and Hepatitis C, increased chances of overdose, more likelihood of being exposed to violence and crime, and eventually, arrests and incarceration.
The wreckage from heroin addiction can stack up quickly. Each person is different in their experience, but a person can hit a horrible bottom in just a short period of time. Or, just as bad, using can drag out over decades, with the person living a life of poverty and degradation. This is why a heroin addiction intervention is needed as soon as you are aware of the problem.
A heroin interventionist can help your loved one get the help that they need. Even if the person is resistant to getting help, the intervention can be successful. Not only that, but having an intervention helps get things out in the open, and gives you strength to set boundaries with your loved one. Heroin addiction doesn’t just affect the life of the addict, but the whole family, and the sooner they have an understanding of the impact that they are having on family and friends, the better for everyone involved.
If your family is falling apart as a result of addiction, or you are concerned about a loved one, an intervention can help turn things around. It can be frightening and frustrating watching someone you care about struggle with substance abuse. An intervention is an action that can be taken that can bring about positive change for all involved. If you would like to learn more about how a heroin addiction interventionist can help, contact Intervention Services, Inc. to speak with someone today. Call 1-877-478-4621 to get started.