Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is one of the most destructive and uncontrollable addiction problems facing the U.S. today. Since 1986, the experts at Pride Institute have been helping the LGBT community recover from heroin addiction with outstanding results.

Heroin is a highly addictive drug made from morphine, a natural substance in the seedpod of the poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder, and can be injected, smoked or snorted. It is also commonly referred to as H, Junk, Skag, and Smack.

Heroin addiction is a serious problem in the United States. It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiate class of drugs. Once administered, heroin will initially produce a feeling of euphoria, a warming of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy feeling extremities. Heroin depresses the body and the brain, so mental functioning often becomes clouded and breathing may be slowed to the point of respiratory failure.

Heroin abusers are at risk for overdose, or death, because most heroin is diluted with other drugs or substances leading users to not know the actual strength of the drug. Chronic use of heroin leads to major health problems including collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, lung infections, abscesses, liver disease, tuberculosis, and miscarriages. In addition, people who inject the drug also risk infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

If dependent users stop heroin, they will likely suffer from extreme withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes and fevers.

Signs of Potential Heroin Abuse/Addiction:

  • Injections sites and/or infections
  • Collapsed veins
  • Abscesses
  • Infection of heart lining and valves
  • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Poor memory
  • Little motivation
  • Lack of upkeep of physical appearance

Information provided by National Institutes of Health

If yourself or someone you know suffers from heroin addiction, urge them to get help today. Don’t wait any longer to get your life back, and don’t be afraid to get sober.

Take the next step now. Call 1.800.585.7257 (877-PRIDE-46) or click here to contact a member of our staff. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Treatment Programs
Substance abuse and mental health treatment at Pride Institute is provided in an environment that is highly affirmative to the LGBT community. Mental health treatment services are offered using a cognitive behavioral platform that allows us to help you make changes to both your thoughts and your behaviors.