Heroin Addiction

Understanding Heroin Addiction

Heroin creates a euphoric high and state of extreme relaxation.

It’s widely known that heroin is dangerous and highly addictive, so why is heroin addiction still so widespread in the United States? For many heroin addicts, the journey actually begins with a substance they believe to be quite safe—prescription painkillers. The nightmare begins when you’re given a powerful painkiller following surgery, an accident, or chronic pain. At first, you experience a euphoric release from pain, but over time, your body develops a tolerance and addiction forms. You become desperate for the high and relief you once enjoyed. It’s difficult to obtain more and more prescription painkillers, so you turn to heroin. Now, you feel trapped in addiction with no way out—but there is hope. In a proven therapy program, recovery is possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Heroin Addiction

Heroin creates a euphoric high and state of extreme relaxation. Users may or may not be able to hide the signs of their high from those closest to them. Other symptoms of use, however, are more visible, including:

  • Extreme fatigue and increased sleep
  • Disorientation
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Frequent runny nose
  • Scabs from picking or scratching the skin

Unfortunately, this list is quite long. There are both short-term and long-term side effects, including, but not limited to:


  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased body temperature
  • Slow or irregular heart rate
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Suppressed breathing
  • Fatal overdose


  • Disease of the liver, lungs, heart, or intestines
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Chronic insomnia
  • Collapsed veins
  • Chronic constipation
  • Fatal overdose

There are also dangers inherent to IV drug use, including, but not limited to:

  • Increased risk of HIV and other blood-borne diseases
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Abscessed tissues
  • Exposure to heroin additives

Because heroin is unregulated, users do not know the potency of the drug they are injecting or the additives used to cut the drug. As a result, users are always at risk of overdose, which can be fatal.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of heroin overdose, call 911 right away. Do not attempt to self-treat or wait to see if it passes. Overdose can be fatal, especially if left untreated. Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Slowed breathing and heart rate
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Delirium
  • Muscle spasms
  • Loss of consciousness

Painful withdrawal symptoms make it extremely difficult to quit heroin without professional support. Those symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms or shaking
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Intense cravings

In the absence of professional support, most heroin users relapse during withdrawal. To increase your likelihood of recovery, contact Hawaiian Island Recovery today.

Withdrawal symptoms can begin as quickly as 6-12 hours after the last dose. They typically peak in 1-3 days and subside after approximately one week. This may sound like a short period of time, but the symptoms are powerful, and addicts should seek out recovery centers that offer medically-supervised detox. Furthermore, addicts with post-acute withdrawal syndrome can continue to struggle with symptoms for weeks, months, or even years.

How Hawaii Island Recovery Can Help You Recover from Heroin Addiction

Your journey to recovery at HIR will begin with a medically-supervised detox to support you as you go through withdrawal. After that, residents benefit from our combination of effective, evidence-based interventions with experiential and holistic therapies. This multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach is unique and includes a wide variety of therapies, such as EMDR, CBT, and wild dolphin assisted therapy. All of these therapies are administered within the framework of a 12-step program to provide accountability as residents pursue total healing of the body, soul, and mind.

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