More than a quarter of a million people develop addictions to opioid drugs , such as heroin each year.
Although consumed less than other drugs, heroin consumption levels are concerning, as are the number of heroin addiction cases identified daily.
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Understanding Heroin Abuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD)
As heroin is abused, the brain gradually begins to associate enhanced moods with heroin, leaving many to eventually become reliant on and addicted to heroin and the side effects it offers.
Like other substance addictions, heroin addictions are psychological disorders that require intensive treatment to overcome.
The Dangers of Heroin Abuse
While the dangers of heroin abuse and opioid use disorders are significant, they continue to be overlooked.
When left untreated, heroin addictions are linked to various health complications. These health complications include organ failure and mental health disorders, all of which see more than 18,000 people admitted to hospital each year. 
As it is tough to break free from the cycle of addiction without treatment, many individuals experience long-term heroin addictions, which profoundly reduce the quality of life. 
Additionally, one of the most prominent dangers of heroin abuse is overdose. Though some individuals can recover from an overdose, 4,561 deaths due to overdoses and drug poisoning are recorded annually in the United Kingdom. 
Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction
When a heroin addiction arises, several physical, psychological, and behavioural signs and symptoms can all be expected.
Physical symptoms often arise as and when heroin is consumed. While many of the physical symptoms will alleviate naturally within as little as three hours, some of the symptoms associated with heroin addiction are long-lasting.
The physical symptoms associated with heroin addiction include:
- Weight loss
- Bloodshot eyes
- Bruised skin
- Ongoing flu-like symptoms
- Hepatitis C
Organ failure, increased heart rate, stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure also signal that heroin addiction is present. As these symptoms can be fatal, they require immediate medical assistance.
Though heroin is frequently abused to reduce the impact that mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety have on an individual’s life, consuming heroin can lead to mental health issues due to changes in the brain.
In addition to causing mental health disorders to become considerably worse, heroin addictions come hand-in-hand with the following psychological symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Intense cravings
Suicidal thoughts are also among the psychological symptoms of heroin addiction, with up to 35% of deaths associated with heroin use and abuse resulting from suicide.
As heroin begins to impact an individual’s psychological health, the way they think, act, and behave will start to change and give way to several behavioural symptoms, including:
- Lack of interest in everyday life
- Intense cravings
- Impaired relationships
- Participating in anti-social behaviour
- Financial difficulty
Heroin Addiction Treatment
Combining industry-leading treatments such as detoxification, rehabilitation, relapse prevention and aftercare, inpatient rehabs focus on restoring brain and body health. Though treatments must be integrated, they each play a vital role in heroin addiction recovery.
Completed upon entering rehab, detoxification kick-starts the recovery process by initiating the withdrawal process. This ensures that the body can recover from the physical side effects of heroin use.
In contrast, rehabilitation sees those in rehab encounter psychological and well-being therapies. These treatments address the underlying cause of heroin addiction and ensure that coping strategies can be developed to reduce the risk of relapse.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment For Heroin Addiction
Approximately one in four adults that find their life affected by a heroin addiction will simultaneously struggle with a mental health disorder . As a result, it is not uncommon for dual diagnosis treatment to be administered when heroin addiction treatment is required.
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If you have developed a heroin addiction and find yourself reliant on the drug, we can assist you in locating a suitable rehab and securing treatment.
Likewise, if you have reason to believe that a loved one has become addicted to heroin and requires treatment, we can help you refer them for treatment. We can also support you in staging a family intervention.
To find out more about heroin addiction treatment or seek a referral, call us today on 0800 012 6088.
Frequently Asked Questions
-  More than a quarter of a million people develop addictions to opioid drugs - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/united-kingdom-drug-situation-focal-point-annual-report/united-kingdom-drug-situation-focal-point-annual-report-2019
-  more than 18,000 people admitted to hospital each year. - https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/statistics-on-drug-misuse/2019/part-1-hospital-admissions-related-to-drug-misuse
-  which profoundly reduce the quality of life. - https://www.bmj.com/content/373/bmj.n784
-  4,561 deaths due to overdoses and drug poisoning are recorded annually in the United Kingdom. - http://www.drugwise.org.uk/how-many-people-die-from-drugs/
-  one in four adults that find their life affected by a heroin addiction will simultaneously struggle with a mental health disorder - https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/common-comorbidities-substance-use-disorders/part-1-connection-between-substance-use-disorders-mental-illness
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