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10 facts about Heroin

10 facts about Heroin

Have you noticed the stories of heroin abuse, addiction and overdoses in the news headlines every day? It is impacting families everywhere.

A powerful opioid drug derived from the opioid poppy plants, heroin may be injected, sniffed, snorted or smoked, and is highly addictive, no matter how the drug is used. And—as evidenced in all those headlines—it is deadly.

If you or a loved one has developed a heroin addiction, call us help immediately. Speak confidentially with one of our caring counselor right now. Make the call. (888) 837-6577.

The sooner you identify that you have a drug problem, the faster you can begin reclaiming your life through a comprehensive inpatient treatment program.

Ten Facts about Heroin You Need to Know

1. Heroin can cause serious peripheral health issues. More than almost any other drug, heroin puts you at risk for several serious health problems not directly associated with the drug itself. IV users who inject heroin are among the most likely people in the world to be stricken with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis as a result of sharing dirty, used needles.

2. Heroin was once available in a number of different consumer products. Into the early part of the 20th Century, heroin was the active ingredient in a number of different products, including cough suppressants and morphine addiction curatives.

3. Heroin can be ingested several different ways. As mentioned already, the primary ways that someone generally ingests heroin include shooting the drug into their veins with a needle, sniffing or snorting the powder form of heroin, or smoking it.

4. The way people use heroin has changed in recent years. As recently as 15 years ago, over three quarters of all heroin userstook the drug by injecting it. Today that number has shrunk to 65%, as the number of individuals snorting heroin grows.

5. Heroin is costly habit. On average, a heroin addict may spend between $150 and $250 per day on his or her habit.

If you or a loved one has developed a heroin addiction, call us help immediately. Speak confidentially with one of our caring counselor right now. Make the call. (888) 837-6577.

6. Heroin is being used in our schools. Between 2% – 3% of all high school seniors surveyed state that they will have used heroin at least once by the time they graduate the 12th grade.

7. Heroin detox is NOT rehab. Despite the claims of many facilities, heroin detox treatment is only a part of the heroin addiction recovery process. In order to break the cycle of addiction, you must address both the physical heroin dependence (through detox) and the psychological component (through counseling and aftercare).

8. There are a number of street names for heroin. There are a number of colorful slang terms associated with heroin, including: smack, “H”, horse, white horse, junk, train and chiva.

9. Heroin addiction causes heart and liver problems. Two of the most serious long-term effects of heroin addictionare heart disease and liver failure.

10. Heroin addicts rarely seek treatment on their own. A person addicted to heroin is highly unlikely to admit that he or she has a problem on their own. It is usually up to family and friends to step in and make sure the individual gets the treatment they need.

10 facts about Heroin

Is someone you love struggling? Are you struggling? We know it is scary. We can help.

Here at Honey Lake Clinic, we understand that substance abuse is a complex and dangerous mental health concern, affecting not only the one in its grip, but also others. Our experienced staff, licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatric specialists, strongly believe that faith-based treatment, encompassing mind, body and spirit, will provide you with the long-lasting tools and knowledge to find freedom from substance abuse.

A beautiful and tranquil 1300-acre lakeside setting, a safe medical environment, 24-hour nursing, doctors and psychiatric specialists, all administering care from a Christian worldview and perspective—Honey Lake Clinic is a unique solution in Christian mental health.

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