Addiction is complex and kicking a heroin addiction can be difficult. Heroin is an opiate that causes psychological, physical, and social implications and can result in overdose and death. Heroin is very addictive and extremely harmful. After just one use, a person can develop an addiction to heroin.

A person builds a tolerance to heroin each time he or she uses it. This usually leads to taking more of it, more often to achieve the same intense high as the first time. As a person uses more heroin and more often, the risk of overdose or death becomes more possible.

Recovery does happen. Matt Bradley, of Deadliest Catch, is a former heroin user and in long-term recovery under nearly impossible conditions. Heroin took him to some very dark places. Now, instead of using drugs or alcohol, he is giving his time to service and helping others. Matt is actively in a 12-step program and uses this opportunity to “share the message that anyone can make it to recovery,” he said to Huffington Post.

Before going to a treatment program, a person must detox to eliminate all toxins for their body. Detox for heroin addiction should not be attempted alone. The withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. Medication-assisted detox allows a medical professional to monitor the process and prescribe medication such as Methadone or Suboxone, to lessen withdrawals from heroin. Some withdrawal symptoms include depression, strong cravings, sweats, chills, sleeplessness, nausea and suicidal thoughts.

Heroin addiction affects everything in a person’s life. Relationships with loved ones are destroyed, physical and mental health is compromised, and jobs are at risk. Heroin interferes with responsibilities and time spent with loved ones. As the addiction progresses, the individual’s physical appearance deteriorates and psychological well-being diminishes.

Recovery is possible. Many people recover from heroin addiction and proceed to live healthy, sober, and fulfilling lives. Do not wait another day to re-claim your life, mend relationships with loved ones, and improve physical and mental health.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services is an exclusive experience for individuals who truly want a change and specializes in treatment for addiction. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151

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