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Heroin is an extremely addictive depressant and illicit street drug derived from morphine naturally occurring in opium. Heroin and all opiate abuse can lead to a life of dependency that necessitates drug addiction rehabilitation intervention programs. Opiates are fast acting and build up a tolerance for use over time. This means the addicted drug user requires an ever-increasing dose for the same results.

The Action Recovery Group drug rehab offers information on heroin addiction and abuse to aid individuals and loved ones with heroine struggles.  For those seeking drug addiction treatment and recovery from heroin use, we encourage you to call the Action Recovery Group alcohol and drug rehab center at 801-475-HOPE today.

About Heroin

Heroin is a depressant drug that is refined from morphine, a natural occurring substance found in the Asian opium poppy plant. It is extremely addictive and most often a drug of choice often preferred by drug users because of its fast acting properties. Heroin appears in the form of white and brown powders or as a dark brown or black liquid tar-like substance.In 2011 an estimated 4.2 Americans age 12 or older had used heroin at least once. Opiates have been used for sedation purposes for centuries. Users find a sense of relaxation and euphoria followed by extreme drowsiness and lethargy.

Heroin is either injected into the blood stream via needles, or it is sniffed or smoked. Drug abusers often seek a faster effect through intravenous injection which leaves the addict with “track” marks.

Some Slang Terms

Street names for heroine include:

  • Dope
  • Dragon
  • Horse
  • “H”
  • Black
  • Skag
  • Junk
  • Mud
  • Smack
  • Tar

Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

Heroin use build dependency and addiction. Loved ones and associates may begin to notice changes in behavior and appearance in users. Heroin addicts both leave and show signs of their addiction in some of the following ways:

Physical Signs

Sudden changes in behavior, disorientation, constricted pupils, dry mouth, shortness of breath, appearance of chronic fatigue, slurred or garbled speech, cyclical hyper-awareness or alertness followed by drowsiness. Needle or “track” marks on arms or legs.

Extended periods of sleeping, heaviness of extremities and droopy appearance in facial features, chronic runny nose, weight loss, and for women loss of menstrual cycles; all are common physical features of heroin drug addiction.

Other Signs

Loss of motivation and lack of interest in goals and achievement, loss of interest in hobbies, lying and deception, poor eye to eye contact, poor hygiene and lack of care in appearance, sloppiness, anger and easy agitation may become signs of drug abuse. Stealing money and valuables, sudden and uncharacteristic poor performance in work or school, and withdrawing from family and long time friends, are all signs which have been exhibited in heroin addicts.

Evidence of Heroin Use

The tell-tale evidence of drug paraphernalia used to sniff, smoke, or inject heroin include:

  • Needles and syringes
  • Aluminum foil with burn marks
  • Silver spoons with burn marks
  • Small water or crack pipes
  • Small plastic bags with white powder residue

The Brain and Addiction

Heroin converts to morphine in the brain and binds to molecules which interact with the opioid receptors. These opioid receptors trigger reward and pain mediation responses. A “rush” accompanies the chemical changes in the brain—more intense through intravenous injection— but because it is a depressant, heroin makes the user drowsy for hours after its use.  Heroin use can be deadly by slowing down normal body functions, such as heart rate and breathing. Overdosing is not uncommon by both long-term users and casual abusers of heroin.

The mixing of other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, barbiturates, and prescription drugs derived from opium such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, may exacerbate the situation of casual use to permanent dependency. This temptation to mix drugs stems from a desire either for a quicker effect on the brain and to avoid withdrawal symptoms which can be intensely painful. This has further led to high rates of accidental overdose and death even among casual first time users.

Health and Lasting Effects

Collapsed veinsAddiction and dependency to heroin is the goal of all drug dealers and easily achieved among heroin users.  Life changing events common among heroin and other drug abusers include loss of family and other relationships, employment, and even criminal records from theft and possession related charge make life a living hell. But real physical ailments are also created with long-lasting and deadly consequences. They include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Infectious Disease such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV/Aids contracted through shared needles
  • Circulatory and Cardiac Damage
  • Lung and Respiratory Failure
  • Sudden death from cardiac arrest or respiratory failure


Addicts to heroin can expect pain and suffering accompanied by the withdrawal of heroin and other opiates from the body. The symptoms of withdrawal peak within one to two days after stopping the use of opiates. The withdrawal symptoms and pains may last for many days after. That is why a professional drug rehab program, as provided by the Action Recovery Group, is vital for successful and full withdrawal of the addicting substances.  Some of the symptoms and side effects from heroin withdrawal include:

  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Body aches and pains
  • Chills and associated “goose bumps”
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Severe headaches
  • Cramps

Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Addicts with a strong desire to stop using heroin and other addictive drugs find it extremely difficult to face these types of withdrawal symptoms and side effects alone. The Action Recovery Group has designed programs to help the addicted person. With compassion and professional medical and behavioral services the road to quitting the drug abuse cycle is possible.

Treating a heroin addiction may consist of a variety of interventions and drug rehab services. Drug rehabilitation therapies may combine short-term medications to help curb cravings and dependency with heroin. Addiction treatments include medical detoxification to treat and stabilize the patient during withdrawal.

Treatment approaches and programs most often include behavioral services and also psychological therapies to address the underlying addiction challenges. The Action Recovery Group recognizes that integration of therapies, personalized behavioral programs, and medicines, are all in play for patient recovery.

Impulses and cravings for heroin can be long term and relapses to addictive behaviors are not uncommon. It is important to note that a long-term support plan and program is most often successful for the full recovery process. Moderating a patient’s living conditions, involvement in rehab programs such as 12-step groups, and outpatient treatment are all considered customary for full drug rehabilitation and recovery.

Action Recovery Group Drug Rehab

The drug rehab program at Action Recovery Group in Ogden is a full service addiction treatment center. Compassionate treatment and rehabilitation through all stages including a full relapse intervention plan accompany every patient’s care at the facility. Healing and recovery for heroin addiction sufferers is real. It begins with a call to the Action Recovery Group drug rehab center in Ogden, Utah. Please call us at 801-475-4673.