Heroin addiction carries some of the highest risks of disease, chronic substance abuse disorder and death. Whether you or a family member is the one dealing with heroin addiction, the chances are you’re exhausted and confused. Drug dependence causes turmoil for the individual with the problem, as well as a great deal of worry for the people who are closest to them. The cyclical nature of addiction can make you feel there’s no way out. Rest assured, substance abuse disorders can be treated and overcome. If you identify with this description, it’s time to explore if heroin rehab could help you to change your life. Here, we hope you’ll find some of the most helpful information about this deadly addiction, so your recovery journey can begin.

If you or a loved one need help now please call 844-254-9664 or visit our admissions page to learn more about getting started at our heroin rehab in Fort Myers, Florida.

Calusa Recovery is a men’s luxury rehabilitation center in Florida. When you choose to begin your recovery journey with us, you’re given the chance for a fresh start, free from the shackles of drug abuse. Our community-focused facility is unique in its approach. Our routine includes group and individual therapy, outings, adventure therapy, family sessions and life-skills focused groups. Each attendee is allocated a personal case manager and a treatment plan customized to their needs.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

Heroin is an opioid naturally made from the poppy plant. As heroin is a schedule one substance, doctors would argue that there is no recreational or casual way to use it. What can happen with heroin abuse, however, is the addict becoming highly adept at hiding their affliction. Although a stigma surrounds heroin use, the truth is it can happen to any person from any background. The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports over 800,000 Americans using heroin in the past year, that’s higher than the entire population of Washington DC. Recognizing the symptoms of substance dependence is the first step to making the change that could give you your future back. Some of the telltale signs include:

Heroin’s Physical Addiction Signs

  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Blue fingernails or lips
  • Constipation
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Labored breathing
  • Track marks/needle marks
  • Itching
  • Chills
  • Anxiety

Heroin’s Behavioral Addiction Signs

  • Slow cognition
  • Lack of coordination
  • Mood swings
  • Nervously covering parts of the body
  • Changes in friendship groups
  • Destructive behavior
  • Loss of social circle in favor of other drug users
  • Compulsive drug use to prevent withdrawal
  • Failure to meet commitments at work, school or home
  • Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Financial issues such as debt and theft

The long-term effects of heroin addiction ultimately attack the brain’s physiology, causing lasting chemical and hormonal imbalances that can severely impact mental health and be a challenge to reverse. The sooner treatment is sought, the better. 

Paraphernalia Used by Heroin Addicts

  • Syringes
  • Metal spoons
  • Bottle caps
  • Cans
  • Tinfoil
  • Lighters
  • Pipes
  • Hollowed-out pen cases
  • Cut-up drinking straws

Along with physical and behavioral signs, it’s also valuable to recognize the tools or ‘drug paraphernalia’ that heroin users may keep nearby. Metal spoons and bottle caps are used to transform powdered heroin into a liquid for shooting or smoking. Water is mixed with the white or brown-ish substance then ‘cooked’ using a lighter to heat the metal. 

Small wax paper or foil squares serve as containers to transport the powdered form of heroin. Razor blades are then used to “cut” heroin powder into lines on a glass surface for easy consumption. Straws, empty pen sleeves and rolled dollar bills are used to snort the heroin off the surface.

Heroin Withdrawal

As heroin use continues the body rapidly builds up a tolerance to the drug, driving the user  to try to recapture the high they first experienced. These actions can include using more frequently, using a higher quantity, combining drugs or changing how they consume the drug. Someone who once thought they would never be desperate enough to resort to needles, can easily find their reservations overcome by the desperate cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms.

Heroin withdrawal symptoms

  • Flu-like symptoms (fever, runny nose, chills)
  • Tremors
  • Profuse sweating
  • Loose stool (diarrhea)
  • Severe muscle cramping
  • Intense body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Sleeplessness
  • Mood swings

Heroin withdrawal timeline

The timeline for dealing with drug abuse withdrawal symptoms (specific to heroin) varies based on the individual and their usage history, but generally plays out within one week. 

  • Day 1  Withdrawal symptoms are visibly present 7-10 hours after the last dose of heroin,
  • Days 1-3 The drug withdrawal cycle peaks during this time. 
  • Days 5-7 The worst of the withdrawal is over and symptoms begin to taper.

Heroin Addiction Treatment Options in Florida

We are proud to offer outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment programs, as well as sober living houses close to the beach in sunny Florida. Our team of addiction specialists is dedicated to giving you the care, support and guidance required to begin your journey of recovery.

Outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment

Outpatient treatment is usually the next level program after residential treatment, giving you the freedom to attend commitments such as work or school. Intensive outpatient care is a more focused program that involves up to four meetings each week during the first phase. Both levels of care last between 8 and 16 weeks, depending on your individual requirements. For at least the first four weeks of drug rehab, you’ll also receive two individual sessions a week with one of our expert addiction therapists.

At Calusa, we believe that recovery involves being social and getting active. That’s why we’re champions of experiential therapy. Some of the activities we’d love to get you involved with include:

  • Sporting events
  • Beach days
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kiteboarding
  • Sailing
  • Paintball
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking

Sober Living Homes

We also provide recovery residencies that serve as traditional sober living houses. Our state-of-the-art facility is accredited by the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. This is the integral middle step between rehab and independence. These clean, safe environments offer the routine and structure required to help young men transition back to fulfilled, clean and sober lives. With sprawling outdoor spaces and plush decor inside, we attend group therapy as well as enjoy cookouts and socializing together.

Heroin Addiction Rehab FAQs

Is going to a heroin rehab center necessary for recovery?

You should seek care in a clinic that’s equipped with the necessary resources and a team with the expertise to treat opioid addictions. We wouldn’t recommend trying to deal with this addiction without the assistance of specialists. Effective treatment often begins with a stint in rehab. This gives you a host of tools and coping mechanisms to avoid relapse, as well as an increased understanding of the mechanisms that have caused your addiction.

Is heroin addiction deadly?

Yes. Addiction to heroin carries some of the highest risks of disease, chronic substance abuse disorder and death. The use of needles means the sufferer is particularly vulnerable to contagious illnesses and infections. When you use the drug, your central nervous system slows down, leaving your breath and heart rate at a dangerously low level. Just remember that you can overcome this illness and reclaim control over your future.

Does rehabilitation cure addiction?

While attending a bespoke adventure therapy course at our Fort Myers, Florida treatment center is the ideal first step on your journey to long-term recovery, rehab is not a cure for heroin addiction. We guide you through the most difficult early stages of the process. Our therapists teach you coping strategies as well as an understanding of what’s caused your affliction to enable you to overcome it.

Seeking Treatment for Heroin Abuse

Anyone struggling with this condition should seek care in a clinic that’s equipped with the necessary resources and expertise to treat opioid addictions like heroin and the other occurring disorders that often accompany it. Effective treatment for heroin abuse may include detox, followed by inpatient or outpatient rehab. Individual and group therapy will ensure the user has a host of tools and coping mechanisms to avoid relapse, as well as an increased understanding of the triggers that have caused the addiction in the first place.

If you are addicted to heroin or love someone who is, Calusa Recovery’s heroin treatment center in Fort Myers, Florida gives you a homelike environment where you receive individually tailored treatment and learn the vital skills needed for long-term recovery. If you’re ready to seek help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team of experts at 844-254-9664.