Consequences of Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction has many short and long term affects. It causes breathing complexities, dry mouth, dilated pupils, slurred speech, vomiting and constipation within few hours of first taking the drug. One implication of injecting the drug through using a syringe is that it increases risk of HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis.
Over a long term after using a drug for a prolonged time period it may cause infection of valves, abscesses, cellulites and liver diseases. Street heroin may cause blood clotting of vessels as it contains additives that do not dissolve. Regular use increases the tolerance level, which means the dose to achieve the same euphoric state increases.
Identifying a Meth Addict
There are some tell tale signs of meth addiction that an addict may exhibit. If you fear that a loved one is harboring an addiction to methamphetamine then you should look out for the following signs:
- sudden weight loss
- twitching eyes
- dilated pupils
- lack of appetite
- repetitious behavior
Other than the above mentioned signs, meth addiction may also result in other forms of errant behavior. An addict can stay awake for multiple days followed by a sudden crash in which they sleep for extended periods of time. This may even be characterized by a manic phase in which they have a compulsion to obsessively clean their surroundings.
Treatment of Prescription Medication Addiction
Due to the physical dependence created by abusing prescription medication, addiction treatment begins in a residential treatment facility. The initial phase of treatment is detox. It is here, under medical supervision, that the symptoms associated with withdrawal from prescription medication are managed, reduced and some times eliminated. The average length of time spent in detox is approximately seven days. During this time, the person will be monitored medically and any psychiatric or psychological issues will be assessed.
After the person is medically stable, they are generally referred to residential treatment to complete the treatment plan designed in detox. By the time most people enter treatment for prescription medication addiction, they have created quite a bit of emotional damage to themselves and loved ones. It takes time to recover from shame, grief, guilt, and rebuild a level of trust amongst the family. Recovery in a supportive therapeutic environment eliminates many of the outside distractions and allows a person to focus on issues relating to their recovery. The length of stay is approximately twenty days and may be followed by outpatient therapy.
Because people are different and have different requirements, our Medford drug treatment program is personalized to suit your specific needs. Upon entering our center, you'll get the chance to talk to a professional member of our team concerning your addiction problem. You'll then get a physical exam by one of our doctors who will carefully diagnose your condition.
We will make sure that you are prepared for life after you complete rehab. We know you can succeed with the valuable knowledge and skills that we will give you. Don't let another minute pass you by, it could mean your life.
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- Safe Medically Supervised Detox and Rehab
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