First, let’s talk about symptoms of heroin and opiate drug addiction. Fewer doses of the opiate substance cause euphoria, increased and benevolent mood, contentment, compassion, courage, a sense of heroism. Mimic is more expressive. The most characteristic symptom of the abuse of opiates (heroin, morphine) is narrowed pupils and pale skin. It is also common to experience difficulty with breathing and reduced fever. Higher doses of heroin cause drowsiness, slowing down, relaxation, calmness.
Heroin overdose is characterized by narrowing of the pupils, low blood pressure (hypotension), spasm of the digestive system and reduced body temperature, wet and sticky skin, severe breathing, loss of consciousness, coma, and death from the paralysis that can occur instantly or after a few hours.
Change in personality
Some of the symptoms of heroin addiction is a sudden change in character and behavior, a person becomes imprisoned. The addict becomes irresponsible in commitments, runs away from classes or lectures, returns home later than usual. More and more lying, cunning, conscience, morality and compassion slowly disappears.
The signs of addiction and behavioral dependence are more important than symptoms because the addict is often successful in hiding heroin and other opiates for several years. The safest tool for diagnosis is the urine test that can be done by everyone and can be bought in every drug store.
Dangers of heroin dependence and other opiates are sudden death from overdose, infection with hepatitis C, B, and HIV viruses, the forced criminal way of life and destructive impact on offspring due to drug toxicity.
Successful results of the treatment depend on three most important factors
The correctly chosen drug treatment method that exactly matches the biological and psychological characteristics of an individual. When choosing a method, the stage and degree of narcotic dependence, the age, and duration of the disease, the substances consumed as well as their dosages, the health status and the personality characteristics of the individual are compulsorily taken into account. There are also many other factors that are taken into account.
A properly selected special hospital for the treatment of addiction illness that successfully applies the method for the treatment of drug addiction in each individual case.
The willingness of the individual to pass the entire program by supporting the cooperation with the doctor and after the hospital treatment stage.
Nowadays, there are treatment options for opiate dependence that deliver much more successful results than traditional therapeutic programs. There are modern methods of treating psychic drug addiction with the elimination of the desire for drug use during rehabilitation.
Stages of the treatment (withdrawal from psychoactive substances)
There are six stages of this treatment. First, there is a diagnosis of the psychological and somatic condition, then detoxification – cleaning the organism from narcotics without any problems and under medical supervision. After that, the person goes through treatment of sleep and mood disorder. The next step is to control and eliminate desire, and relaxation with medications, psychotherapy, and special blockers. The final stage is social rehabilitation after hospital treatment.