How to Help a Loved One with Heroin Addiction

By Jennifer McDougall

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. It is a powerful opiate narcotic that causes lung, liver, kidney, and brain damage and an extreme likelihood of transmitted disease, heart attacks, and death. The increasing number of overdoses and deaths is startling, and families everywhere are searching to find help for a loved one struggling with this challenging addiction. If someone you know is struggling with a heroin addiction, the first thing to do is to talk to them and ask as many questions as you can to help them uncover why they feel the need to use this harmful substance to escape from reality. Then, talk to them and be supportive as best you can. This is a painful process, but there is hope, and that’s where we come in.

We do not believe that drug and alcohol dependency is a disease at Passages. Instead, we believe it is the result of one or more of the following four causes:

  1. Chemical imbalance
  2. Unresolved events from the past
  3. Beliefs you hold are inconsistent with what is true.
  4. Inability to cope with current conditions

Detoxing from heroin can be extremely dangerous, and we do not recommend that you do it at home. Instead, the best possible way to help someone you know who is struggling with heroin addiction is to get them to a reliable and safe treatment center as soon as possible.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone aches and pains
  • Cold flashes
  • Fever
  • Involuntary kicking
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Craving for more heroin
  • Muscle cramping
  • Overall, discomfort and restlessness

A heroin detox must be supervised by a medical professional. At Passages, we offer several different treatment options that best suit the needs of the individual who is currently suffering. Our job is to ensure the safety, confidentiality, and security of every person who enters one of our treatment centers. We know that this is difficult for everyone involved.

What is the Admission Process at Passages?

  • A free 1-on-1 consultation with an addiction professional
  • Free Insurance Verification
  • Confidentiality Guaranteed
  • Select a customized program with an admissions professional.
  • Arrange a date to be admitted
  • Call (888) 397-0112 to get started.

Non-12-Step Addiction Rehab at Passages

Passages Malibu is an alternative to traditional rehab that provides a holistic, client-centered approach to addiction treatment. Find lasting healing through our model of care and experiential therapies. You will uncover the root causes of your addiction, and we will provide you with tools for lifelong sobriety and change. We can help you turn your life around and find hope again. Call 888–438–0596 today for more information.

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