Four Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Four Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Understanding drug addiction becomes more complicated because not all drugs are the same.  You may hear terms like opioids, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and more to describe the kinds of drugs that are used.  You may also hear different names for the same drug and terms for combining drugs. Once you get past what the drug is and what it might be called, it’s time to look for the signs that someone is on a particular drug. At Laguna View Detox, we can help you understand the different drugs and how to talk about them.  More importantly, we can help you or your loved one find a way to be free of them. 

Heroin Explained

Heroin is classified as an opioid drug and is made from morphine. Heroin can be found in more than one form.  Often a white or brown powder, heroin can also be found as a black sticky substance, referred to as black tar heroin.  Heroin has many street names including big H, smack, thunder, hell dust, and horse. Heroin can be injected, smoked, sniffed, or snorted.  It can also be mixed with crack cocaine, which is known as speedballing. 

 

Four Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction

Heroin is a highly addictive drug and it can be heartbreaking to watch someone you love suffer through heroin addiction.  Using heroin can give someone a feeling of comfort and happiness while also making it feel like the world has slowed down.  Four signs that someone is using heroin include:

 

  • Very small pupils
  • Needle marks on the skin where the heroin was injected
  • Vomiting
  • Itchiness

 

As heroin wears off, the person might have pain in their muscles or bones, get the chills, suffer from insomnia, and be nervous.  Because coming down off of heroin is so unpleasant, users will often seek more heroin to feel better.  As more heroin is used, the user will develop a higher tolerance which will lead to the need for more heroin to feel better.  While the body becomes more dependent on heroin, the individual will find that they need to use heroin just to feel normal or not sick. At the same time, the brain is changed by using heroin. All of this adds up to increasing difficulty in quitting heroin and a vicious cycle of needing more and more of the drug to feel normal. You may notice that your loved one just looks less healthy and is much moodier. 

Heroin Overdose

Because of heroin’s effects on breathing, many people die from heroin overdoses.  Heroin overdoses happen because the strength of the drug isn’t known until it is consumed.  Overdoses also happen because individuals might start to use more and more heroin as their addiction progresses. Signs of a heroin overdose include slowed breathing, failing to wake up, slow or stopped heartbeat, inability to speak, and blue lips. If you see the signs of a heroin overdose in your loved one, call 911 immediately. Many times overdoses can successfully be treated with naloxone (Narcan) if it is given quickly enough. 

Get Help Today at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. We remain dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!  

Let Go of Anger in Addiction Recovery

let go of anger in recovery

Early recovery has often been compared to living on an emotional roller coaster.  After numbing your emotions for so long, you may not remember what it feels like to feel your feelings.  All the feelings come flooding back, and it can be challenging to manage the ups and downs. As you work to get and stay sober, you may find yourself going from happy to sad to angry to scared to depressed in just one day. All these emotions can be overwhelming until you learn how to navigate the ups and downs.  At Laguna View Detox, we arm you with the tools to work through these feelings constructively.  

How Anger Affects Your Negatively

Anger negatively impacts the body in the short-term, and this creates risks for more long-term health issues.  Certain emotions, including anger, fear, excitement, and anxiety, set off your body’s “fight or flight” response. This response floods the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.  Your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate increase as your body temperature rises, and you begin to sweat.  Your brain, readying your body, shifts blood to your muscles by moving it away from other areas like your gut and bladder.  Over the long-term, repeated anger can increase your risk for heart disease, disordered eating, diabetes, and other chronic diseases caused by inflammation

 

Anger affects more than your body.  Without an effective way to work through anger, you might find yourself losing friends, ruining relationships, losing jobs, and experiencing less happiness.  You might even find yourself committing acts of violence, which could have serious consequences. 

 

What Is Anger Management?

Anger management is more than the title of a movie.  Anger management is using or developing a process for working your way through the feelings behind your anger.  Different programs of recovery rely on different methods for dealing with anger.  Many 12-step based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous use the steps to enable you to work through your past and develop a framework for difficulties you encounter in sobriety.  

 

Smart Recovery employs “Disputing Irrational Beliefs” (DIB,) which utilizes a series of questions to help you work through your anger at something or someone.  The goal is to determine what irrational belief is behind your anger that might be changed. You may find that one of these programs works for you and/or you might also find that working with a therapist enhances your ability to manage your anger.  At Laguna View Detox, we can help you find the program that is the right fit for you while you work with our team of licensed healthcare professionals. 

Tips to Let Go of Anger in Addiction Recovery

As you find your footing in sobriety, you will be exposed to how different recovery programs suggest you work through anger.  You will also learn about various activities that you might choose to do when angry.  Many people find it helpful to talk with another person in recovery, journal, engage in physical activity, or engage in a creative activity such as painting. The goal is to work through the anger and emotions behind it rather than engage in numbing behaviors. 

 

Get Help Today at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in Southern California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas. We remain dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction! 

 

Is Drug Addiction a Mental Illness? Dual Diagnosis Explained

dual diagnosis explained

Addiction can be hard to understand.  Beyond understanding the disease, the terminology is always changing.  Is someone an alcoholic, an addict, or both?  Do they have a substance use disorder?  And, how does all of this relate to mental illness? It can be complicated and the best place to start may be in understanding the terminology.  At Laguna View Detox, we help you navigate the terminology, the disease, and any related mental health conditions. 

Addiction Explained

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by an individual repeatedly engaging in the use of a substance despite the risks or the consequences.  While we typically think of drugs when we talk about addiction, individuals may be addicted to behaviors as well.  Drug addiction is also referred to as a substance use disorder. 

 

Alcoholism Explained

Alcoholism, as defined by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is “a progressive illness which can be cured but which, like some other diseases, can be arrested.”  AA and its members view alcoholism as a combination of spiritual, emotional, and physical illness. 

 

Mental Illness Explained

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines mental illness as a “diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder of sufficient duration to cause serious functional impairment in major life activities.” SAMHSA expressly excludes substance use disorders and addiction from its definition of mental illness.  However, the National Institute of Mental Health categorizes addiction as a mental illness. So, is drug addiction a mental illness?  The short answer is it depends who you are asking. The more complex answer is that addiction and mental health disorders are interrelated.  

 

How Drug Addiction and Mental Illness Are Related

About half of those who are diagnosed with a mental illness will also experience a substance use disorder. In many cases, individuals may self-medicate their mental health disorders with drugs or alcohol. Sometimes the mental health disorder has not been diagnosed.  Other times, the individual has not been able to connect with the treatment needed including therapy and medication.  Alternatively, we may find ourselves not liking the side effects of the medications prescribed for a mental health disorder and self-medicate with alcohol or drugs instead. Often mental health disorders such as anxiety can be a factor in the substance use that leads to addiction. Likewise, substance use and addiction can contribute to the development of mental health disorders. Many times, a diagnosis cannot be made until the individual has detoxed from drugs and alcohol. 

 

Dual Diagnosis Explained

Dual diagnosis is simply a term to explain that an individual who suffers from addiction also has a co-occurring mental health disorder.  Research shows that there is a high percentage of individuals who suffer from addiction and have a mental illness. This may include depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), personality disorders, or bipolar disorders. Trauma, genetics and stress are risk factors for both addiction and mental health disorders. At Laguna View Detox, we have the resources to help you detox safely so that you can move on to identifying and addressing any co-occurring mental health disorders. 

 

Get Help Today at Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, you will get round the clock holistic care for your addiction.  We are one of the leading drug rehab centers in California. We provide luxurious, individualized inpatient rehab treatment in one of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. We remain dedicated to helping you detox safely and seeing you succeed by providing you with the care you need while you’re with us and setting you up for success with our aftercare. Contact us today and let us help you with your addiction!