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Heroin is an opiate, a category of drugs derived from an opium plant. Opiates are generally used for relaxation, sedation, sleep and pain relief. Heroin addiction is one of the most dangerous diseases. Heroin addiction does not discriminate, given the "right" set of circumstances, anyone can be susceptible to heroin addiction. Once addicted, it is nearly impossible to find recovery without help. Heroin comes in many forms from black tar to brown or white powder. Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected. The type of heroin and how it is used depends on location, exposure, strength and the risks the user is willing to take.

The majority of heroin users do not start their addiction to opiates with heroin. Since opiates are painkillers, many doctors, dentists, and emergency room physicians prescribe these medications. Usually, the prescribed amount is fine, in fact many people take the opiate pill and find it makes them feel sick. Unfortunately, in a small number of people they find that each day requires an increased dose to provide the desired effect. Soon, the pills run out and the teen will need to seek them from another source. This pattern often continues until the teen runs out of money and develops a high tolerance, forcing them to go into street opiates like heroin. Some start as recreational users, using heroin occasionally or when it is available. Heroin is an incredibly physically addictive drug and if it is used even a few times in a row, there may be no turning back as the human body craves and demands more.

However the addiction started, getting help is extremely important. The first step in getting help is recognizing that there is a problem. If you are worried about seeing signs of heroin addiction in your teen or adolescent, please get help immediately. Due to the physical grip that heroin addiction has on the body, finding a profession detoxification facility and treatment center is imperative. At Center for Discovery, our professional and caring staff will take care of your teen. We want to help your teen get started on the road to recovery. Call us today at 800-760-3934.

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Some of the signs that your teen has a heroin addiction

•  Appetite many change, along with gradual or dramatic weight loss, and sometimes, weight gain
•  Insomnia, or a drastically altered sleep pattern may emerge. The person suspected of drug abuse may claim to never get enough sleep, always be tired and will complain of staying awake until abnormal hours of the night.
•  An obvious sign of heroin addiction is needle injection scars on the forearms and other areas, or red and white fingernail size "bubbles" on the skin.
•  Shaking or cold and clammy hands and legs is a side effect, as is slower reaction time in movement and speech.
•  Eyes may appear red or extremely bright with completely dilated "pin-prick" pupils, also common is a glassy or blank stare.
•  Behavioral signs of drug use include changes at work or school such as missing classes or work, frequent lateness, declining grades and negative reports from coworkers or superiors.
•  Behavior will probably become irrational, with the drug user sneaking around often, and making excuses for missed events, late papers and poor work performance.
•  The person will probably become more irritable, very irrational and angry, and probably feels scared and alone.
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