Where to Find Help for Heroin Addiction in Tampa

How to Find Help for Heroin Addiction in Tampa

If you are suffering from drug addiction and seeking help for heroin addiction contact WhiteSands Treatment today. Addiction is a lonely disease – but it does not have to be. With support, you can do it!

What is Heroin

Morphine is a naturally occurring substance in the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine. Heroin comes in different forms such as a brown or white powder or black sticky goo. The substance can be snorted, injected, or smoked. This drug is highly addictive. Since heroin can be injected – it is important to note that the user runs a risk of contracting an infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis).

Remember that help for heroin addiction in Tampa is only a phone call away. The professionals at WhiteSands are ready to take your call now.

If you suspect someone you love of using heroin, it would be advantageous to become familiar with the slang addicts use. Be aware that people who are hooked on drugs are seldom honest about it. Be a detective if you have to – it could save their life. Some street slang for heroin includes:

  • Dope
  • Horse
  • Junk
  • Smack
  • H
  • Skag
  • Brown Sugar
  • Mud
  • Dragon
  • China White, White Lady

There are also slang terms for heroin use and abuse, including:

  • Do up
  • Channel swimmer
  • Jolly pop
  • Paper boy
  • Firing the Ack Ack gun
  • Give Wings

Just because a drug is prescribed does not bar one from becoming addicted to it. Painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin produce effects similar to those of heroin. Misusing these substances may result in addiction. Once the patient does not get the same high from the drug or the drug ceases to be prescribed, the patient may then turn to the streets in search of heroin. Help for heroin addiction in Tampa is only a phone call away!


If you have never seen someone high on heroin before, here are the short-term effects of heroin to be on the lookout for:

  • Nodding off (falling asleep, in a semi-conscious state)
  • Hands and feet feel heavy
  • Dry mouth
  • Flushed skin
  • Wave of euphoria (within seconds)
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slowed breathing (which may potentially lead to an overdose)
  • Itching
  • Nausea and vomiting

You should also be looking out for tiny baggies, burnt spoons, small glass pipes, rubber tubing, and syringes – this is evidence that the person has, indeed, been using. If you would like further guidance on how to spot a heroin addict, contact a Tampa heroin rehab facility for further assistance.

Long-term effects of heroin include:

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Constipation and cramping
  • Abscesses
  • Infection of the heart lining
  • Lung complications
  • Collapsed veins (from shooting up)

Overdose is not uncommon in heroin users. Using too much of the drug may result in a toxic reaction and cause harmful symptoms – or even death. This is not something to be taken lightly! The individual’s breathing slows (or stops) causing hypoxia to occur. If you have overdosed on heroin, please call a Tampa inpatient heroin rehab to get your life back on the right track.

Hypoxia is a condition wherein a decreased amount of oxygen reaches the brain, which can have far-reaching consequences such as brain damage and death. Please contact WhiteSands Treatment immediately if you feel you have lost control of your addiction or if you have any questions about getting clean.


Withdrawal from heroin use may begin as soon as a few hours after the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Severe cravings for heroin
  • Cold flashes
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Uncontrollable leg movements




If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.