Common Heroin Addiction Symptoms

Heroin addiction symptoms may indicate you’ve developed an addiction to heroin. Beating a heroin addiction is tough without help, but White Sands Treatment Center can help

Heroin addiction takes a major toll on your mind, body, and spirit and causes serious problems in your life. If you exhibit any heroin addiction symptoms, getting professional help can help you beat a heroin addiction once and for all. Addiction is a disease and you should not worry yourself over the opinions of others while trying to get help for something you cannot help. Get your life back and leave addiction behind with the help of White Sands Treatment Center. 

How Does Heroin Addiction Develop?

Heroin produces a feeling of intense euphoria and a keen sense of well-being. When you use heroin, your brain records a memory of the pleasure. Over time, the brain may make iron-clad connections between the heroin use and the pleasure. At some point, intense cravings for heroin will begin to occur, and this is one of the signs of addiction. The cravings are produced by the same survival mechanisms that drive us to procreate and eat food to stay alive. The most common heroin addiction symptoms include the inability to stop using heroin even though it’s causing problems in your life, such as problems with the law, finances, relationships, or your health. This is the main indication that you’ve developed a heroin addiction.

Dependence and Addiction Aren’t the Same Thing

Dependence is different from addiction. Dependence develops as the brain changes the way it functions chemically in order to compensate for the presence of heroin. This leads to tolerance, which means that because of brain changes, you need increasingly larger doses of heroin to get the desired effects. Heroin produces tolerance very quickly, compared to other drugs.

At some point, brain function may shift so that your brain now functions more “normally” when heroin is present than when it’s not. Then, when you try to stop using heroin, symptoms of withdrawal set in. These can be extremely intense, and for many, the prospect of heroin withdrawal is powerful motivation to continue using heroin.

Heroin Addiction Symptoms

Substance abuse, addiction, and dependence are diagnosed under the umbrella of “substance use disorder.” A substance use disorder is diagnosed using 11 criteria. Meeting two or three criteria denotes a mild substance use disorder, while meeting four or five indicates a moderate disorder. If you meet more than six criteria, you have a severe substance use disorder.

Answer the following questions honestly to determine whether you have heroin addiction symptoms.

In the past year, have you:

  1. Taken increasingly larger amounts of heroin and taken it for longer than you intended?
  2. Wanted to cut down or quit but found you were unable to?
  3. Spent a lot of time and energy obtaining heroin?
  4. Experienced intense cravings for heroin?
  5. Neglected responsibilities at home, work, or school due to you heroin use?
  6. Continued to use heroin even though it caused social or interpersonal problems?
  7. Lost interest in hobbies and other activities you once enjoyed?
  8. Taken risks while under the influence of heroin or while obtaining it, or used it in hazardous situations?
  9. Continued using heroin even though it was causing mental or physical health problems?
  10. Developed a tolerance for heroin so that more was needed to get the same effects?
  11. Experienced symptoms of withdrawal when you stopped using heroin?

Treatment Helps End Heroin Addiction

If you have heroin addiction symptoms, a high quality treatment program through White Sands Treatment Center can get you safely and comfortably through heroin withdrawal and help you beat your addiction for the long-term as well as repair the damage done to your life.

Through a variety of traditional and complementary treatment therapies, a holistic treatment plan will help you find purpose and meaning in a life without heroin as well as help you learn how to have fun and relax in healthy ways. Beating a heroin addiction isn’t easy, but then, neither is being addicted to heroin. If you’re ready to reclaim your life and restore your health and well-being, contact us today to talk about treatment.

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.