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Heroin Rehab in Seattle, WA

Heroin is a growing epidemic in this country, and it is now being used by adolescents as young as 12 years old. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs available, and treatment requires skilled, experienced professionals able to manage the physical and emotional damage caused by heroin use. Island Assessment and Counseling offers heroin rehab for the residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, and the surrounding areas.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid derived from morphine.

  • Brown or white powder
  • Black tar heroin is a sticky, dark substance
  • Street names are smack, dope, junk, and horse
  • Speedball is a combination of heroin and crack cocaine
  • Injected, snorted or smoked

Effects of Heroin

Heroin quickly enters the brain to give the user an immediate high. Once it enters the brain, heroin changes into morphine. The parts of the brain stimulated by heroin include those responsible for breathing, blood pressure, and arousal. Initially, a person will feel a pleasurable “rush,” followed by:

  • Heaviness in the feet or hands
  • Transitioning between consciousness and semi-consciousness (“on the nod”)
  • Dry mouth
  • Flushing skin
  • Unclear mental functioning

Long-term use of heroin leads to:

  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Collapsed veins
  • Pneumonia and other diseases affecting the lungs
  • Damage to the heart valves and lining, including infection
  • Stomach cramps
  • Constipation
  • Abscesses

Why Seek Treatment for Heroin Use?

Heroin is considered addictive after just the first use, so anyone who begins to use the drug should seek treatment to prevent the abuse and addiction from spiraling out of control. Withdrawing from heroin presents a unique set of challenges because the withdrawal can be painful. Many people try to quit using heroin, but find that they can only alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal by using heroin. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal are:

  • Leg twitches and other uncontrolled movements
  • Pain in the bones and muscles
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe cravings for the drug
  • Goosebumps and feeling cold
  • Being unable to sleep

What is Heroin Abuse?

Because of its highly addictive nature, even one-time heroin use should be considered heroin abuse. A person may become emotionally and physically dependent on the drug very quickly.

What are the Signs of Heroin Abuse?

In addition to the general signs of drug abuse, heroin presents other specific signs:

  • Intolerance to cold
  • Being out of breath
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Having dry mouth
  • Dressing in heavy clothing during warm weather (to overcome feeling cold)
  • Very small pupils
  • Unexplained weight loss

How Much Does Heroin Rehab Cost in Seattle?

Heroin is a serious problem that requires safe and effective interventions, so we want to make our services available to as many people as possible. Island Assessment and Counseling accepts most insurance plans. You can pay for your portion of the cost with cash or credit cards. If you are uninsured or need help with your out-of-pocket expenses, we offer in-house payment plans.

Why Choose Island Assessment and Counseling for Heroin Rehab

Island Assessment and Counseling offers addicts:

  • More than 22 years’ experience
  • State-approved facility for holistically-based programs
  • Staff includes Certified Counselors, Licensed Counselors, and Chemical Dependency Counselors
  • Evidence-based practices, such as 12-step, motivational and cognitive behavioral therapy

Heroin is one of the most damaging drugs available, but you can overcome your dependence on the drug. Island Assessment and Counseling, conveniently located in Seattle and Oak Harbor, is a highly-rated counseling center serving the residents of Washington State. Our evidence-based programs help those who struggle with heroin use and need heroin rehab, dual diagnosis treatment and addiction treatment programs. Please contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.


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