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Evidence-based Treatment for Teen Heroin Use

If you suspect your teenager is using or has developed a heroin addiction, it is imperative to seek professional help before it’s too late. Without the proper medical attention, using heroin puts teens at risk for a variety dangers, including overdose. 

At our accredited adolescent rehabilitation center, our team of board-certified medical doctors, therapists, nurses and more specialize in treating teens struggling with substance abuse. When your teen arrives at our facility, they will be assessed by our medical staff and provided an individualized treatment plan based on their unique needs, background and circumstances. If a heroin detox is necessary, our medical team will ensure your teenager is safe and comfortable throughout the entire process.

If your teenager is using heroin, call Teen Treatment Center today: (844) 319-5239.  We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have and begin the admission process. All consultations are confidential and free. 

Signs of Heroin Use and Heroin Withdrawal

Along with the typical signs of substance abuse, such as a change in friends or sudden problems at school, there are unique signs and symptoms linked to heroin abuse. 

Depending on the way an individual intakes the drug, you may find the following drug paraphernalia in their bedroom: needles, pipes, burnt spoons, rubber tubing or elastic bands. There are also many street names for heroin you may have heard or seen your teen use, such as: brown sugar, china white, dope, H, horse, junk, skag, skunk, smack, or white horse.

In addition, the most common physical and behavioral signs of heroin use include: 

  • Dry mouth
  • Flushed skinTeen Drug Trends: Heroin Statistics
  • Constricted pupils
  • Suddenly falling asleep
  • Slow breathing
  • Loss of self-control
  • Itching
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory loss

Once the high has worn off, the user will start showing signs of heroin withdrawal, which can occur as early as a couple hours following the last drug intake. The common heroin withdrawal symptoms consist of:  

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Cold flashes with chills
  • Throwing up
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Kicking movements
  • Strong craving for the drug
What does heroin look like?
What does heroin look like? While the drug can be smoked, the powder form is often heated into a liquid and injected.

If your teen is showing any of the above signs, call us immediately at (844) 319-5239.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

Dangers of Teen Heroin Use

Heroin is part of the highly addictive class of drugs called opioids or opiates. Opiates also exist in prescription drug form, most commonly used as painkillers. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Nearly half of young people who inject heroin surveyed in three recent studies reported abusing prescription opioids before starting to use heroin.” Of those surveyed, many reported turning to heroin because it is more easily accessible and cheaper than prescription opioids. 

Sadly, it is not uncommon for those using heroin to develop dependence or a full-blown addiction. It also has many negative side effects, including: 

  • Abscesses
  • High risk of obtaining infectious diseases (HIV and HCV)
  • Collapsed veins
  • Infection of the heart
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Overdose

To avoid the above dangers of heroin use, your teenager must be treated by experienced professionals. Trying to quit heroin “cold turkey” is not only dangerous, but also ineffective and leaves teens at high risk for relapse. 

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Effective Heroin Treatment for Teenagers

Our abstinence-focused treatment programs will help your teen overcome their heroin abuse, have a controlled, safe withdrawal process, and any underlying issues contributing to their behavior. Recognizing a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, our staff will create an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your teen’s psychological, physical and emotional needs. Some of the evidence-based treatments and services that are incorporated into our treatment plans include:   

If your teen is using heroin, or any other drugs, delaying treatment could but their life at risk. It’s time to get your teenager the help they not only need, but deserve. Our admissions counselors are available around-the-clock: (844) 319-5239

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