IV drug users face significantly increased risk for infectious diseases such as HIV.
Skin infections are very common in IV drug users.
Repeated intravenous drug use can cause inflammation of the interior lining of the heart which is known as endocarditis.
Injecting drugs greatly increases the risk of overdose.
IV drug use can cause permanent scaring.
The first step of drug addiction treatment is detoxification or ridding the body of the drug. This is a process that needs to be done gradually, with the help of a medical professional – rather than quitting cold turkey. Gradually weaning off the drug will ease your withdrawal symptoms. Detoxification is also never to be used as a complete treatment remedy – it should be the first step of a long-term treatment plan for recovery. Detox should be followed by either inpatient or outpatient treatment, consisting of behavioral therapy and/or medication.
Behavioral therapy is an important part of addiction recovery. Behavioral therapy can be used in an inpatient or outpatient setting depending on the individual’s needs.
Some commonly used behavioral therapies for addiction treatment include:
Medication can be helpful in addiction treatment when used alongside behavioral therapy.
Many of the drugs’ people use intravenously are opioids, such as heroin. Opioid addiction can be treated with certain medications, such as: