Heroin comes in the form of a powder or a tar-like substance and is the most abused and fastest acting of all the opiates. It can be taken in a number of ways, including injection into veins or muscles, smoking, inhalation or snorting.?
This drug works by affecting the pleasure systems of the brain and interfering with its pain-perception ability. In the short term, heroin abusers experience a pleasurable sensation when the heroin enters the brain. This sensation is usually accompanied by a warm feeling, along with nausea, vomiting, absence of pain and depressed respiration.?
The long-term effects of taking heroin include a range of debilitating illnesses such as collapsed veins, bacterial infections, arthritis, heart infections, and an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B and C. Addiction itself produces changes in the brain, which reinforce the dangerous pattern of dependence and abuse.?
As with any addictive drug, the heroin user becomes focused solely on obtaining more heroin by any means, leading them to neglect their families, friends and careers, and frequently leading them into trouble with the police and other agencies.
The symptoms associated with withdrawal from heroin addiction can be difficult to cope with. They can include an increase in heart rate, heart attack, abnormal heart beat, convulsions, insomnia, cold sweats, nausea and vomiting, muscle and bone pain, stroke, suicidal behaviour, extreme depression, rapid blood pressure increases and diarrhoea. Although the most serious withdrawal symptoms subside around a week after the last heroin dose, in some cases, craving and withdrawal symptoms can persist for months.?
It is possible for heroin addicts to make a fresh start. Heroin addiction is an illness that becomes worse over time, and as with any other illness, the longer you leave it before seeking help, the harder it is to treat. If you or someone you know is suffering from a heroin addiction, get help today. Call us to book an assessment or request a callback. We have the expertise to offer the heroin addiction treatment that will help you to recover and lead a healthy, happy life.