Heroin Dependency

Heroin produces an intense high which does not last long. An opioid and morphine derivative, the drug gives users a sense of euphoria followed by drowsiness, sedation and feelings of warmth. Users will need increasing dosages of the drug to maintain this high, however, and dependency will quickly and inevitably develop. Abuse and addition can have devastating consequences to your health which have an early onset, and continued use can easily result in overdose and accidental death.

An untreated heroin addiction has many dangers. In addition to the high risk of overdose, users who buy heroin on the streets cannot know the concentration of the drug they are buying or taking or whether the drug has other substances which could further harm their health. These factors make breaking a dependency even more difficult and will require users to have medically-supervised detox followed immediately by comprehensive rehab.

Recent studies prove the critical need for detox and rehab if you have a heroin problem. Between 2001 and 2014, overdose deaths have quadrupled, and the drug has killed more than 10,000 users annually. It also doesn’t appear these trends are temporary or will decrease. Bayview Recovery can help you avoid becoming a part of these tragic statistics, offering one of the most comprehensive and accessible recovery programs anywhere.

Heroin Abuse’s Short-term Effects

Side effects from short-term heroin use vary by how much of the drug you have taken and for how long. Generally, however, the symptoms you can expect include:

  • slower than normal heart rate
  • slower than normal breathing
  • lower than normal body temperature
  • cyanotic (blue) extremities
  • nausea and vomiting
  • confusion
  • constricted pupils
  • sensitivity to light
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • itchiness

Heroin Abuse’s Long-term Effects

Long-term heroin abuse comes with severe and life-threatening symptoms which frequently include:

  • brain damage from prolonged lack of oxygen
  • memory issues
  • anxiety
  • isolation
  • depression
  • emotional numbness
  • sleeping issues and insomnia
  • cardiovascular problems
  • irreversible liver and kidney damage
  • hepatitis-induced cancer
  • tooth and gum decay
  • decreased appetite and malnutrition
  • chronic constipation
  • excoriated skin resulting in abscesses, infections and sores
  • reduced sexual desire and function
  • immune system impairment and increased illnesses
  • weakness and sedation

Heroin’s Withdrawal Symptoms

Heroin withdrawal presents a wide array of symptoms that vary with the length and intensity of your habit. If you have very severe symptoms, medically-assisted treatment can help increase your comfort and enhance the success of your rehab.

Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • hypertension
  • rapid heart rate
  • respiratory issues
  • emotional numbness
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramps
  • a runny nose
  • chills and sweats
  • body aches
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • concentration difficulties
  • fatigue
  • insomnia

Effective Rehab from Heroin Begins at Bayview Recovery

Recovering from a heroin addiction can be challenging, even with help; but it is not impossible. First, you must detox, and Bayview Recovery can assist in this process. However, to end your dependency and enjoy a drug-free life, you will need rehab — but not all rehab programs are the same, just like not all addictions are the same.

In fact, you shouldn’t settle for any rehab treatment that isn’t highly-individualized, and Bayview Recovery has one of the most intensive and personally focussed rehab programs in the country. Our broad treatment modalities and high staff-to-patient ratio allow us to deliver high-quality, highly-personalized care so you can get the most effective recovery possible quickly and get on with your life.

Get in touch with one of Bayview Recovery’s specialists today. You can reach one at 888.570.7154. Don’t let your heroin addiction define you. You can break free from heroin and set a course for your life that doesn’t depend on substances. Joy and health are possible, and you can get there with Bayview Recovery. We’ll stand behind you until you no longer need us to.