Heroin use in has increased among both women and men, across most age groups, touching people at all income levels. In fact, some of the demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use experienced some of the greatest increases in recent years.

Continued use of Heroin leads to psychological habituation and physical dependence, a state where your body needs opioid drugs on a regular basis just to maintain normal functioning; missing a dose precipitates a cascade of opiate withdrawal symptoms which can be quite severe and extremely painful. You’ve “caught a habit,” and become addicted.

Heroin symptoms include feelings of euphoria, increased pain tolerance, drowsiness, occasional nausea, and even slowed breathing. Continued use of heroin also causes “tolerance,” wherein those battling heroin dependence, will need more and more heroin just to achieve the same initial effects. Tolerance is the same mechanism that causes cravings and heroin withdrawal symptoms—which are among the most severe of any drug.

Side-Effects of Heroin:

Most people know that heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs because of its addictive potential. There are also short- and long-term effects of the drug, as well as indirect risks that can be life-threatening.

Other symptoms of heroin addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Slurred speech
  • Paranoia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Collapsed veins
  • Severe itchiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea and vomiting

Treatment for Heroin Addiction:

This is why we at Health Republic offer such a complete supportive package to maximize your chances at successful, long-term recovery. We help you process and integrate your recovery, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually — not just physically — so you have the best possible chance of maintaining your newfound sobriety and successfully navigating the nuanced and complex spectrum of issues that newly-clean individuals must face. We know heroin detox is a challenge. We are here to help you make it work.