Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the United States today. This opioid, derived from the Asian poppy plant, has created an epidemic that is sweeping across the nation. Addiction can start almost immediately, and withdrawal can be difficult. Below, we will discuss the long term effects of heroin and how you can recover from heroin addiction.
The Long Term Effects of Heroin
Everyone has receptors in the brain called mu opioid receptors or MORs. The main job of these receptors is to regulate pain. The brain also has neurotransmitters that will bind to these receptors to regulate acute or chronic pain as well as general feelings of well-being. These receptors also help regulate hormone release.
Heroin and other opioid-based prescription pain medications go directly to these opioid receptors. In fact, it floods them. This entirely erases pain, leaving users feeling extremely satisfied, contented, and fearless when they take heroin.
When users repeatedly use heroin, however, the physiology and physical structure of the brain changes. This can create imbalances in the brain that can cause feelings of extreme depression, anger, and moodiness when users stop. This is called withdrawal, and there are numerous other uncomfortable, and even deadly, withdrawal symptoms.
Brain changes are the biggest long term effects of heroin, but other effects can include the following:
- Weakening of the immune system
- Respiratory illnesses
- Loss of intellectual performance
- Partial paralysis or muscular weakness
- Menstrual disturbance in women
How Residential Treatment Can Help
Only professional treatment can help someone who is struggling with a heroin addiction. If you or a loved one has been struggling with heroin addiction, Silver Pines Treatment Center is here to help. We offer separate men’s and women’s programs in addition to our detox and residential treatment. No matter whether you have an addiction to alcohol, prescription opioids, or heroin, we’re here to offer you the highest quality of care during this difficult time.
Our residential treatment program allows you to stay on our campus for the duration of your program. Many individuals find that they prefer inpatient treatment or residential treatment to outpatient treatment because they can fully immerse themselves in the recovery process. Though outpatient treatment is ideal for some, you may still experience triggers and temptations at home.
Silver Pines Treatment Center Can Help
At Silver Pines Treatment Center, we can offer hope and help to you or your loved one with a heroin addiction. Give us a call today at 866-345-2147 to get started with one of our programs and learn more about the long term effects of heroin. The journey to recovery from addiction will be difficult, but with us at your side, you can do it.