The Effects Of Heroin Addiction

Posted on 06. Aug, 2013 by in Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Like many different types of substance abuse, heroin addiction is something that should be treated seriously and treated quickly. This is because the side effects of this particular addiction can last long-term and lead to several severe problems which will impact the overall quality of life of the person suffering from it.

In regard to short term physical effects, many heroin users can suffer from vomiting, nausea, itching, depressed breathing, slowed heart rate or even unconsciousness. Heroin overdoses can be fatal if they aren’t treated in time due to the depressant nature of the drug.

It’s the long term effects that are usually more serious, though. Addiction is one of the largest problems, and this alone can tear apart a person’s life due to the single-minded goal of an addict to get more of their substance of choice. Due to the unsafe nature of handling needles without professional care, there are also consequences such as collapsed veins, bacterial infections, bruising, arthritis and other illnesses that can be caught by using dirty needles.

Dependency and the consequent withdrawal symptoms that can occur when trying to quit cold turkey are another large problem, and one of the biggest reasons why someone struggling with heroin addiction should look into professional help instead of trying to wean themselves off of the drug. It is a long and complex process that requires a lot of coordination and supervision in some cases, so in general it is much healthier and usually more successful if a person struggling with addiction turns to a rehabilitation clinic for help.

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