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Heroin Addiction
Heroin�s Effect on Body & Health

Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected, and each method has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:

Gastric System � Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain Respiratory System � Slowed breathing, pneumonia Circulatory System � Decreased heart rate, collapsed veins, infection of heart valves

When used with alcohol, a dangerous lowering of heart rate, depressed breathing, coma and potential death is possible.
Heroin Addiction Treatment Overview

Treatment teams use evidence-based treatment, including:

Contingency management Motivational incentives12-Step programs

Medical detox in Heroin Recovery

Heroin withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 12 hours after your last use. Severity of your side effects are dependent on multiple factors, including:

Length and amount of Heroin consumed Medical history Co-occurring disorders Past and current Trauma

During this first stage of detox most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:

  Nausea Cramping Cold sweats Physical Aches

In days 1 through 3 you may start to experience these additional symptoms:

Vomiting Diarrhea Physical Tremors Irritability Trouble focusing Goose bumps Tiredness

Heavy users may also experience some severe symptoms:

Depression Trouble Sleeping Anxiety Increased blood pressure Increased heart rate Spasms Trouble breathing Inability to feel pleasure Intense cravings

There are three FDA approved medications for helping heroin withdrawal:

Methadone: Changes how brain responds to pain. Reduces symptoms.Buprenorphine: Clinical opioid agonist. Produces weak reward.Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and prevents rewards.

After about a week, evidence-based treatment is the best way to maintain your recovery.

Why Professional Heroin Addiction Treatment is Important


The symptoms of heroin withdrawal are intense, and side effects of withdrawal may be life-threatening. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success.

Clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with through extended withdrawal. Learn more about your disease, develop new habits, and surround yourself with support while you work towards a life of recovery.
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