Heroin Side Effects

Heroin is a dangerous, illegal opiate drug that is incredibly potent. It is a depressant, affecting the brain’s pleasure and reward system. Many users don’t know about the purity of the heroin they take, increasing the risk of serious side effects, overdose and death. Some users report getting hooked on the drug after one use. It’s absolutely necessary to find a safe, reliable detox program to help you recover from heroin addiction. Most people use heroin for the high it creates. Those physically addicted to heroin may develop a tolerance which leads them to take more and more. Over time, the body becomes used to the drug and no longer feels its effects. Once this happens, most people continue to take it to avoid a painful withdrawal. Heroin can be snorted, smoked or injected and side effects may depend on factors including the route of administration. Other factors include body chemistry and how the drug is metabolized and the amount and frequency of heroin taken.

Short and Long Term Effects of Heroin

Heroin has a reputation for creating a brutal withdrawal. This withdrawal can cause physical and mental anguish that doesn’t subside unless you take the drug. Short-term side effects of heroin use can include abnormal skin sensations such as “crawling” or itching, slurred speech, twitching, trembling, constipation, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, pupil constriction, sleepiness and nodding off, slowing of heart and breathing rates and mental cloudiness. More serious side effects could develop, including nightmares, hallucinations, convulsions, mood swings, mental instability, impaired vision, severe constipation, menstrual problems, liver disease, fertility issues, diminished sex drive, risk of heart problems, infections of the skin, heart and lungs, pneumonia, respiratory depression, abscesses, collapsed veins and risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tetanus. Heroin could also lead to illness and injury because it interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Upon first use of heroin, people experience an immediate rush followed by flushing of the skin, dry mouth and heaviness of the extremities. This happens soon after a dose and subsides in a few hours. Most users then alternate between states of wakefulness and drowsiness. Taking too much can lead to a fatal overdose.

Waismann Method Offers Opiate Free, Accelerated Heroin Detox

A heroin addiction is nearly impossible to kick without professional help. Many treatment protocols use opiate replacement therapy, essentially swapping one addiction for another. The use of Methadone and Suboxone may help wean some users from heroin but may cause a second addiction and the need for another detox. The Waismann Method of rapid detox doesn’t use opiate replacements, instead offering a world-renowned rapid detox that virtually eliminates withdrawal. Patients sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time while medication cleanses the heroin from their opiate receptors. Patients awake opiate free without the awareness of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred while they were asleep. Heroin use can ruin lives but doesn’t have to. The Waismann Method offers safe, responsible and completely confidential treatment that is humane.

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