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Heroin is derived from morphine, a common pain management medication taken from the poppy plant. The drug appears most commonly as a white or brown powder and can smoked, inhaled, or injected. The drug is so potent and quick that users may get addicted after just one or two uses.

According to a 2011 survey from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 4.2 million Americans had reported using heroin at some point in their lives. About 23 percent of those heroin users became dependent on the drug.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Heroin Abuse

Heroin use is noted by feelings of happiness and euphoria. This is often followed by a heaviness in the extremities, flushed skin, and hazy thought processes. The immediate high leads into a state of alternating exhaustion and wakefulness.

Other heroin addiction symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constricted pupils

  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy breathing
  • Itching and scratching

Complications of Heroin Use

Due to heroin’s potency, you can experience numerous problems to your health and wellbeing, but it can also drastically change your character. Addiction often makes people reckless, causing them to act out or hurt loved ones.

Some physical complications that heroin users may experience include:

  • HIV/AIDS from sharing needles
  • Hepatitis from sharing needles
  • Heart infection

Dangers of Heroin Abuse

Persistent heroin use presents a great danger as it can change your physical, mental, and emotional health. Some studies suggest that heroin use damages white matter in the brain, leading to long-term problems with decision-making, behavior regulation, and stress response. Other dangers include:

  • Depression
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pulmonary infections (pneumonia)
  • Gastrointestinal issues

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Addiction is actually a chemical dependency, not a personal choice. All drugs, including heroin, work to alter the careful chemical balance in your brain and body. Heroin causes a rush of dopamine, a hormone involved in motivation, reward, and positive feelings. Addiction forces you to consistently use heroin in order to maintain normal dopamine levels.

Symptoms of Heroin Use Include:

  • Visible track marks or injection wounds
  • Memory problems
  • Foggy, distant eyes
  • Shallow breathing
  • Poor hygiene
  • Slurred speech
  • A general lack of motivation


  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating and shaking
  • General aches and pains in muscles
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Allergy symptoms

Medical Intervention for Heroin Addiction

Using medication with counseling can help to work the harmful chemicals out of your system. They can help to rebalance your body’s chemicals or make your body physically reject the drug. Some medications work as a substitute for the drug without the negative side effects, allowing you to more easily taper off use. Others simply help to ease withdrawal symptoms. Medications that you might be prescribed during detox include:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine

Heroin Detox Process

Detox aims to work the harmful chemicals out of your system by either stopping the use of the drug entirely or tapering off use. Inpatient care is often the best option for detox treatment as it:

  • Offers a supportive environment for you to focus on sobriety
  • Provides you with counselors to give you emotional support and motivation
  • Gives you immediate access to a trained medical team

The medical team can work out a treatment plan that works for your needs. The team can also administer any medications, provide assistance to ease withdrawals, and provide any help in the event of an emergency.

Your Recovery from Heroin Addiction Begins Here

Detox is an essential step to recovering from heroin abuse. Most 30-, 60-, and 90-day rehab programs require detox or include it as a part of their program. Detox gets the drugs out of your system. Rehab gives you the support and knowledge to keep those drugs out and maintain good health in the long run.If you have questions about heroin rehab or want to begin your recovery today, give us a call at (877) 806-5022 and begin your road to recovery at the premier heroin treatment center in West Palm Beach.

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