Addiction is a complex brain disease that affects the way the brain functions. Getting help for an addiction can seem out of reach. Heroin is a very addictive opiate that causes psychological, physical, and social implications and can result in overdose and early death. Heroin is very harmful and after using it one time, a person can develop an addiction to it.

Each time heroin is used, you build a tolerance to it. This means that to reach the intense “high” as the first time, heroin is used in higher doses and more frequently. As a result, the risk of overdose or death becomes more possible.

While it can seem impossible, recovery does happen. Before going to a treatment program, all toxins must be eliminated from your body. Attempting to detox on your own is dangerous and must be supervised by a medical professional.

The withdrawal symptoms from heroin can be extremely uncomfortable. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Medications developed to treat opioid use disorders work through the same opioid receptors as the addictive drug, but are safer and less likely to produce the harmful behaviors that characterize a substance use disorder.”

Medication-assisted detox allows a medical professional to monitor the process and prescribe medication such as Methadone or Suboxone, to lessen withdrawals from heroin. Methadone reaches the brain slowly, dampening the euphoric feelings that occur with other routes of administration while preventing withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone relieves drug cravings without producing the “high” or dangerous side effects of other opioids. Some of the heroin withdrawal symptoms include depression, strong cravings, sweats, chills, sleeplessness, nausea and suicidal thoughts.

Heroin addiction affects everything in a person’s life. It dismantles relationships with loved ones, affects physical and mental health, and lessens productivity at work, which results in job loss. Heroin interferes with responsibilities and time spent with loved ones. As the addiction progresses, the individual’s physical appearance deteriorates and psychological well-being diminishes.

There is no cure for addiction, but recovery is possible. Many people recover from heroin addiction and live healthy, sober, and fulfilling lives. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help today.

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