Heroin is highly addictive. It’s also highly illegal. Unfortunately, the United States is currently experiencing a surge in heroin use, and there’s little chance that the popularity of this narcotic will end anytime soon. Because the chemical reactions of the drug within the brain’s reward center create sensations of pleasure as well as feelings of well-being, few addicted individuals think through the devastating long-term side effects of heroin.
Since the drug artificially triggers the brain’s reward center to release dopamine, which provides the user with an overall good feeling, it causes addicted individuals to continue seeking out this rush. As they gradually build up a tolerance to the substance, they must increase the dose as well as the frequency of use. Some heroin addicted individuals report enjoyment of the physical lethargy and slowed mental functions that follow an injection of the substance.
While the addicted individual slips into a drowsy state, which may last for several hours, the devastating side effects of the narcotic are occurring behind the scenes. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has put together a number of long-term side effects associated with heroin use:
Detox for heroin addiction can be severe. But it’s possible to escape the cravings and regain control of your life. Our friendly staff members work with men and women to minimize physical discomfort and help patients explore long-term coping strategies for lifelong sobriety. Call Lakeview Health today at 866-704-7692 to learn more about the drug rehab program that can put you on the road to recovery.
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