Heroin is a dangerous drug that affects the body in many ways. It’s impossible to cover all the dangerous heroin side effects because scientists continue to learn about new issues. However, it’s possible to discuss the top three dangerous side effects of taking heroin.
Mental Health and Heroin Side Effects
The first dangerous side effect of heroin is what it does to the brain. Heroin causes a chemical imbalance that leads to dangerous mental side effects.
Each mental health problem is a side effect on its own. However, they all fall under the mental health category. Some mental health heroin side effects include:
Although heroin use can cause mental illnesses to develop, it’s possible for mental disorders to be present beforehand. Doctors or therapists use medical tests and therapy to determine which came first.
Heroin side effects also cause respiratory problems. The drug speeds up people’s heart rates. It can even cause an irregular heartbeat. Because of these respiratory problems, people who abuse heroin often experience heart failure or heart attacks.
On that same note, studies show that heroin damages the lungs. This damage is the reason why so many heroin users suffer from lung failure and disease. It’s common for them to get tuberculosis after taking heroin.
Another side effect of using heroin is the lifestyle choices that people make while taking the drug. Heroin paraphernalia usually includes needles, spoons, belts and other items. People use them to administer the drug.
When they first start out, they typically take great steps to ensure that they use clean needles. As their addiction worsens, however, they start taking bigger risks such as sharing needles. This risky behavior can lead to the development of infectious diseases such as AIDS and HIV.
Keep in mind that the type of paraphernalia that people use depends on how they use the drug. It’s possible to smoke, snort and inject heroin. Those who smoke it have to roll their own heroin or use a pipe. If they snort, they need straw-like devices.
Don’t Let Heroin Ruin Your Life
Heroin is extremely addictive, and the country is currently in the middle of an epidemic. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find help. At Crestview Recovery, we take great pride in helping people get well after they finish going through heroin withdrawal symptoms at a medical detox facility. Some different programs that we offer include:
Extended Care 90-Day Program
An extended care 90-day program provides long-term care and support to individuals suffering from heroin addiction. The program provides a customized level of care that includes detoxification, therapy, medication management, education, and aftercare services. The goal of the program is to help people recover from their addiction and learn to lead healthy, productive lives.
Dual Diagnosis Therapy
Dual diagnosis therapy is a comprehensive treatment approach for people who suffer from both a mental health disorder and substance use disorder. It combines evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), with medication management to address both conditions simultaneously.
Individual therapy focuses on the individual’s mental health. This type of therapy is typically used to address underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. The therapist will work one-on-one with the individual to identify triggers for substance use and develop healthy coping skills.
Trauma therapy is designed to help individuals who have experienced trauma heal. This type of therapy helps individuals process and work through their traumatic experiences in a safe and supportive environment. The goal of trauma therapy is to reduce symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional numbness.
Group therapy is a type of psychotherapy that is conducted with a group of people who have similar issues. The goal of group therapy is to provide support and guidance to members in the group. Group therapy can help individuals develop healthier coping skills, learn more about their illnesses, and build relationships with others.
Get the Help You Need Today
Remember that you don’t have to fight heroin addiction alone. Get the help that you need to kick your drug habit to the curb. Reach out to us today at 866.262.0531 to find out how we can help get your life back in order.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.