Short- and long-term effects of heroin
Aside from changes in the functionality of your brain and the development of physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, heroin can impact your body and life in other ways.
The immediate impact of heroin usually has to do with the impact in your brain. It’s not just the receptors that control pleasant feelings that can be affected. Heroin can also impact brain receptors that control functions in your body such as your heart rate or breathing. At its worst, heroin can bring your heart rate to dangerous levels or cause you to stop breathing correctly, landing you in the hospital via an overdose.
Less severe effects on your body can include dry mouth, itching, nausea, flushed skin and moving in and out of unconsciousness.
Long-term heroin use can have a variety of mental and physical implications. Evidence suggests that continued use of heroin can deteriorate brain function. Other long-term impacts to your body can include:
- Kidney or liver disease
- Heart problems
- Mental health disorders
- Sexual or reproductive dysfunction
- Complications of the lungs
It’s never too late to reclaim your life from heroin addiction. Whether you’re just developing a physical dependency or have struggled with heroin abuse for years, call us today at 877-284-0353 to find out about heroin rehab options. Don’t wait for heroin to take a continued toll on your body.