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Heroin is known as one of the most addictive drugs that is around today. A person can be gripped by addiction following the first use of heroin. It is difficult to cease use, and when a person does, they often experience intense withdrawal symptoms.
For these reasons, it can feel impossible to recover from heroin addiction. The team at Chattanooga Recovery Center is here to tell you it’s not. With our variety of effective treatment programs and the help of a staff that truly cares, serenity is possible.
Your path to recovery can start today with one phone call to our team. Contact us to learn more about our programs, ask questions, and get started in the program that will help you begin your new clean and healthy life.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
Physical and Mental Effects of Heroin Use
Heroin creates feelings of euphoria and relaxation. However, these surface level effects are only a fraction of the impact that the drug has on the body and mind. In the short term, a person who is using heroin may experience effects such as itching, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, impaired mental function, and slowed heart rate and breathing.
As a person continues using heroin, their dependence on the drug increases. This causes a person to require more of the drug to experience the same effects. At greater quantities, heroin causes more severe damage. Long-term heroin use often causes organ damage and effects on the brain that can permanently alter a person’s mental abilities.
What to Do if You or a Loved One is Struggling with Heroin Abuse
Heroin is not only extremely addictive, it is deadly. When a person is struggling with heroin abuse, time is of the essence. They must get professional help as soon as possible.
Identifying an addiction is the first step to recovering from it. It is important to be aware of the signs of heroin use so you can identify an issue and begin moving toward recovery.
Heroin use may exhibited through signs such as:
The presence of paraphernalia, such as needles
“Track marks” (needle marks on the arms, hands, legs, and other spots on the body)
Avoiding obligations and interaction with friends and family
Feeling/appearing sluggish or irritable
Secretive or dishonest actions
Heroin Withdrawal and Detox
Heroin use creates a chemical dependence that is difficult to break. Once the body gets used to using heroin, it can create negative effects when the addiction is not fed. This can lead to severe symptoms during the period known as withdrawal.
Because dependence on heroin is so strong, medical detox programs are often necessary parts of treatment. Detoxing, rather than quitting “cold turkey” allows a person who is struggling with addiction to safely taper down use and limit the severity of withdrawal symptoms. We offer medication assisted treatment for people who are in need of this method of addressing addiction.
Long Term Effects of Heroin Use:
- Collapsed veins
- Stomach cramping
- Liver & kidney disease
- Damaged tissue
- Infection of heart lining
We offer multiple programs that can serve as an essential part of your recovery. In addition to our medication assisted treatment program, we offer a partial hospitalization program that offers medical support in combination with the therapy and structure of a typical recovery program. For people who have obligations that they must fulfill and cannot participate in an immersive program, we offer an intensive outpatient program that allows patients to continue living at home. We also have a night outpatient treatment program for people who are unable to complete treatment during the day.
Your Recovery Can Begin Today
From the start, we are here to guide you toward recovery. Your first phone conversation with our team is an opportunity for you to answer questions and learn more about Chattanooga Recovery Center, while we learn more about you and your situation. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you begin treatment.
Heroin Addiction FAQ
What does heroin do to your brain?
Heroin is a synthetic opiate that mostly masks pain. When used, heroin binds to specific neurons in the brain that release dopamine and serotonin to reduce pain and induce relaxation. With continued use, the receptors break down and stop producing dopamine on their own because they become dependent on the heroin to do it. Heroin addiction can cause these changes permanently to the brain, which results in depression and anxiety when the drug has not been recently used.
What does heroin do to your body?
Heroin can wreak havoc on your body as much as it can your brain. One of the most dangerous side effects of continued heroin use – not even necessarily severe abuse – is the risk of collapsed veins. The drug can destroy the tissues of your veins, as well as your heart’s inner lining and valves. Cardiovascular failure may occur without warning. Heroin abuse is also known to cause severe liver and kidney damage.