Sunday, June 19, 2016

Heroin Addiction: Signs & Symptoms To Watch Out For

Heroin has its dangerous way of working on our body. It basically works on our central nervous system first. The drug acts within 5-7 seconds after taking it intravenously. After it is taken in by the body, it instantly results in euphoria.

As the euphoria wears off, it results to skin flushing, feeling of heaviness, and dryness of the mouth. Eventually, it can cause nausea, itching, and even vomiting. After this, the addict is sedated and will be sleepy for several hours. A lot of the important cognitive functions starts to slow down and will be impaired. Users will have a declined ability to reason, breathing slows down, and so is the heart beat. 

Heroin addiction has detrimental effects on the person’s body, mind, and emotions. It is highly one addictive drug that one should not mess up with. Physical effects can lead to adverse health issues to the lungs, liver, arteries, kidneys, and can lead to severe bone complications like arthritis. Heroin addiction can be a big problem, as emotionally the user becomes dependent on the drug use. Many of them isolate themselves from their loved ones, family, and even refuse to work or attend school.

The withdrawal symptoms of heroin addiction is something a lot of users dreaded and can include severe muscle pains, bone problems, diarrhoea, restlessness, cold flashes, insomnia, vomiting, paranoia, and convulsions. The symptoms can last for several months. 

The treatment for heroin addiction can vary. Several methods may be used to bring the addict to become sober and regain control of his or her life. The initial step is detox, where the user is ‘cleansed,’ then next is the cutting of the urge and cravings. Lastly are behavioural therapies which are best done in rehabilitation centres. The best approach to treat heroin addiction is the use of both medical and behavioural therapies.

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