Heroin is a very dangerous drug. It is considered an opioid and is made from morphine. Although morphine is derived from poppy plants, it is anything but natural. Heroin works by entering the brain quickly and binding to opioid receptors in brain cells. These receptors affect pain, pleasure, heart rate control, sleeping, and breathing. Because of these very strong effects, heroin is extremely addicting. The dangers of a heroin addiction are vast. Here is a closer look.
Changes the Brain
Repeated and long-term heroin use physically changes the brain. These physiological changes can create imbalances in hormone systems that are not always reversible. The changes in the brain can alter your decision-making ability, behavior, mood regulation, and stress responses.
When you use heroin often, your tolerance will quickly increase. This means you will need more and more of the drug to feel the same number of effects. This greatly increases your chances of a dangerous and potentially fatal overdose. A greater tolerance also means that you could feel uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms with smaller amounts. This cycle of needing more and more of the drug quickly leads to an addiction and ultimately causes many health concerns.
Heroin withdrawal is medically dangerous, making it nearly impossible to quit the drug on your own. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, sleeplessness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, hot and cold flashes, and body jerks. Withdrawal symptoms can set in as soon as 12 hours of discontinuing use, and peak within 24-48 hours. Medical attention is entirely necessary during the withdrawal process.
Heroin Addiction Support at Atlantic Recovery Center
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