Heroin addiction is an extremely dangerous condition that often affects every aspect of a person’s life. Heroin use can lead to unpleasant and sometimes severe mental and physical health complications, including but not limited to:
- Pneumonia and tuberculosis
- Antisocial tendencies
- Sexual dysfunction
- Damage of mucosal tissues or perforated septum (snorting)
- Scarred and/or collapsed veins (injecting)
- Infection of the blood vessels or heart valves
- Exposure to disease through sharing of needles
- Life-threatening central nervous system depression
The Long-Term Dangers of Heroin Use
Studies have shown that for some people, heroin use causes actual changes in the physical structure and physiology of the brain.
This can cause long-term neurological and hormonal imbalances that may be permanent.
Opioids can also damage decision-making abilities and hinder the user’s capacity for emotional relation.
The Best Methods of Treatment
The following prescription drugs for helping addicts recovery from heroin addiction:
Detoxing and Recovery from Heroin Addiction
The first critical step in the treatment of heroin addiction is detoxification. During this process, clients are treating using medication-assisted therapies and around-the-clock supervision.
After detox is complete, clients are give a full physical and psychology assessment, and collaborate with professionals to develop a customized, comprehensive plan for care that includes inpatient or outpatient treatment.