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Heroin

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The opioid epidemic became a public health concern around 2010 when we began to see a rise in the number of opioid-related deaths. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported the highest heroin-related death rates in 2016. Research has shown a decline in heroin-related deaths since 2016, with the most significant drop from 2020-2021. While the notable decrease in heroin-related deaths is a trend that we like to see, the bottom line is that the 9,173 deaths in 2021 still represent a public health concern in the United States. Find Luxury Rehabs can help you find heroin rehab centers in your area. Our staff can also help you explore the different treatment features within the rehab centers to help you narrow down your choices. Call today to learn more about how Find Luxury Rehabs can support you!

What is Heroin?

Heroin is classified as an opioid which is the same classification as prescription pain medications. Heroin has no medical purposes and is purchased illegally. Heroin can be snorted, smoked, or used intravenously. Heroin tends to cost less than other commonly abused opioids, which is related to the prevalence of heroin use. Heroin is often cut with other substances, such as baking soda or other drugs, including fentanyl which can increase its potency. Individuals who overdose on heroin may be responsive to Naloxone, also known as Narcan. However, individuals who have overdosed on fentanyl may not be responsive to this overdose reversal medication because of fentanyl’s potency.

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How Does Heroin Affect the Body?

When someone uses heroin, they tend to feel some level of euphoria or a “rush .”The user will experience some differences based on how they use the drug. Heroin use can change the way an individual’s brain functions, specifically the limbic system. Similar to other opioids, heroin can block pain messages from being sent, which can decrease an individual’s physical pain.

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Feeling warm

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Nausea

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Vomiting

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Sensation of heavy limbs

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Itching

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Dry mouth

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Runny nose and watery eyes

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Small pupils

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Slowed breathing and heart rate

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Drowsiness

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Heroin Abuse?

There are a variety of dangers that can arise after long-term heroin abuse. This can include:
  • Liver disease
  • Collapsed veins
  • Constipation
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart infections
  • Infertility
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Loss of white brain matter
  • Hepatitis and HIV
  • Low libido
Other long-term effects of heroin abuse can include:
    01. Depression
    02. Anxiety
    03. Employment concerns
    04. New or worsening legal concerns
    05. Loss of friendships and relationships
    06. Discord with family
    07. Financial concerns
    08. Changes to personal hygiene

What Causes Heroin Addiction?

When we look into the causes of heroin addiction, we notice that there are differences between each person who is living with heroin addiction. Differences can be found in their genetics, physical factors, and environment. Additionally, there are known risk factors that a person may or may not experience. Common risk factors for heroin abuse include:
  • Family history of addiction
  • Limited support system
  • History of trauma and other mental health concerns
  • High levels of stress
  • Low self-esteem
It is important to know that having one or more of the associated risk factors does not mean that an individual will develop a heroin addiction. This is where individual differences come into play. If you are concerned about a loved one with one or more risk factors, be mindful of how you voice your concerns because you may be missing a crucial piece of the puzzle. If you or a loved one has been struggling with a heroin addiction, heroin treatment can be lifesaving. Effective treatment can help individuals begin their recovery with a solid foundation that will support them for the rest of their lives. Find Luxury Rehabs can help you find the heroin rehab center that is right for you. Call today to learn more about how Find Luxury Rehabs can support you!

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