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  • Short Term Effects of Heroin Use
    Euphoric Rush Warm Flushed Skin Slowed Mental Function Slowed Breathing Constricted Pupils Nausea Vomiting Dizziness Itching Overdose Coma Heart Attack Muscle Weakness Heroin travels to the brain quickly and although users may feel that pleasurable sense of being relaxed and carefree the consequences of the additional short term effects of heroin can be extremely dangerous and life threatening Not all users of heroin are affected in the same way Other factors that can impact the severity of the short term effects of heroin include the use of additional drugs whether the user has a medical condition and even the mood the user is in when using the heroin Heroin is one of the most commonly abused illegal drugs because of its mind altering effects One of the most serious short term effects of heroin is an overdose Even first time use a slight overdose can cause a person s heart to stop If they are not given emergency care in time they can die According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse overdose is a deadly consequence that can occur from using heroin A large dose of heroin depresses the heart rate and breathing to such a degree that the heroin user will not survive unless immediate medical help is given Getting Help for Heroin Use If you or a loved one are worried about the negative short term effects of heroin but are finding it difficult to stop you should seek help 800 654 0987 and talk to a substance abuse counselor or heroin medical professional Continuing to use heroin becomes highly addictive and can be painful if you try to quit abruptly Even if you have been using heroin for a short time it can still impact your overall health To be safe and stay healthy getting assistance

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  • Recognizing Heroin Effects on the Body
    Use Damage in the Nasal Passage from Snorting Liver Disease Reduced Sexual Drive Loss of Appetite Weakened Immune System Gum Inflammation Problems with Teeth Collapsed Veins from Repeated Injections Infection in the Kidneys Increased Chances of Contracting Viruses Such as HIV Some of these effects may not be present immediately but with longer heroin use they will become more evident The heroin effects on the body can be devastating to overall health If the use of heroin is not stopped a person can also risk possible death Heroin Effects that Can Cause Death The effects of heroin on the body mentioned earlier can lead to serious medical complications such as Blood clots can lead to a stroke or heart attack Overdose that can lead to coma and even death These heroin effects on the body need to be taken seriously Some effects are more dangerous and can cause the user sudden death None of the heroin effects on the body should be ignored The best way to prevent a devastating situation from occurring is to stop using heroin However trying to stop alone can be dangerous and the pains from heroin withdrawal can be unbearable Professional help needs to be sought 800 853 1387 to begin treatment for heroin addiction It will be the safest way to overcome the addictive habit Getting Help for Heroin Addiction Now that you are aware of the heroin effects on the body and the danger it poses on a person s health and life seeking professional help is the best move you can make Whether it is for yourself or someone you care for starting a treatment program can help prevent further damage to the mind and body Even if the symptoms seem mild they can get worst The earlier treatment begins the sooner

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  • 5 Heroin Use Side Effects
    Physically the body adapts to the heroin and functions normal so long as heroin is present Addiction Once a person becomes addicted to heroin the risk of permanent damage is extremely high The addiction can lead to getting in trouble with the law or even death An addicted heroin user will develop an uncontrollable drug seeking behavior and compulsive drug use Nothing matters to them anymore and all they want is heroin Withdrawal Withdrawal symptoms can be very painful and dangerous to a heroin user trying to quit abruptly or have no heroin left These painful symptoms can appear within hours of last use to a day later The only way they can stop the pain is to use heroin again Stopping then becomes impossible Death Not all users will experience the same heroin side effects but in some cases death has occurred just from first time use Someone that takes an overdose for instance has the potential to fall into a coma have a heart attack and die These are some dangerous heroin side effects that cannot be ignored It has affected the life of users in devastating ways hurting their loved ones themselves and their society in general According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2012 the number of people in the United States starting heroin use was unacceptably high at 156 000 which had doubled since 2006 The most affected are young adults between the ages of 18 25 Other Side Effects Associated with Heroin Use Using heroin not only has the potential to cause physical and psychological damage but it can ruin a person s social life If you or a loved one is using heroin it can affect relationships with family and friends who disapprove of drugs If caught on the job there

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  • 5 Telltale Signs of Heroin Addiction
    the same clothes regardless if not washed Poor Performance in School or Work A student s grades may lower skip classes get into trouble and even get suspended Someone that works may lose their job if they repeatedly show up late are hostile to other workers and get fired if they don t show up to work without calling in Hidden Heroin Paraphernalia They may possess a collection of burnt spoons syringes and needles shoelaces plastic bags with white powder and other items used in the preparation of heroin Any of the signs of heroin addiction mentioned above can be a strong indicator that a loved one is addiction to using heroin As someone that cares you have the right to intervene and seek help for a loved one Standing still and not choosing to interfere may result in serious consequences How to Help Heroin Addict s You can approach them and talk about heroin addiction They may not admit it and even lie If they have thought of getting help before but became afraid to ask this is an opportunity to discuss the possibilities of treatment Some may refuse to seek help and say they are not addicted and that they will be just fine However do not give up now Addiction has life threatening consequences You need to call an addiction counselor 800 853 1387 that understand addiction and can help you take the necessary steps to get your loved one to enter into treatment Should You Quit Heroin Cold Turkey Trying to end addiction abruptly can result in serious withdrawal symptoms than can be very painful and unbearable The symptoms can be hard to deal with and can be dangerous for the addict The safest way is to start treatment with the assistance of medical professionals They

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  • Understanding Heroin
    have been changed by introducing other chemicals into those already found in morphine The resulting product is heroin which is usually found in the form of a whitish or brownish powder although it can sometimes be in a semi solid or tar like form Morphine Heroin and Legality Issues Morphine can be legally obtained and administered as mentioned earlier If the amount of morphine prescribed or used is judiciously controlled and its use is stopped as soon as it is apparent that non narcotic painkillers can be substituted it is possible to avoid morphine addiction However it is illegal to possess buy sell or use morphine in any manner other than under controlled medical or pharmaceutical conditions If you have been legally prescribed morphine any medication left over after it is no longer needed should be disposed of so that no one else can have access to it Heroin is not legal in any way It is against the law to manufacture heroin it is against the law to possess buy or sell heroin and it is against the law to use heroin Heroin Addiction Both morphine and heroin are addictive Neither is more or less addictive than the other because heroin is re converted to its original morphine form when it enters the body Heroin addiction can occur after just one use or it may take continued uses for an addiction to build However because it can be impossible to determine how quickly one can become addicted using heroin even once is dangerous Heroin users may breathe in heroin powder this is called snorting or smoke heroin that is in tar form However because the effects of heroin which will be discussed in more detail in the next paragraph can be felt more rapidly heroin is often injected directly into a vein When heroin is injected the user feels an immediate sense of euphoria or all s right with the world From there one s arms and legs start to feel heavy and a sensation of skin warmth is also experienced As the drug makes its way through the bloodstream a user will alternately experience periods of sleepiness and wakefulness As the drug wears off so does the warm fuzzy feeling In an effort to regain that feeling or in some cases not to lose it at all an addicted person will take a larger amount of heroin or will use heroin more frequently Overcoming Heroin Addiction The warm fuzzy feeling brought on by heroin is not good It is not a natural one that came as a result of personal satisfaction accomplishing a goal performing a good deed or other things that bring natural pleasure Heroin addiction limits one s ability to feel natural pleasure because it causes so many other problems There is the problem of obtaining heroin because it is illegal One usually must pay a fairly high price for a heroin purchase and there is always the danger of getting caught buying possessing or using

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  • Heroin Abuse and Speedballs
    the two drugs are administered together or simultaneously the user experiences an intense rush which is part of the reason addicts choose to use this way Cocaine use causes anxiety and because heroin use can cause drowsiness many users combine the two drugs in hopes to reduce either of the two effects Combining the use of heroin and cocaine comes with serious risks and consequences due to mixing stimulants and depressants together The user can become confused incoherent lethargic drowsy and their vision can become blurred Other serious risk includes paranoid delusions serious depression hallucinations and possible death Many people have died combining dangerous drugs like heroin or morphine and cocaine together to intensify their high some you may have heard of River Phoenix lost his life at 23 involving lethal levels of cocaine and morphine Chris Farley died of a cocaine and morphine overdose at the age of 33 Layne Staley died in 2002 as a result of injecting a mixture of cocaine and heroin Comedian Mitch Hedberg died at the age of 37 from multiple drug toxicity which included cocaine and heroin John Belushi died in 1982 from an injection of cocaine and heroin speedball Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama 334 649 3039 Arkansas 870 277 4314 Connecticut 860 986 7636 Florida 561 859 0771 Idaho 208 473 2876 Iowa 712 266 3564 Louisiana 318 935 6161 Massachusetts 617 206 3810 Mississippi 662 269 0154 Nebraska 402 261 2767 New Jersey 732 497 3463 North Carolina 828 202 4176 Oklahoma 405 253 5317 Rhode Island 401 288 3581 Tennessee 423 208 9047 Vermont 802 428 4694 West Virginia 304 915 0148 Alaska 480 478 0599 California 626 498 2948 Delaware 302 342 8812 Georgia 678 573 5007 Illinois 708 248 8377 Kansas 785 380 0231 Maine 207

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  • Can Acupuncture and Meditation Help with Heroin Recovery?
    assists patients during their recovery Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable for patients during detoxification and acupuncture helps to reduce depression insomnia muscle cramps sweating nausea headaches and body aches One of the ways acupuncture helps relieve symptoms associated with substance abuse withdrawal is due to the increase of endorphins that are released during this form of treatment When acupuncture is applied in specific areas of the body endorphins are released this natural chemical that s released produces feelings of relaxation When our endorphin levels are elevated less pain and stress is experienced How Can Meditation Help During my Treatment and Recovery There are many different types of meditation which is a mind body practice in complementary and alternative medicine There are certain techniques used when meditating such as specific posture focused attention and an open attitude toward distraction In some forms of meditation the individual becomes mindful of their thoughts feelings and sensations experienced without judging what they re experiencing This can bring calmness relaxation and psychological balance There are many forms of meditation which includes Guided Meditation Mantra Meditation Mindfulness Meditation Qi gong Tai chi Transcendental Meditation and Yoga When an individual is recovering from drug or alcohol abuse depression and anxiety are part of the symptoms experienced during this time Thoughts of reusing are normal when a person stops drinking or using drugs and between negative thinking stress anxiousness and depression many people relapse unless they have alternative ways of coping Meditation helps to bring inner peace calmness and helps to clear the mind of negative thoughts Practicing meditation throughout the day helps the individual to focus on healing release negative energy and develop peace and calmness which helps to prevent relapse and benefits a person s overall health and wellness Heroin Detox Methadone Treatment Centers Alabama

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  • Heroin Abuse Effects on the Brain and Receptors
    to brain cells over time When a person uses heroin the drug enters the brain and it s turned into morphine the morphine fastens or bonds to receptors in the brain called opioid receptors Opioid receptors are located in various parts of the brain and body especially the receptors that are involved with pain reward and perception We also have opioid receptors in our brain stem which is associated with breathing blood pressure and arousal The use of heroin floods the brain with opiates which in return creates an intense rush followed by a high With continued heroin abuse the brain gets use to the morphine and surge of chemicals creating the powerful rush and sends intense messages throughout the brain and body for repeated use This leads to tolerance and eventually addiction How Does the Use of Heroin Affect the Brain and Dopamine When heroin is abused the reward system in our brain becomes flooded with dopamine chemical which is a neurotransmitter in areas of the brain that control our emotions movements feelings of pleasure and perception When heroin reaches the brain large amounts of dopamine are produced which then produces the intense rush and euphoria experienced Because the pleasurable affects are so intense the individual is highly motivated to repeat the use again Overtime your brain gets use to the intense surges of dopamine being produced when using heroin and when not using begins to produce less on its own waiting for you to reuse Now instead of your brain producing a healthy normal amount of dopamine the levels are low and the user becomes depressed and unable to experience pleasure The only way you can feel normal again is to reuse heroin in order to function When a person is addicted to heroin they lose their ability

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