The heroin epidemic in the United States is a growing issue. Here we discuss the dangers and struggles connected with the quitting and detoxing from heroin.
Heroin abuse is an especially dangerous and insidious cycle. Heroin enters the brain quickly and binds to the body’s opioid receptors on cells in many areas, especially those responsible for pain and pleasure. Furthermore, heroin impacts heart rate, sleeping and breathing abilities.
There are a good number of short-term effects associated with heroin, including the initial rush of pleasure or euphoria, for which it is so heavily abused. However, this euphoria is not the only effect, and there is a laundry list of less pleasant effects heroin may induce, including:
Heroin abuse often translates into a myriad of long-term health and mental effects. People who abuse heroin over a long period of time often develop:
The withdrawal timeline behind heroin and opiate withdrawal can of course vary depending on the user, how much heroin their habit had them consuming and more. However, there are certain patterns and a general timeline to serve as a frame of reference for opiate withdrawal.
Early Withdrawal Symptoms begin 6 to 12 hours after taking short acting opiates and within 30 hours when using longer acting opiates. Some of the symptoms experienced during this phase include:
Later withdrawal symptoms peak within 72 hours and usually last about a week or so. They include a different laundry list of undesirable symptoms, including: