The Long-Term Side Effects of Heroin Addiction Infographic
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The damage caused by Heroin
The damage that heroin does to your body is not only visible, it also damages organs, reduces resistance to infection as well as causing secondary diseases. Some of these physical problems are reversible, other are not and can cause irreversible damage.
Heroin & Mental Health
The white matter of the brain has been found to deteriorate over time with continuous heroin use, which affects the individual’s ability to respond to stressful stimuli, manage behavior and make decisions. Such structural and functional changes could cause the person suffering from a heroin addiction to be vulnerable to developing a mental health condition.
Why is heroin so addictive?
- Heroin interacts with the pain perception mechanisms of the body, providing 'pain relief' for a user's physical and emotional pain
- It causes a reaction that releases dopamine giving the user feelings of euphoria and pleasure
- Unlike other drugs, that are ingested, heroin is usually taken in a more direct method such as smoking or injection
- Tolerance to the drug is easily built up requiring a higher dosage in order to acheve the same high
- The body adapts to the drug and results in extremely painful withdrawal symptoms if the drug is reduced or stopped
If you or a loved one is addicted to Heroin, you can call Linwood House and we would be happy to take you through what is involved with Heroin Addicton Treatment and how we can help in a residential setting. Call today on: 01226 422 437