The effects of heroin are one of the main reasons that so many people struggle to get sober. The physical and psychological effects are extremely difficult to deal with once you become dependent. One of the reasons there’s such a stigma surrounding addiction is that people don’t understand these effects. The good news is that learning about these effects may help you begin a life of sobriety.
The Physical Effects of Heroin
When it comes to heroin, the first thing people often think about is the sickness withdrawal causes. This sickness happens because the drug has been occupying your opioid receptors for a long time. Once the drug begins to leave your system, and the receptors are vacant, the brain begins to misfire. While your neurotransmitters are misfiring, the effects of heroin start affecting the nervous system.
As your nervous system begins to take a beating, you feel a wide range of harsh withdrawal symptoms. It’s remarkably difficult for many people to pull out of a heroin addiction because of the constant struggle with physical withdrawal. As such, many people continue getting high rather than work towards getting clean and confront these extreme symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Aches and pains
- Muscle spasms
The Psychological Effects of Heroin
The physical effects of heroin often overshadow all of the psychological effects that are present as well. However, the psychological effects of even a short withdrawal can be extremely difficult too. The symptoms you may experience include depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and more. These symptoms are another reason why it’s so difficult to stay away from the drug.
Perhaps the most significant psychological effect is the cravings. The human brain is set up for reward-based learning. This setup means that you begin to associate a reward, or using heroin, with certain triggers. One of the reasons you use the drug even when you don’t want to is due to the intense cravings that occur every time you experience a trigger. The good news is that through addiction treatment, you’ll learn how to overcome and manage these triggers.
Overcoming Heroin’s Effects
Once you complete detox, Memphis Recovery Centers is here to help you begin on the path of healing. Here, our goal is to help people discover that an amazing new life is within their reach. You will see that it is possible to face life successfully without having to turn to drugs or alcohol.
At Memphis Recovery, your physical and mental health is our top priority, which is why we have both a doctor and psychiatrist. We want to ensure you’re well throughout your stay here, which will make your journey to recovery much easier. We have a variety of different treatment programs to help you manage cravings and learn a new way of life. Some of the various forms of treatment we offer include:
- Youth addiction treatment
- Adult addiction treatment
- Family therapy
- Music and art therapy
- Dual diagnosis and trauma therapy
Call Memphis Recovery Centers at 866-304-8254 today to learn more about how to fight back against your addiction.