The effects from the first intravenous injection of heroin can sometimes be extremely unpleasant, causing vomiting and nausea. Often this experience is enough to scare someone away, but social and psychological pressures may motivate a person to keep trying. After a few more uses, the beneficial effects of heroin become deceptively clearer to the inevitable addict.
Some users describe the initial effects of heroin as a rush that lasts only one or two minutes that is said to be caused by the injected heroin bathing the brain before it gets distributed by the bloodstream and changed into a more useable form of morphine. This "rush" effect is often glorified as a heightened sexual orgasm, and a great relief of tension, which pervades the abdomen. After the rush, the high lasts for four or five hours and is caused by the morphine diffusing from the bloodstream into the brain. It is described as a warm, drowsy, cozy state. Addicts report a profound sense of satisfaction, as though all needs were fulfilled. There is also a pleasant state of mild dizziness that is not as impairing as alcohol's effects, and a sense of 'distancing' or apathy toward whatever is going on in the environment. Eventually addicts lose this effect of euphoria, and use heroin only to relieve unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.
The health effects of heroin can be extremely serious and sometimes deadly. Such effects include fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, and the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis to the users who inject heroin intravenously. Heavy heroin addiction can effect the heart lining and valves and can cause abscesses, collapsed veins, and liver or kidney disease. Respiratory complications, such as different types of pneumonia may also develop caused by heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. Additionally, street heroin often contains toxic additives and contaminants that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent damage to vital organs.
Continued heroin use causes the person to develop a tolerance to the drug. This means that as the body becomes used to the effects of heroin where higher doses are needed in order to produce the same effect. The addicts dose increases more and more which in turn greatly increases the negative health effects caused by heroin.
One of the the most destructive effects of heroin addiction, other than overdose and death, would be the addiction to heroin itself. As the degree of the heroin addiction increases, behaviors such as lying, cheating, stealing, missing work, financial problems, and legal issues all become very serious effects that destroy the addicts life as well as for everyone associated to the heroin addict.
As you can see the euphoric effects of heroin may appear to be appealing at first, however, the negative effects of heroin far outweigh any potential benefits the drug may deceptively appear to have. If you or someone you know is using heroin, please get help right away before the serious negative effects of heroin take over. It's never too late to get help and the sooner the heroin addict gets help, the sooner he is on the road to recovery. Don't wait. Fill out the form below or Call us now!