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Short-Term Effects of Heroin

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The short-term effects of heroin can be very addicting to anyone who tries this illegal substance.  Addiction can happen relatively quickly when abusing heroin and can lead to serious physical and psychological harm the longer the abuse continues. Those struggling with heroin and want to stop can enroll in an accredited addiction treatment program to begin the healing process.

Evoke Wellness in Massachusetts works with people from all walks of life who are addicted to heroin, cocaine, meth, or other toxic substances. Our treatment programs are tailored to the patient and their specific symptoms and reasons behind the abuse. Our detox, day treatment, and outpatient treatment programs use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, holistic therapy, and medication-assisted treatment to create a whole-person recovery experience.

To learn more about our heroin addiction treatment in Massachusetts, call 866.276.1920 today to speak with our compassionate team.

Understanding Heroin Abuse

Heroin is a fast-acting opioid that causes intense euphoria and relaxation and has a high rate of abuse. Illegal drug manufacturers synthesize it from morphine, which comes from the poppy plant Papaver somniferum.

Those who become addicted to heroin and continue to abuse this substance will face significant medical and mental health problems. Over the last 20 years, heroin has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and continues to affect millions of people every year.

The reason heroin is so dangerous is that it stays in your system much longer than other drugs, like cocaine or meth. If you use more heroin before your body has a chance to cleanse itself, the risk of forming a chemical dependence increases dramatically.

A chemical dependence on heroin will cause painful physical symptoms when you stop taking the drug. These symptoms can include flu-like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and joint pain, and stomach cramping. In addition to these symptoms, those who try to stop abusing heroin on their own will experience intense cravings and a strong psychological need to continue the abuse. This can lead to changes in their behavior, along with increased anxiety, depression, severe mood swings, and violent tendencies.

The best way to beat heroin addiction is by enrolling in a heroin addiction program at Evoke Wellness. At the start of the program, therapists will run a full health assessment to determine the best course of action in treating all symptoms and causes of the addiction.

The Short-Term Effects of Heroin

The reason many people try heroin is they hear about the pleasurable feelings that it creates without understanding the consequences. Because of its intense feelings and fast-acting properties, some individuals can become addicted after just a few uses.

Some of the short-term effects of heroin include:

  • Euphoria
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Severe itching
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion

If you start using heroin continuously, it will cause a chemical dependence on the drug and a strong addiction that can take several months to recover from. It will also lead to more severe medical and psychological ailments, such as pulmonary infections, liver disease, chronic constipation, collapsed veins, and kidney disease. It also increases the risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other life-long illnesses.

Find Heroin Addiction Treatment in Massachusetts at Evoke Wellness

Evoke Wellness is a full-service addiction treatment center with locations in Massachusetts, Florida, and other locations. Our Waltham, MA, facility supports individuals who are struggling with heroin addiction through a number of different therapies, including:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Nutrition education
  • Family therapy/counseling

Now is an excellent time to make a healthy choice and enroll in a heroin addiction treatment program. Call 866.276.1920 today or use our online contact form to schedule a tour and meet our dedicated team.