Devastating Physical Health Effects of Addiction

Devastating Physical Health Effects of Addiction

Living with addiction is devastating for many reasons. But it can affect more than cravings or your relationships. Addiction can have some pretty serious physical health effects that both last long-term or are short-term. In this blog, we will discuss the long and short-term effects of addiction on your health and how this happens. 

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How Long Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?

A recent survey on drug use uncovered several alarming facts about heroin use. The findings included that nearly five million people have used heroin in their lifetime, almost one million have used heroin in the past year, and overdose deaths tripled from 2010 to 2013. One factor driving this disturbing trend is the cost of prescription opioids. Ninety-four percent of people turned to heroin from opioids because of its lower cost and easy obtainment. Although it is difficult to recover from highly addictive heroin, it is possible with help and support.

Myrtle Beach Recovery offers a safe, sober living house that provides the support essential to successful recovery from addiction. Contact us to learn more about how our caring, professional staff can help you or a loved one.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug made from the powerful Schedule II pain medication, morphine. Heroin, however, has been classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. The difference between these two classifications is that heroin has no use in medicine and is dangerously addictive. It is typically found as a white or brown powder that is either snorted, smoked, or injected. Heroin addiction typically results in a predictable cycle of craving, using, and wanting to quit heroin. The severe withdrawal symptoms drive these events, which can lead to death.

Effects of Heroin Addiction

Heroin abuse affects all areas of a person’s life. The devastating effects of heroin addiction can cause:

  • Depression
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Emotional instability
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Heart problems
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Pneumonia and tuberculosis
  • Circulatory problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Respiratory infections
  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Isolation from others
  • Weight loss

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Severe withdrawal symptoms stand between the addict and sobriety. Heroin’s powerful physical addiction affects the addict within hours without the substance. The withdrawal symptom’s severity often leads to hospitalization. Additionally, addiction withdrawal can cause mental and emotional problems. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Body pain and weakness
  • Chills
  • Joint aches
  • Extreme sweating
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Stomach issues
  • Tremors
  • Intense cravings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mental health issues
  • Coma
  • Death

How Long Does Heroin Withdrawal Last?

Although getting sober is daunting, continuing to use heroin is a worse choice for the addict. The addict experiences the worst withdrawal symptoms in the first couple of days. This is the most critical time when addicts are most vulnerable to relapse. However, enduring these and the next day or two typically pays off after five days without heroin. After about five days, the symptoms decrease and become less intense. 

After one week, most addicts’ physical symptoms considerably decrease—however, mental and emotional problems, such as depression and mood swings, can linger for months. 

Although the average time for heroin withdrawal is one week, several factors can affect this time frame, such as:

  • How much heroin has been used.
  • How often heroin was used.
  • The way heroin was taken—snorted, injected, or smoked.
  • Underlying medical conditions.

Consider Myrtle Beach Recovery

Consider taking your next step in recovery at Myrtle Beach Recovery. We provide the extra guidance, support, and tools you need to remain sober and avoid relapse. You gradually return to a responsible, productive, and fulfilling life as you gain essential life skills. Contact us and discover more about our successful residential rehab programs.

What Does Cross Addiction and Cross Dependence Mean?

The people who find help in addiction recovery encounter many challenges on their way to a sober and fulfilling life. These challenges include cravings, mood changes, loneliness, and possible financial hardship. In addition, becoming addicted to another substance is an obstacle that some have heard is an inevitable phase of recovery. Read below to learn more about this condition, known as cross-addiction.

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Addiction vs. Dependence: What’s The Difference?

Most people use the words addiction and dependence interchangeably to describe someone’s struggle with substance abuse. While it is essential to understand that addiction and dependence describe distinct conditions, confusion is common among patients, caregivers, and even some mental health professionals.

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Sober Date Ideas: Alcohol Free Dates

Two of the most common reasons people drink alcohol are for coping with stress and being sociable. Dating combines both into one occasion that can present a challenging test to your pursuit of sobriety. Alcohol use is so prevalent in our society, that it might seem impossible to find something to do on a date without drinking. Additionally, you may have thought before now that you can’t be a friendly person without the fun that alcohol provided in the past. Below, we’ll provide you with sober date ideas that are enjoyable and alcohol free.

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Teenage Substance Abuse Prevention Tips

Alcohol and drug abuse are common problems among teenagers which can have significant effects on their lives and the lives of their friends and family. Most adults with addictions report that their abuse started during their teen years. Parents, teachers, and other adults can help prevent teenage substance abuse by learning:

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Twelve Ways to Keep Your Cool When Sobriety Gets Hard

It is not uncommon to become angry and lose your cool, especially when sobriety gets hard. Keep reading to learn why sobriety can get hard, why you might become angry, and tips to help you keep your cool.

If you or your loved one need a safe space to recover from addiction, contact Myrtle Beach Recovery to learn more about our short- and long-term recovery programs.

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Tips for Sobriety When Your Spouse Drinks

Pursuing your sobriety while your significant other does not can present a unique set of challenges. However, with some preparation, you can stay true to your recovery and continue cultivating a healthy relationship. For assistance, explore these tips for sobriety when your spouse drinks.

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4 Tips for Staying Sober This Summer

Summer is a time for relaxation and outdoor fun. Whether you’re taking a summer vacation or staying home for the season, it’s important to know that it’s entirely possible to enjoy this time of year while pursuing your sobriety. Below, we’ll provide you with four tips for staying sober this summer!

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Stimulant Addiction & Abuse Facts

There are various types of stimulants, some of which are prescribed and others that are illegal. Abusing these substances can cause serious short- and long-term effects. View these stimulant addiction and abuse facts to learn more.

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