Defeat Heroin
Addiction at DiscoveryMD

Heroin can devastate a person’s life and the lives of those around them if left untreated. Derived from the seeds of poppy plants, heroin is a highly addictive drug. When sold, heroin looks white or brownish in color. Some first-time users have been known to snort or smoke it, as it may be more appealing than its more common form which is to inject the drug, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Signs & Effects of Heroin Use

If you suspect someone is addicted to heroin, here are some signs to look for:

  • Pupils in the eye look very small
  • Acts slow, almost in a dream-like state
  • Poor hygiene
  • Needle marks on the skin from injection

When a person comes down from using heroin, symptoms include:

  • Aches and pain in the muscles and bones
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Nervousness
  • Itchiness
The “rush” of heroin has been described as a sudden moment of extreme pleasure. But after the rush, people using heroin can feel very drowsy to the point of the body being too heavy to move. The drug goes to the brain, causing a clouded mental state, slowed heart function and decreased breathing, almost becoming life-threatening, according to NIDA. Long-term heroin use causes severe damage to the brain and impacts people’s ability to make decisions, regulate feelings or respond to stressful moments. Additionally, because heroin causes so much impairment when used, people risk getting infected with HIV and hepatitis. Continued heroin use also leads to abscesses, heart and valve infection, collapsed veins, and liver and kidney disease.

Heroin Treatment at DiscoveryMD

Heroin addiction can be very unforgiving. Although heroin is an extremely potent drug, there is hope for overcoming it. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, DiscoveryMD is here to help. We offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT), among other treatment programs and modalities, to help you emerge clean and live the life you deserve. Get started by contacting us immediately via the form below.












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