Heroin Addiction Long Term Effects

Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction long term effects takes their toll on the body, mind and the life of the heroin addict and his or her family. People who use heroin for an extended period of time are at risk of many long-term effects on their health, wellbeing and physical appearance. Heroin abusers are at risk of contracting diseases associated with intravenous drug use and STDs from having unprotected sex. The US National Library of Medicine reports that long-term heroin use changes how genes are activated in the brain and alters brain function.


Long-term Effects of Heroin Addiction

These long-term effects of heroin addiction can cause adverse long-term complications for the addict:

  • Track marks
  • Increased tolerance which can lead to increased misuse of heroin
  • Heroin overdose
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Increased risk of miscarriage
  • Infection leading to loss of a limb
  • Rotting teeth
  • Gum inflammation
  • Constipation
  • Cold Sweats
  • Itching
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Coma
  • Sexual capacity and long-term impotence in men
  • Menstrual disturbance in women
  • Inability to achieve orgasm (women and men)
  • Loss of memory and intellectual performance
  • Introversion
  • Depression
  • Pustules and sores on the face
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia

The US National Library of Medicine research shows how drug addiction affects the neurotransmitters in the brains of drug abusing individuals. The long-term use of heroin alters the brain’s dopamine structure, which eventually causes the brain to become dependent on heroin and in turn leads to addiction.


Dangers of Heroin Use

Heroin addiction can lead to death if left untreated. The cyclical devastation of physical dependence, use, discontinuing use, experiencing withdrawal, continued use, tolerance, increased dosage, etc., can have disastrous long-term consequences on the body and the mind including:

  • Breathing stomach contents into the lungs which can cause infection, choking or death
  • Vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration and imbalanced chemical makeup
  • Depression which can lead to suicidal thoughts
  • Overdose which can lead to death


Reach Out to Us

New Life House recovery community specializes in helping young men achieve sobriety. We teach house members how to acknowledge and deal with the real issues behind their drug use and negative behaviors. By providing age-specific homes, New Life House creates a positive, supportive peer group that is based on respect, honesty, integrity, and empathy. Ultimately, New Life House teaches its house members how to live responsible, mature, productive, and sober lives. If you have any inquiries, have a son struggling with drug abuse, or just need someone to talk about drug abuse or recovery, please reach out to us at 888-357-7577.