Heroin use is rising across the US and here in New Hampshire. As part of the opioid epidemic, many people switch to heroin after developing substance use disorders with prescriptions like OxyContin. Unfortunately, heroin is highly addictive and increasingly dangerous as makers continue to cut heroin with more lethal opioids, like fentanyl, to cut costs and increase potency. A heroin abuse treatment center can provide comprehensive detox, recovery, and healing for those dealing with heroin’s effects on the brain and body.
At Liberty Health Services, we understand heroin detox treatment. If you or someone you love needs heroin addiction treatment in New Hampshire, we can help. Our boutique New Hampshire clinic provides clients luxury medically-assisted detox and intimate, family-focused counseling. Learn more about the benefits of heroin detox in New Hampshire and get started today by calling us at 855.959.4521.
What Is Heroin, and Why Does It Affect the Brain?
Heroin is a popular opioid derived from the opium poppy. Developed in the 1800s for hospital use, heroin is only an illicit street drug today. The popular drug comes in dark brown or white powder and is smoked, snorted, and injected for instant pain relief and euphoria. When heroin enters the bloodstream, it converts to morphine. Heroin can cause.:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dry mouth
- Heavy arms and legs
- Erratic behavior
- Mood swings
When heroin converts to morphine, it slows down messages from the brain to the body. Over time, this can profoundly affect how the brain processes heroin addiction. Long-term effects of heroin use can cause:
- Collapsed veins if injected
- Damaged nasal tissue for those who snort the drug
- Lung damage from smoking
- Heart lining and valve infections
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
These are only a few effects of heroin on the body. For most people, medically assisted detox can prevent further complications and ease withdrawal symptoms.
How Does Heroin Affect the Brain
By slowing down cognition, heroin can cause a loss of consciousness and comas. It also increases dopamine and serotonin production in the brain. This causes joy and pleasure and leads to a dopamine reward addiction. Over time, the brain produces less of these neurotransmitters instead of relying on heroin for chemical processes. This can cause extreme withdrawal, depression, and mood swings. Dopamine reward is one of the leading causes of addiction. The brain and body naturally crave dopamine, the joy and pleasure chemical. High levels of dopamine will cause someone to crave more dopamine.
Together, slowed cognition and dopamine cravings make heroin a potent and dangerous drug, especially because it’s hard to know exactly what is in one dose.
Begin Heroin Detox in New Hampshire Today!
Heroin can have short-and long-term effects on the brain. If you or someone you love is using heroin, our New Hampshire clinic can help. Liberty Health Services provides clients with detox programs for heroin, other drugs, and alcohol in a boutique setting. Our serene New Hampshire clinic provides an intimate detox experience for clients and their loved ones. With a maximum of 24 clients at a time, Liberty Health Services can cater to each client’s individual detox needs.
Liberty Health Services helps clients through each stage of medically-assisted heroin detox. As a family-focused treatment center, our daily counseling programs help families restore and recover together. After completing detox at Liberty Health Services, we pair clients with the right recovery program for their needs and lifestyle.
Get Started With Heroin Detox Addiction Treatment Today at Liberty Health Services
Don’t let heroin control your family. Call Liberty Health Services at 855.959.4521 to learn more about boutique heroin addiction treatment and detox in New Hampshire.