Heroin and opiate use is on the rise. Of course, this is no secret. You probably have seen signs about this at your local doctor’s office. Opiates include prescribed drugs such as oxycodone, tramadol, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl. 591,000 Americans age 12 and over were diagnosed with a heroin use disorder in 2015. Even more startling is the number of Americans age 12 and over who were diagnosed the same year as being addicted to prescription painkillers: 2 million. Addiction or overuse of opiates is not the only way that these pain medications can affect your body.
Let’s start with the organ that keeps the rest functioning: The brain. These drugs inform your brain that it must block the feeling of pain. This allows the feelings of calmness and happiness to occur. The brain stem itself is affected by opiate painkillers and heroin. Opioids and other substances have effects on our brain’s core functions such as sleeping, heart rate, and breathing. Your breathing may become slower or stop entirely. This partially explains why death occurs from drug and alcohol overdoses.
Other organs affected include your heart and lungs. Infections may occur in both of these organs. Muscle pain is another long-term consequence of opiate drug use. Often queasiness and throwing up occur due to the use of heroin and opioids. You may also experience difficulties with defecation. Opioid use can encourage difficulties with reproduction and digestion if taken over long periods of time.
Hyperalgesia or more sensitive to pain can occur due to the use of opioid pain medications. It can even exacerbate preexisting pain. Your pain tolerance can decrease as you utilize opiates over long periods of time.
Common Withdrawal Symptoms from Opioids on Your Body
Two hours after the last utilization of heroin, and before 30 hours have passed since your last use of methadone, withdrawal symptoms often begin. Often demonstrated withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to, insomnia, irritability, and anxiety. Pain in your muscles, teary eyes, perspiration, nasal drip, and yawning may be experienced. Stomach cramps, dilated pupils, and diarrhea may occur afterward. Goosebumps, queasiness, and throwing up are withdrawal symptoms noted later on in the withdrawal process. Muscle spasms, increased heart rate, and increased blood pressure are commonly seen during opiate detoxification cases. As you can guess, while these symptoms are not pleasant, they tend to not kill anyone. Medical detoxification centers may be an option to decrease some of the intensity of these symptoms.
Alternative Rehab in Burns, Tennessee
It is important to understand the why and how of drug addiction to maintain your sobriety and decrease the chances of any further damage to your body. Using and then stopping the use will only lead to more damage to your body. Discovery Place in Burns, Tennessee is a wonderful alternative rehab with Recovery Guides who have personally experienced the horrors of addiction. Their own personal experiences, strength, and courage help our guests find the one-on-one support they need. Our recovery guides can help you learn about the 12-step programs that can further support your sobriety. Call us today at 1-800-725-0922.