Heroin is a drug made in a lab with components from the Asian poppy plant. When consumed, heroin becomes morphine. The high associated with heroin can cause users to become dependent on the drug. Below, you will find more information about the long and short term\u00a0heroin effects. Plus, you'll see how an\u00a0individual therapy program\u00a0at Promises Behavioral Health can help you overcome your heroin addiction. Short-Term Heroin Effects Ingesting heroin has several short-term effects. First, heroin changes into morphine as it enters the brain. The morphine gives clients a "high"\u2014a rush or elated feeling. How much heroin the client consumes and how fast it goes\u00a0into the brain determines the intensity of the high. As the high subsides, the client may feel a warming of their skin, a heaviness in their arms and legs, and a dry mouth. Severe itching, vomiting, and nausea may also occur soon after. Once these effects wear away, the client may feel tired for the next few hours. The heart slows down, mental facilities become cloudy, and breathing may slow to the point where it is life-threatening. In fact, slow breathing can lead to irreversible brain damage and cause the client to fall into a coma. Long-Term Heroin Effects There are also long-term effects associated with heroin use. For instance, the brain's structure may change with long-term use. Heroin use can also lead to imbalances in the hormonal system. Furthermore, long-term abuse can destroy the brain's "white matter."\u00a0This can seriously affect\u00a0a person's ability to make decisions, respond to stressful situations, and regulate behavior. Physical dependence and a high amount of tolerance also develop with long-term use. With physical dependence, a client feels a need for heroin, and withdrawal may occur when he or she stops using it. Tolerance builds as the body gets used to the presence of the drug in the system. Therefore, more heroin must be ingested to achieve the same high. Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms Withdrawal symptoms are among the long and short term heroin effects. They are common in clients who stop using heroin abruptly. These symptoms may include diarrhea, insomnia, restlessness, leg movements, bone and muscle pain, cold flashes with goosebumps, and vomiting. These symptoms may become intense within 24 to 48 hours, then lessen after about a week. Some clients experience withdrawal symptoms for months. Promises Behavioral Health At Promises Behavioral Health,\u00a0we can help\u00a0you stop the cycle of abuse and end\u00a0the long and short term\u00a0heroin effects. We offer a wide variety of programs, including: \tMedical drug detox centers \tOutpatient drug rehab centers \tEating disorder treatment centers \tDrug rehab for professionals \tMen's addiction treatment centers \tWomen's addiction treatment centers We also offer many services to meet the individual needs of\u00a0clients who suffer from the long and short term\u00a0heroin effects. These include: \t12-step support groups \tAcupuncture therapy program \tAnger management therapy program \tArt therapy program \tCognitive-behavioral therapy program \tCognitive Processing Therapy program We also provide a couples' counseling program, a craniosacral therapy program, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, an EMDR therapy program, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and a family therapy treatment program. Please contact us if you have any questions about the long and short term\u00a0heroin effects, our programs or facilities. We are eager to help you get started down the road to recovery. Conquer your addiction. Create the life you always wanted. You don't have to let addiction control your life any longer. Let us help you overcome your heroin addiction by entering one of our excellent treatment programs at\u00a0Promises Behavioral Health. Call us at so that we can help you get treatment.