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Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Specific nutritional threats discussed

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse is a very effective way of dealing with toxic substances in the body for a better, healthier lifestyle using natural nutritious food elements.

The dangers of substance abuse can be very fatal and life threatening if action to address them is not expedited. Over the decades we have been on the first lane of delivering solutions to this problem with a lot of professionalism, care and excellence. It is our commitment to see this problem eradicated in it’s entirely in our life time and that is the reason why we have not relented in our zeal to its elimination. For that reason, we the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury will remain in the forefront of the fight of drug addiction applying all the tools at our disposal until we can say that the war is worn. Nonetheless this is not an easy assignment and we are acknowledging that and that is why our team of professionals are well trained to the task. Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the effect of proper nutrition in the fight of this problem and we want to further that discussion today in this article by the effects of medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse elimination and how it works.

Doctor Dalal Akoury says that depending on the variance of the substances abused by different individual, their nutritional status, weight problems and disease, we are likely not to have similarities the ways such substances affects them. It is therefore very important that when seeking for the best avenues, we must conduct out a full assessment and evaluation primarily to determine the individual requirements. And that is what we want to first explore in this article with a view of examining the common needs for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) in substance abuse and then discuss the specific nutritional threats each substance poses as well as the recommendations for addressing those threats. By the end of the discussion you will be well equipped to face any nutritional challenges that may come your way even as you fight off addiction. We therefore urge you to stay on the link for much more information about this way of fighting addiction.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a serious health problem that comes into the body due to the deficiencies of several food nutrients. It causes the body to be pale, weak and being vulnerable to any attacks by chronic health complications. Nonetheless for the purpose of our discussion, malnutrition that is related to addiction is categorized either as primary or secondary malnutrition.

Primary malnutrition – this normally occurs when the substance replaces other dietary nutrients in the body thereby causing a lot of intoxication to the body system.

Secondary malnutrition – under normal circumstances this will results from improper nutrient metabolism, absorption, utilization, or excretion even though the diet may be adequate. Even though malnutrition is categorized in either primary or secondary, they both have one common denominator which are both types of malnutrition can result from any substance use.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Effects of malnutrition

Doctor Akoury registers that even though malnutrition can affect any body, it is important to note that patients who are struggling with multiple addictions show increased deficiencies due to malnutrition. Like for instance in one of the studies it was revealed that up to 70% of addicted drug users suffered vitamin D deficiency and low levels of vitamin C, and yet in another research it was also established that some 50% of addicts were deficient either in iron or vitamins (vitamins A, C, and E being most common) during detox.

It is also important to note that MNT for malnutrition roles includes correcting any deficiencies, providing an adequate diet, and addressing any alterations that need to be made to the diet due to oral, digestive, or metabolic issues. A once-a-day, low-potency multivitamin/mineral supplement may be useful for those unable to consume a calorically adequate diet and those with dietary limitations or severe gastrointestinal damage.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Metabolic syndrome

According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, substance abuse, especially alcohol abuse, is closely associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, which consists of increased abdominal obesity, hyperglycemia, abnormal cholesterol, and hypertension. The mechanisms through which substance abuse contributes to this condition includes increased cell damage, reduced energy production, cells’ reduced antioxidant potential, and enhanced excitotoxicity. Some substances, including alcohol and marijuana, lead to higher calorie intakes, increased weight circumference, and poorer nutritional profiles, all of which will lead to an increased metabolic syndrome risk.

The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in substance abusers is reported to be 5% to 31%, with a higher risk for those who abuse alcohol and opioids. Higher risk is thought to be associated with an increased period of dependence on a substance. To reduce this considerably, it is important that we take such patients through counseling particularly on the subject of lifestyle changes. The effectiveness of this will go a long way in decreasing their risk of contracting chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Besides this such patients should also be encouraged to engage in healthy practices like exercise, weight loss and dietary changes to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and quitting smoking.

Before we come to the conclusion of this discussion, I want to give some assurance to you concerning the best way forward even after leaving this sight. But before you go remember that we have only looked at malnutrition and metabolism and we are yet to explore on pharmacotherapy, weight management and eating disorders which are also very instrumental in medical nutrition therapy for substance abuse. Because of that we are going to proceed with the two in our next article and it is going to be very healthy for you to be there. Finally as a possible way forward whenever therapy is mentioned, people often think of resources and the cost implications. Remember what we said in the introduction that we are determined in seeing you through this process of eliminating addiction all through. That is why doctor Dalal Akoury founded this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) so that you can get the much needed assistance conveniently and at a very competitive rate. Therefore if this description suits your situation, then you need to schedule that appointment with doctor Akoury today for the commencement of your recovery journey today.

Medical nutrition therapy for Substance Abuse: Specific nutritional threats discussed









The frustrations of drinking problems and denial

The frustrations of drinking problems and denial: Are you almost alcoholic?

The frustrations of drinking problems and denialEven though alcohol consumption is legally acceptable in all societies, the frustrations of drinking problems and denial by alcohol consumers is becoming an impediment in the effort of alcohol addiction management. According to the experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury’s care, denial is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to getting help for alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Professionally it has been established that the desire to drink is so strong that the mind finds many ways to rationalize drinking, even when the consequences are obvious. By keeping you from looking honestly at your behavior and its negative effects, denial also exacerbates alcohol-related problems with work, finances, and relationships. When an addict is in denial, treatment becomes very difficult and that is why before any treatment can be administered, it is always very vital that the patients gets to acknowledge the existence of the problem and be willing to be helped fix the problem. Doctor Akoury is pointing out at certain pointers that allude to the fact that one is in denial as we progressed into the discussion as follows:

The frustrations of drinking problems and denial: If you have a drinking problem, you may deny it by

  • Extremely underestimating how much you drink
  • Downplaying and underrating the negative consequences of your drinking to your health and that of your loved ones
  • Complaining that family and friends are exaggerating the problem
  • Blaming your drinking or drinking-related problems on others

When it comes to denial, users will always have a host of reason to validate their position of drinking. But the question is will this change the facts about their drinking habits? Certainly not and just take a close look around you and you will notice that our surrounding offers a lot more elements to pass the blame on. It will not surprise you to have an addicted alcoholic refusing to acknowledge the fact that they have a problem by blaming it on their ‘unfair and un accommodative boss’ for trouble at work or the married men passing it on their ‘nagging wife’ for your marital issues. These are common grounds for denial says doctor Dalal Akoury. Instead of them looking at the real problem which is their drinking habit as a contributing factor to the problem, they would rather lean on someone or something. Doctor Akoury is confirming that while elements like work environment, relationship, and financial stresses do happen to everyone, an overall pattern of deterioration and blaming others may be a sign of serious trouble and should not be overlooked. Therefore if you find yourself rationalizing your drinking habits, lying about them, or refusing to discuss the subject, it is very important that you take a moment to consider why you’re being so defensive. Remember that if you truly believe that you don’t have a problem, there should be no reason for you to cover up your drinking or make excuses says doctor Akoury.

The frustrations of drinking problems and denial:  Myths about alcoholism and alcohol abuse

Another serious problem that may bring the frustration of drinking problem and denial is that of myths or concoctions. There are so many myths around drinking and we are going to share with you just but a few as follows:

I can stop drinking anytime I want to – How I wish that this was true but more likely, you can’t but the bottom line is that this is yet another excuse to keep drinking. The truth is you don’t want to stop. By telling yourself that you can quit makes you feel in control, despite all evidence to the contrary and no matter the damage it’s doing.

My drinking is my problem. I’m the one it hurts, so no one has the right to tell me to stop – Doctor Akoury agrees with you that it’s true that the decision to quit drinking is up to you. But the truth is you are deceiving yourself if you think that your drinking hurts no one else but you. Alcoholism affects everyone around you and especially the people closest to you. Your problem is their problem.

I don’t drink every day, so I can’t be an alcoholic OR I only drink wine or beer, so I can’t be an alcoholic – Remember that alcoholism is NOT defined by what you drink, when you drink it, or even how much you drink. It’s all about the EFFECTS of your drinking that define a problem. Therefore if your drinking is causing problems in your home or work life, you have a drinking problem it therefore means that whether you drink daily or only on the weekends, down shots of tequila or stick to wine, drink three bottles of beers a day or three bottles of whiskey if they produce the negative effects then you have a problem which needs to be fixed.

I’m not an alcoholic because I have a job and I’m doing okay – You don’t have to be homeless and drinking out of a brown paper bag to be an alcoholic. Many alcoholics are able to hold down jobs, get through school, and provide for their families. Some are even able to excel. But just because you’re a high-functioning alcoholic doesn’t mean you’re not putting yourself or others in danger. Over time, the effects will catch up with you.

Drinking is not a “real” addiction like drug abuse – Alcohol is a drug, and alcoholism is every bit as damaging as drug addiction. Alcohol addiction causes changes in the body and brain, and long-term alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on your health, your career and your relationships. Alcoholics go through physical withdrawal when they stop drinking, just like drug users do when they quit.

Finally alcohol is a killer substance and the fact that it is legally consumable even makes it more dangerous. The little controls put by different authorities are very inconsequential when it comes to the real damages associated with alcohol abuse. We have discussed a lot but believe you me your health must come first and not the little pleasure you get when taking alcohol with your friends. Experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury care illustrates this with the wise say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Therefore you can either begin the journey of destruction by taking the first sip or start the recovery journey by acknowledging that you have a problem that needs to be fixes and then calling doctor Akoury to schedule for an appointment with her for the commencement of your recovery journey.

The frustrations of drinking problems and denial: Are you almost alcoholic?





Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse: Is there hope for polysubstance abuse victims?

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse will only become effective when all forms of addiction are completely dealt with

Polysubstance abuse like any other forms of addition is affecting everybody without any favor based on race, religion, educational background or social status. Age doesn’t matter too since children and teenagers are also equal victims. With this vast scope of vulnerability, it will only be fare if we all pool together to help in the fight against all kinds of drug abuse including this one that forms the basis of our discussion. In our quest of addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse, we are going to rely on the expertise of doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. It is therefore very important to note that adult polysubstance abuse and according to available statistics, is often associated with other mental health conditions. Homelessness, personality disorders, and psychiatric disorders such as major depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder are common. The overlap of polysubstance dependence and psychiatric problems points to a lot of self-medication. Typically, among multiple substance users, individuals used alcohol or marijuana at an early age and then added other substances (or changed their drugs of choice) without quitting their original substances.

Further to that, among young people, polysubstance abuse is often the norm, and not the exception. Doctor Akoury reports that the most commonly abused polysubstance by adolescents include heroin, marijuana and alcohol. However the other drugs which are also used include MDMA (ecstasy), dextromethorphan, multiple forms of opiates, cocaine, hallucinogens, and inhalants. In a study where young people were involved, it was established that one-half of the young people had used an illicit street drug by the end of their senior year. This has now translated into the need of administering treatment to about two million young people for the abuse of alcohol and drug addiction. The point of concern is that even those this big number is in dire need of medication, it is regrettable that only 8 percent of the victims actually get it. Besides that the study also established that nearly one-third of young people are addicted to psycho-stimulants and are also suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with 20 percent said they gave their medications to others.

One treatment facility said that 33 percent of the adolescents currently in treatment had polysubstance addiction and the elderly are another population that clearly has a problem with polysubstance abuse. The vulnerability of the elderly indicated that they have more medical conditions that often require prescriptions. Over time with debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease the tendency to over medicate (taking more of a drug, more often, forgetting when and if medication was already taken) increases the likelihood of polysubstance abuse. If this is combined with alcohol, the results can be devastating, even fatal.

Elderly women tend to keep their substance abuse and chemical dependency secret. Alcoholism occurs later in women’s lives, perhaps due to problems associated with divorce or separation. Women who are over 55 have less tolerance for alcohol and are therefore more prone to addiction. They are also less likely than men to seek treatment and also use prescribed psychoactive drugs. From the narratives we can conclude that polysubstance abuse is increasingly becoming more prevalent among the street drug user population. Some of the different substances abused include heroin, prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, cocaine, crack, alcohol, and marijuana.

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse: Detoxification for Polysubstance Abuse and Addiction

It is must be noted that before the administration of any treatment that addresses the underlying causes of polysubstance addiction, detoxification must first be done. Detox is more complex and problematic with polysubstance addiction for several reasons. An accurate history of total substances abused must be obtained, and the patient may not be able or willing to provide complete details. Determination of the actual substance being used has to be made using screens for breath, urine, and blood.

Some patients can be treated on an outpatient basis, but others, particularly those with alcohol, sedative, hypnotic, opioid, and anxiolytic abuse may require hospitalization or inpatient detox. Repeated abstinence failures or severe anxiety, depression, or psychotic symptoms lasting 1 to 3 days after abstinence may also require inpatient substance abuse treatment. On admission of the patient, detoxification for opioids will began to show classic alcohol withdrawal symptoms, some professionals will administer treatment routinely to their detox patients with thiamine until a determination could be made that there was no history of alcohol use. Experts are confirming that diagnosis and treatment of patients who have been on psychotropic medications while they were already addicted is more difficult. Therefore if a patient doesn’t know, or is unable to discuss, use of opioid drugs and it’s been days since their last drug use, opiate withdrawal symptoms can lag and urine screens my not be able to detect the drug.

Treatment for mixed addiction that also includes alcohol use may include benzodiazepines during the acute phase of alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepines can help decrease tremors and prevent or reduce increases in heart rate and blood pressure.

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse: Evaluation Factors

If you are concern of the duration treatment will take, then it is important to note that the length of the treatment program can only be determined by how long and what type of substance dependence the patient has, whether or not organ damage exists, any underlying mental illness, the patient’s desire to change and willingness to undergo treatment, adequacy of the patient’s social support system, treatment choice, and plans for ongoing care.

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse: Polysubstance Addiction is there hope?

Finally it is worth noting that fighting polysubstance abuse is not easy owing to the multiple of substances involved. It is very much different in relation to cases where a single substance is in question however it can still be done successfully. The likelihood of success depends on the individual’s determination and discipline to follow through on the requirements to abstain completely from substance abuse. Such determination and discipline does not come easily, especially for hard-core or long-term abusers and addicts. There may be repeated relapses before stability becomes a part of the recovering addict’s life.

After treatment, recovery from polysubstance abuse and addiction just like for any addiction requires ongoing diligence and participation in a support network. While understanding the difficulty involved in treatment and recovery of this nature doctor Dalal Akoury established AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center facility to help in the treatment of all kinds of addiction. Doctor Akoury cares for you and she is riding on more than two decades of experience. Calling on doctor Akoury will benefits you greatly irrespective of the kind of addiction you may be going through. Doctor Akoury is one of the veteran experts in addiction enabling patients make the best results by receiving a combination of medications, natural therapeutic approaches and psychosocial therapies to synergistically align the body, mind and spirit, to ultimately provide a long-term life change and healing. This is the home of all addiction solutions and all you need to do is to schedule for that appointment today.

Addressing the problems of polysubstance abuse: Is there hope for polysubstance abuse victims?



Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center

Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center: When denial is defeated the journey begins

Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center

Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center begins with the understanding Detoxification as an alternative medicine. It helps to know what to do when you are intoxicated

Denial has been seen as the biggest obstacle in the treatment of drug addicts but the moment one is able to deal and overcome this problem, the journey of a more meaningful addiction treatment begins. If the patient is to be enrolled in a rehabilitation center, it is important to note that the moment an individual sets foot inside a drug rehab center, the healing process begins declares doctor Dalal Akoury a veteran expert in addiction. In her over two decades of administration of treatment to patients, doctor Akoury has enable many patients make the best results by receiving a combination of medications, natural therapeutic approaches and psychosocial therapies to synergistically align the body, mind and spirit, to ultimately provide a long-term life change. She says that normally treating addiction at a drug rehab center will start with the process of detoxification. This is a cleansing process that gives all the harmful toxins associated with drug use time to leave or be discharged from the body. it is important to note that during detox, the patient may experience withdrawal symptoms but once completed, it means that they have overcome their physical addiction to drugs. And because some addictions those related to opiates may require medication help during the detoxification process, therefore in the case of such addictions, the patients may continue to take the maintenance medication for a long period of time. In the event that will be the case, then the medical professionals will assess each individual’s situation and determine the best treatment plan.

After detoxification, counseling and therapy constitute the next phase of treatment. More than simply putting a bandage on the problem, drug addiction counseling helps the individual change their behavior for their better. The objective of therapy is to locate each individual’s “triggers” for drug use these are the circumstances that tempt them to use drugs – and then help them find a healthier way to respond to these situations.

There are three primary types of drug addiction counseling: individual, group and family. All types help to address the reasons behind addiction and to develop coping mechanisms to avoid future drug use.

Individual counseling – This involves one-on-one meetings with a therapist to discuss the root causes of addiction and develop life strategies for sobriety.

Group counseling – This therapy involves meetings with other recovering addicts in the program where people share stories and support one another through understanding and compassion.

Family counseling – Family members often feel the most negative impact when a loved one is addicted to drugs. These sessions help clear the air and rebuild the broken bonds that hold a family together. And before we get to the last phase of drug rehab, treatment is very important, and like I have said once denial is defeated, there is greater hope of lasting solution and so if you have come to the realization of the problem, then you need to seek for help immediately. Doctor Dalal Akoury and her AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center should be your starting point. You can do this by scheduling for an appointment with the experts today for the commencement of your recovery journey for a better life full of fulfillments.

That is to the individual patients and to the fellow colleagues and professionals in the medical discipline you too are not left out AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center one of the leading pioneers in natural and holistic addiction treatment founded by doctor Dalal Akoury, will be conducting the first ever educational, functional and integrative addiction conference tailored for doctors, counselors, nurses and addiction therapists. The conference will be help in August 23-25 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Remember that this conference will combine among other things doctor Akoury’s theories together with research and case studies by many of the world’s leading addiction specialists who will provide an all-encompassing interactive and educational conference that will enable doctors and therapists to go back to their clinics and practice a more comprehensive, new and integrative approach to treating addiction. This is one such conference that you don’t want to miss and for more information login towww.integrativeaddiction2015.com or email sharon@integrativeaddiction2015.com. And just to give you the preview of the personalities who will be attending are medical professionals including Dr. Mitch Ghen, DO, Ph.D,., Sean Devlin, DO, HMD., Sahar Swidan, Pharma D. BCPS., Kenneth Proefrock, N.M.D., William Eidelman, M.D., and Gregory G. Smith, MD. These are professional you don’t want to miss learning from their experience.


Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center: The final phase of drug rehab


And now to the final phase of drug rehab, after the first two the final one is the aftercare. This is very important because it is through aftercare, that the individual learns how to cope in their daily lives without the use of drugs and avoiding relapse. A lot more needs to be done at this stage because any kind of neglect could render all the efforts that have been made go to the drain. There are many different types of aftercare which may include the following:

12-step meetings – Groups such as Narcotics Anonymous help the individual get regular support from other recovering addicts in the weeks, months and years following treatment. These meetings help those in need feel as if there is always someone there to support them.

Sober living – A sober living home is a place where recovering addicts can gently transition back into life. They live among other recovering addicts and share responsibilities all in a safe and productive environment that is focused on healing.

Follow-up counseling and therapy – Sometimes, recovering addicts are in need of a life “tune-up” following treatment. These counseling programs help insure that the individual is putting the lessons learned during rehab to good use. Many addicts continue with individual counseling for years after they exit a formal treatment program.

Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center: Find Treatment Help Today

Most drug addiction treatment programs last between a month and a full year, depending on the severity of the individual’s addiction. There are two primary types of drug rehab program: residential (where the individual lives at the facility full time) and outpatient (the recovering addict attends treatment during the day and then returns home in the evening). Choosing the right form of drug rehab depends upon the individual’s lifestyle, responsibilities and specific addiction. Regardless of the specific drug of addiction, rest assured that the addict will be in good hands in high-quality, evidence-based drug rehab programs. So go for it and live a much more productive life thereafter says doctor Dalal Akoury.

Treating Addiction at a Drug Rehab Center: When denial is defeated the journey begins





Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: The Social and Physical Complications

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin must be dealt with decisively if we have to get rid of the drug injections from our lives.

Drug abuse is not anything you would want to wish away casually. The roots of substance abuse are deeply rooted in most societies and the effects are escalating to economic sabotage. Looking at heroine for example, both long and short term effects of heroin use is and can destroy every aspect of your life. It doesn’t care the genesis or the end. The effects are felt from your physical health to your finances, career and relationships. Surprisingly even with the knowledge of such consequences the intense euphoria and heavy sedation of a heroin high are so addictive that users would not care and are willing to run these risks in order to continue their love affair with the drug. This is happening because of one reason, and that is the drug is addictive. We must therefore take the initiative to address addiction as apriority if we have to bring this to manageable levels.

As professionals and ordinary people we all have a role to play. And as experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care we are in the front lane making corrections where people have failed and if you are struggling with any form of addiction then you can schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury for professional addiction treatment. However when you take a look at how heroin affect you after sometimes of abuse, you will notice that recovering from addiction to this devastating drug is absolutely worth the effort. And most importantly you will notice that it was well worth it when you decided to enter a top exclusive private rehabilitation center. We want to encourage you to be part of the solution by making such important decisions that brings real life changes in the societies.

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: Dependence and Addiction

Tolerance, dependence and addiction may be the greatest dangers of heroin use. Throughout the country, the percentage of heroin users who become physically or psychologically dependent on this drug is disturbing. In most states heroin abuse is one of the most common reasons for drug treatment admissions treatment facilities. This tells you that when you’re abusing a drug, you are simply risking your health and jeopardize your abilities to have a bright and successful future. While appreciating the difficulties in taking that step of quitting addiction, the good news is that with all the difficulties it is still possible for you to stop and quite all together. This is the objective we have to help you get out of this addiction and dependency on drugs for survival. Get in touch with doctor Dalal Akoury for any concerns you may be having in line of addiction. In the meantime this can help you make certain resolutions towards this. Like for instance when you’re dependent on a drug, your body and mind rely on that substance to function. Therefore how do you then know when your addiction has crossed the line into heroin dependence? The following can offer good guidance.

Tolerance – You need more of the drug to get the kind of high you want.

Physical withdrawal – You start to experience heroin withdrawal symptoms nausea, vomiting and sweating, shaking, chills when you can’t use the drug.

Psychological withdrawal – You feel anxious, unfocused or depressed when you can’t use heroin.

Failure to quit – Even if you’re aware of the way heroin is harming your body, mind, relationships and work life, you can’t quit, in spite of repeated attempts to get clean.

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: Effects on the Heart and Blood Vessels

Many of the long-term effects of heroin are closely linked with the dangers of intravenous drug use. Although heroin can be injected into muscles, smoked or snorted, users prefer IV injection because it is the fastest way to get that euphoric rush. Just in a few seconds of the injection heroin will be able to meander through the blood and into the brain barrier, where it’s converted into morphine which is a powerful narcotic, by the brain. One of the greatest dangers is that unlike the germ-free solutions and pharmaceuticals that are injected into the veins in a clinical setting, the heroin injection done in the street is obviously not pure or clean. Which is a further risk for health and besides all the users who inject heroin directly into their bloodstream, they are not just doing that but are also passing on substances known as diluents which are primarily responsible for the enhancement of the effects of the drug in question. In one of the study analysis it was established that injectable heroin might contain the following:

  • Caffeine
  • Procaine
  • Starches or sugars
  • Paracetamol
  • Strychnine
  • Fentanyl

Besides that, sharing of needles and other equipment may also be responsible for injecting bacterial contaminants. Bacteria traveling through the bloodstream may cause infections in the circulatory system, including the blood vessels and the heart itself. In heavy heroin users, abscesses and subcutaneous tissue infections (cellulitis) may occur, and veins can become scarred and permanently damaged.

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: Exposure to Disease

Like all other drugs the use of heroin for a long period of time is likely to introduce your body to a collection of blood-borne diseases. Like for instance, sharing needles and having unprotected sex while you’re under the influence can expose you to deadly viral infections like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Hepatitis can cause permanent damage to your liver, interfering with your body’s ability to metabolize nutrients and eliminate toxic wastes. Hepatitis C, which is becoming increasingly common among IV heroin users, can cause serious long-term complications including:

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: Effects on the Lungs

Even though the use of heroin is believed to bring high its addicts, this may not be so when it comes to the central nerve system. Heroin for sure will slow down your central nervous system and suppresses your body’s involuntary processes, like respiration. Besides that it will also suppress the impulse to cough, a healthy reflex that clears all the debris, mucus and harmful organisms from your lungs. If this continues then it causes your lungs to be vulnerable to lung complications like pneumonia and tuberculosis. Of all these concerns, what is very painful is that most long term heroin users often neglect their health and as a result their general health deteriorates thereby worsening the consequences of lung diseases.

Finally in dealing with both the long and short term effects of heroin, it is important to note that all is not lost no matter the state you are in. with good care and professional recovery programs available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, your conditions will be turn around into jubilation if only you can schedule for that very important appointment with doctor Akoury today. If this has taken a toll on you, it will not be easy but it is still not impossible.

Long and Short Term Effects of Heroin: The Social and Physical Complications