4 Major Effects of Heroin Abuse

Heroin affects the body in many ways.

Here are 4 of the most extreme effects of heroin abuse.

  1. Pain relief
    Heroin is among the most effective analgesics in medicine. Despite the advent of various chemical agents with an opiate analgesic effect, it remains the best painkiller. The precise effect of this analgesic effect is unknown. The thought of pain still exists, but the euphoric feelings make you pay less attention to the pain and therefore feel it less.
  2. Inhibition of respiratory centre
    Breathing becomes somewhat inhibited as an effect of heroin abuse, so your breathing becomes extremely slow. The consequence of this is that the body is deprived of fresh oxygen so therefore your skin becomes a blue-violet colour. An overdose can occur because a respiratory arrest can result in death if you don’t receive help immediately.
  3. Impaired bowel function
    One of the effects of heroin abuse is that the peristaltic movements of the intestines decrease. As a result, this causes constipation. This can cause serious long term problems.
  4. Inhibition of sexual functions
    Taking heroin can inhibit certain sexual functions. Thus, heroin addicts generally have less interest in sex.
    In men, impotence can occur and in women, menstruation can be delayed.

Effects of Heroin Abuse Houghton House drug Rehabitation in JohannesburgThese are only a few of the effects of heroin abuse. Heroin abuse is very dangerous and can lead to very serious long term health issues.

Houghton House Group Of Treatment Centres has a heroin rehab program with one of the highest success rates in the world. The treatment centres that form the group provide specialist assistance in heroin addiction cases and have been assisting users to cease their addictions for the past twenty years.

The very high success statistics and exclusive treatment centres have brought people into these centres from all over the world.

 Recovery from Heroin Addiction is always possible.


It is important to remember that help is available. If you believe that your loved one is in the throes of heroin addiction, or if you yourself are caught in the cycle of heroin addiction. Contact Houghton House today  on dealing with alcohol or  substance abuse and getting yourself into rehab to start a new life, call Houghton House now:

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