Snorting Heroin – How Dangerous Is It?
If you’re snorting heroin, you’re probably telling yourself that it’s a better method because, this way, you won’t damage your body and get addicted to it that easy, right?
Well, we understand why you might think that. After all, if you snort the drug, you won’t risk contracting HIV and/or hepatitis since you won’t be using syringes. Also, the absorption process is not that fast, as it takes about 5 minutes until you start experiencing the high. Thus, you get the impression that you’re less likely to become addicted to heroin.
However, while you might think it’s a safer option, the reality is far from it. Snorting heroin can actually cause severe health issues:
- Lung Problems
- Lack of Oxygen to the Brain
- Intense Depression
- Sinus Infections
- Damaged Mucus Membranes in the Nose
- Nasal Inflammation
- Chronic Constipation
- Intestinal Damage
What’s more, one of the biggest risks of taking heroin is overdosing – and that applies to snorting heroin too! And sadly, a heroin overdose usually ends in death.
Just back in 2013, for instance, around 8,200 people died because of a heroin overdose. Unfortunately, the numbers haven’t changed for the better over the years.
How do you end up overdosing? Simply put, it’s all about the tolerance. If you engage in snorting heroin, you most likely do it casually. Basically, you probably spend a couple of days doing the drug, and then take a break to recover.
The problem is that during that short period of “rest,” your heroin tolerance will fade away quickly. Moreover, when you start snorting heroin again, you’re extremely likely to use the same amount of heroin you did before you stopped because you’re unaware of the decreased tolerance.
Thus, you run the immense risk of overdosing.
Plus, eventually, you will move on to smoking or injecting heroin just so that you can feel a more intense high faster. You might think that snorting heroin is less addictive, but the reality is that even this method is can be quite addicting. As a result, you will end up struggling with heroin addiction.
And do you know what that means?
It means that once you will try to stop taking heroin for good or just run out of it, the withdrawal symptoms will start kicking in. And in the case of heroin, the whole withdrawal process can be extremely painful.
Heroin Withdrawal – A Traumatic Experience
Usually, heroin withdrawal will manifest itself in 3 phases:
- 6-12 hours after your last dose – This is when some withdrawal symptoms will start manifesting themselves.
- 1-3 days after your last dose – This is the peak of the withdrawal. It’s when the symptoms will become extremely intense.
- 1 week after your last dose – By this time, most of the withdrawal symptoms will start to fade away.
Unfortunately, the third phase is rarely the end of someone’s heroin addiction. That’s because, if you are unlucky enough, you might develop Protracted Withdrawal Symptoms. Basically, those are similar to heroin withdrawal symptoms, but they can occur randomly and last up to a few years!
So, let’s get to the withdrawal symptoms themselves. Essentially, you’ve got 3 types of symptoms:
1. Mild Withdrawal Symptoms
- Abdominal Cramps
- Runny Nose
- Muscle and Bone Aches
2. Moderate Withdrawal Symptoms
- Trouble Concentrating
3. Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
- Impaired Breathing
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Muscle Spasms
- Intense Drug Cravings
Do keep in mind that it’s not necessary to experience each and every symptom for it to be true that you are dealing with heroin withdrawal. In fact, you might not even experience all the symptoms on this list.
What’s more, you should keep in mind that there are certain factors that can influence your withdrawal symptoms:
- How long you’ve been snorting heroin
- How often you take heroin.
- The amount of heroin you consume.
- If there is a history of drug abuse in your family.
- If you mix vices (combining your heroin use with drinking).
- If you have a genetic predisposition to becoming addicted.
- How you take heroin (since you snort it, some symptoms might be less severe, but not by much).
This definitely sounds scary overall, right?
We know – which is why we want to offer you a solution. The best way to prevent heroin withdrawal from putting your life in danger is to rely on inpatient detox for help.
And before you ask, no, you shouldn’t attempt to face heroin withdrawal on your own!
Trying to Quit “Cold Turkey” – A Deadly Risk
We realize you might be tempted to overcome your addiction all on your own, and we’re not implying you don’t have the strength or courage to face your addiction.
However, the truth of the matter is that trying to quit heroin all by yourself can be extremely dangerous – and even deadly!
For one, you’ll end up struggling with very severe drug cravings. And since the other withdrawal symptoms will be very intense by that point, you’ll be extremely tempted to start snorting heroin again in order to make the pain go away.
Sadly, like we’ve already discussed, you’re likely to experience an overdose by just snorting heroin normally. So, you can imagine how huge the risk is when you do it because the cravings got the best of you.
Without a doubt, you will likely overdose and put your life in serious danger.
What’s more, if you try to quit on your own, you might also experience:
- Heart Attacks
- Panic Attacks
- Anxiety Attacks
Thus, it’s quite obvious that residential rehab is your best bet.
Inpatient Detox – The Main Benefits
To make a long story short, here are some of the primary advantages you’ll get to enjoy if you opt for residential rehab:
You’ll Be Safe
An inpatient detox center can offer you exactly what you need in this situation – medical assistance!
Essentially, medical experts will monitor you closely and administer counter-drugs to make sure you won’t have to deal with any withdrawal symptoms. Yes, that pretty much means that you won’t be at risk of experiencing the painful withdrawal process we previously discussed.
Plus, not only can that save your life, but it can also help you focus on your recovery, as the withdrawal symptoms – especially the cravings – won’t be able to distract you anymore.
You Will Enjoy Proper Care
Many people in your situation mistakenly believe that inpatient detox is similar to being hospitalized. Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In reality, you will receive round-the-clock nursing alongside the medical assistance we just mentioned. And we’re not talking about hospital-styled nursing.
No, we’re referring to specialists who will do everything in their power to meet every single one of your needs.
For example, you won’t have to worry about having to cook or settle for sub-par meals. Inpatient rehab centers usually hire professional chefs who will prepare healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for you.
You Will Be Able to Truly Understand Your Addiction
Whether you want to learn more about the dangers of snorting heroin, or just come to understand what caused your addiction in the first place, an inpatient detox facility can help you out.
That’s because you will be provided with psychiatric evaluations, group therapy sessions, and even one-on-one counseling.
All of that will, in turn, help you get to the real root of your heroin addiction, so that you can finally regain control of your life once and for all.
Starting to Think Residential Rehab Is Just What You Need?
We’re happy to hear that. Just remember to choose the best detox facility there is – something like that is crucial in this situation.
Fortunately, we can provide you with exactly the kind of care and assistance you need and deserve right now.
BLVD Treatment Centers – The Best Way to Get Clean for Good
Snorting heroin can have serious consequences for your health – both physical and mental. That’s why you need to benefit from the most efficient rehab there is.
Luckily, that’s exactly what we can offer. We have plenty of experience with helping heroin addiction victims overcome their drug abuse struggles and regain control of their lives. And we can make sure you can take advantage of all that in a healthy, emotionally-secure, and comfortable environment.
Plus, you can enjoy that at our luxurious and spacious Hollywood and Corona inpatient rehab facilities, which are located in exclusive neighborhoods. As a result, you will be exposed to plenty of peace and quiet – exactly what you need right now!
That’s not all, of course. At our residential rehab centers, we also offer:
- Psychiatric Evaluations
- Chef-Prepared Gourmet Meals
- HDTV with Cable
- Quality Groups Therapy Sessions
- One-on-One Counseling
- A Through Aftercare Program
What’s more, you will benefit from top-notch services as well:
- Medically-Assisted Detox – Snorting heroin can cause painful, traumatic withdrawal symptoms. Well, our medical experts will make sure you won’t experience any of them.
- Personalized Rehab Programs – We employ recovery specialists who will take all your info into account so that they can design an individualized detox treatment that will surely meet every single one of your needs.
- Transport Services – Need help getting to our detox centers? No problem! We can handle travel arrangements on your behalf, and even arrange for you to travel alongside a sober companion if you so desire.
- 24/7 Supervision – At our facilities, you will never feel like you are on your own. Our staff is always just around the corner, ready to offer you the assistance and attention you need and deserve in this situation.
Furthermore, once you finish your inpatient detox treatment, you won’t have to worry about being on your own. We provide outpatient programs too, so that you can continue taking advantage of our amazing support and care.
And since we offer access to 2 flexible programs, you won’t have to drastically alter your day-to-day schedule in the slightest:
- The Day Program – You can rely on BLVD Treatment Centers for quality assistance Monday through Friday, from 10AM to 4PM.
- The Night Program – Our night-time programs are more educational in nature, and you can benefit from them every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6PM to 9PM.
By opting for our outpatient detox facilities, you will get to truly understand how your addiction works. After all, we offer educational courses that address subjects such as:
- How to have a relationship when you’re sober.
- Re-adjusting to family dynamics post-rehab.
- How snorting heroin impacts your physical and mental wellbeing.
- What you can do to make sure you won’t relapse.
That, and we also provide amazing therapy options:
- Equine Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
And a variety of Yoga, acupuncture, Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, and drum circle.
Right now, we have detox centers in numerous cities throughout the country:
Call 8885376671 to Regain Full Control of Your Life
We’re available 24/7, and our treatment specialists will help you pick the right rehab program for you. What’s more, they will also work with your insurance provide to see if it’s possible for your rehab costs to be 100% covered.
If it isn’t you might be eligible for some of our financial assistance programs instead. Alternatively, we also offer budget-friendly private payment plans. Our fees are billed monthly, but we can also handle bi-weekly payments.
So, call 8885376671 or contact us online – you have plenty of reasons to do so!
- Every phone call you make is fully confidential.
- We don’t keep any insurance records and credit cards on file.
- You can start your recovery within 24 hours – no waitlists involved!