Overcoming an Addiction to Heroin

Addiction is complex and changes the way your brain functions. Over time, the brain becomes dependent on the drug or alcohol, making it difficult to quit using. Heroin delivers a potent rush of euphoria and is extremely addictive. Heroin is an opiate that causes psychological, physical, and social problems and can result in overdose and death. After just one use, a person can develop an addiction to heroin.

Effects of heroin use

A person builds a tolerance to heroin each time they use it. This means they must take more of the heroin, more often to achieve the same intense high as the first time. As a person uses more heroin and more often, the risk of overdose or death increases.

Heroin addiction affects everything in a person’s life, as well as the lives of loved ones. Relationships are destroyed, physical and mental health is compromised, and they are at risk of losing their job due to low productivity, frequent absences, and tardiness. Heroin interferes with responsibilities and time spent with loved ones. As the addiction progresses, the individual’s physical appearance deteriorates and psychological well-being diminishes. 

Self-care is neglected with addiction. The drug use becomes the sole focus of the person’s life. Before going to treatment, they must go through detox to eliminate all toxic substances from their body. Never attempt to stop using heroin on your own. The withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable. Some withdrawal symptoms include depression, strong cravings, sweats, chills, sleeplessness, nausea and suicidal thoughts.


Recovery does happen. Matt Bradley, of Deadliest Catch, is a former heroin user and in long-term recovery under nearly impossible conditions. Heroin took him to some very dark places. Now, instead of using drugs or alcohol, he is giving his time to service and helping others. Matt is actively in a 12-step program and uses this opportunity to “share the message that anyone can make it to recovery.” (J. Broderick, 2017, Huffpost)

Treatment for addiction

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Recovery is possible. Many people recover from heroin addiction and proceed to live healthy, sober, and fulfilling lives. Do not wait another day to reclaim your life, mend relationships with loved ones, and improve physical and mental health. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone.


Daylight Recovery Services takes a holistic approach to substance abuse and co-occurring disorder treatment to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual facets of addiction and recovery. We ensure clients emerge from our facility with the proper tools and confidence in their ability to lead a healthy, enjoyable life. If you or someone you love is ready to break free of the bondage of addiction, contact one of our recovery experts today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT.