How Your Brain Heals After Quitting Heroin

August 21st, 2018
How Your Brain Heals After Quitting Heroin

How your brain heals after quitting heroin.

Mood: Heroin damages the brain's neurotransmitters  — specifically endorphins and dopamine. After quitting heroin, your brain's level of endorphins and dopamine normalize, which reduces stress and produces a feeling of well-being.

Cravings: As you recover, the powerful urge to use heroin gets weaker, and your ability to resist environmental triggers gets stronger. 

Emotions: Quitting heroin frees you to address and resolve feelings of anger, guilt, and depression. Quality of life and psychological health improve, which offers a path to rebuilding self-esteem, relationships, and community ties. 

Sleep: Insomnia, fragmented sleep patterns, and sleep anxiety recede as your brain adjusts. Jitters and exhaustion subside as your body begins to heal. 

Hormones: You stop experiencing the negative effects of heroin on your sex drive. Hormones such as testosterone and estrogen normalize and help allow for healthier sexual and endocrine function. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with heroin addiction, we are here to help. Reach out to Mountainside by calling 888 833 4676.

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E. C. on August 15, 2020 10:19 AM

Speaking in regards to long-term, does your body heal after quitting heroin? Being clean for over a year and a half, my back kills me more than it did before I started abusing the drug; and I've had no injuries done to it in the first place. How long does it take your body to heal completely? Does it completely heal or is it just never the same? Are there long-term effects on the body, even after a year?