The effects of heroin abuse vary from person to person. The severities of symptoms tend to get worse the longer the drug is abused. The effects of heroin abuse are infections of the valves and the lining of the heart, liver disease, kidney disease, respiratory depression, skin diseases and abscesses and risk for blood borne pathogens.
The factors that influence a successful detox are motivation or readiness, drug use level, duration and also post-detox support plans. Individuals can suffer from the withdrawal symptoms or heroin detox like body and muscle ache, depression, constipation, insomnia, vomiting and agitation or irritability. However, there are medications that can help prevent the withdrawal symptoms such as Buprenorphine, benzodiazepine, methadone and clonidine.