Autoimmune Disorders and Heroin Addiction
Autoimmune disorders cause the body to mistake its own tissues and organs for viruses and other health threats. These disorders can cause crippling symptoms that some people treat with recreational drug abuse, for instance heroin. The immune system can suffer from heroin abuse, which will worsen autoimmune disorders, so to recover from both of these problems patients need professional help that addresses both problems at the same time.
How Autoimmune Disorders Work
The immune systems of patients with autoimmune disorders have trouble distinguishing between natural and foreign substances. This means their immune systems attack their own tissues and organs, which causes a wide range of painful symptoms, and sometimes death. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, at least 23.5 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disorder, with more women being affected than men.
Autoimmune disorders are classified by how they work and the part of the body they attack, especially the following disorders and their following affected areas:
- Alopecia areata (hair follicles)
- Autoimmune hepatitis (liver)
- Celiac disease (gluten intolerance that irritates the small intestine)
- Type 1 diabetes (insulin and metabolism)
- Grave’s disease (thyroid)
- Guillain Barre (nerves and brain)
- Hemolytic anemia (blood)
- Multiple sclerosis (nerves)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (joints and bones)
- Lupus (skin, organs, joints, bones and etc.)
In some cases medical treatment and lifestyle changes can treat disorders. For instance, people with celiac disease can greatly reduce their suffering by avoiding foods with gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Other patients are not so fortunate and need professional help.
How Heroin Affects the Immune System
Doctors now recognize that most recreational drugs threaten the immune system. Heroin, an opiate, is directly linked to the following autoimmune disorders:
- Neurological diseases
- Cardiac diseases
- Muscular diseases
- Kidney disease
The beginnings of an autoimmune disorder can be detected just a few hours after the first injection of heroin. Intravenous drug use affects all organs of the body, so seek help as soon as possible to treat the disorder and addiction at the same time.
Help for Heroin Abuse and Autoimmune Disorders
If you are ready treat both your autoimmune disorder and heroin abuse, then please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our staff members are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions about heroin abuse, autoimmune disorders and recovery. Healing is possible, and we can help, so call now for immediate, confidential support.