What Does Nyaope Do To The Body?
Nyaope is a street drug that is ravaging informal settlement, poor communities and city centres across South Africa. It is available at a low price and is physically addictive; this results in users quickly becoming addicted and terrorizing communities for that next high. Nyaope is primarily made up of low-grade heroin. It appears as a white or brown powder that is smoked with marijuana or, as the addiction progresses, it is injected intravenously.
Because nyaope is physically addictive, users can experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Excessive yawning or sneezing
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle and bone cramps
The associated pain and fear of withdrawal keep the user in a constant state of use (a cycle). After the initial effects of euphoria and relaxation, a feeling of drowsiness and elation can persist for several hours. Mental function is clouded and heart functions, as well as breathing functions, are slowed.
Most users of nyaope start off smoking it, once their tolerance to the substance builds up, the user moves on to injecting themselves in order to achieve a more intense ‘high’. The consequences of long-term use can be grave and long-lasting. Some of the consequences of long term nyaope use are:
- Scaring from continued injecting
- Venous sclerosis
- Bacterial/Fungal endocarditis
- Overdose and death
The consequences of nyaope addiction are long-lasting and devastating, not only for the addict but their families and their communities. Getting professional help is necessary for anyone coming off nyaope, a medical detox is needed- then the addict needs assistance learning to cope and manage with life without the use of substances.
If you or a loved one need assistance with detoxing from nyaope – know that help is readily available. The road to recovery is not always an easy one but getting yourself or your loved one the best care from the team at Crossroads Recovery Centre, provides you with a map to sober, healthy living. No matter how bad things seem, there is hope and it’s just a phone call away. If you or anyone close to you needs help with an addiction to sex, gambling, substances, alcohol or food, please contact us for a free assessment.
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