Heroin addiction is extremely dangerous. An illicit substance that belongs to a class of drugs called opioids, heroin has become infamous for its powerful addictive properties and high rates of overdose. Heroin is usually sold in a white or brown powder form, but is sometimes sold as a dark brown sticky “tar” that can be injected or smoked. The risk of overdose and infection by dirty needles makes injection the most dangerous way to take heroin.
Users experience a euphoric high that floods the brain with artificial pain-killing chemicals. It has been described as a sensation of being “covered in a warm blanket where all your worries are gone.” The movements and thoughts of users slow down, and the world appears to move slowly, like a dream.
Some people suffering from anxieties, fears, and stressors turn to heroin. The heroin high brings a rush of good feelings and warmth. It can be addicting after only one or two uses. Once addicted to heroin, people must use it daily to avoid withdrawal. But the longer they use heroin, the more addicted they become. The drug then becomes the center of their lives and the things they once cherished lose their importance.
Addiction to heroin has increased due to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin. For many people, their prescription runs out, they can no longer afford prescription drugs, or they want a stronger high. So they turn to heroin.
Heroin has many dangerous side effects and risks, including:
- nausea and vomiting
- lack of pain sensation
- slow breathing
- slow heart rate
A heroin overdose can kill a user by stopping the heart.
Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Heroin addiction is a serious medical disease, and people with this addiction need compassion and understanding. Most need professional treatment to quit using heroin and successfully recover.
For more information on treatment for heroin addiction at NH Hospital in Houston, Texas, call (281) 397-1530.