Heroin Addiction

Heroin use is typically characterized by a surge of pleasure or euphoria produced by influencing the production of endorphins and dopamine in the brain. Continued use of heroin to experience this euphoria results in the body developing a tolerance for heroin causing it to be more challenging to reach the previously attained “feel-good” levels. Users then increase their doses and frequency which may result in them becoming addicted.

What is Heroin?

Heroin is an opioid drug that comes from the opium poppy flower. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin. It is highly addictive and has been illegal in the United States since 1924. Heroin can be smoked or snorted, however, for the fastest high users will inject it into their veins.

Symptoms and Signs of Heroin Abuse

Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. Heroin use may result in:

  • Collapsed Veins
  • Skin Infections
  • Constricted Pupils
  • Convulsions
  • Coughing
  • Disorientation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Watery Eyes

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

When using heroin one of the reasons people tend to not want to stop using is due to their fear of the withdrawal symptoms they may experience. These may include:

  • Chills
  • Cramps
  • Crying
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like Symptoms
  • Intense Heroin Cravings
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Panic
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Runny Nose
  • Severe Muscle Aches
  • Tremors
  • Watery Eyes

Getting Help

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