Heroin is a very addictive drug which is categorized as an opioid. This drug comes from the poppy plant; it is what exists before the plant is refined into morphine. Heroin is highly addictive, even more so than morphine. This opioid is very harmful and can lead to several illnesses and even death. Heroin is an illegal drug and is usually sold in various forms. It can be seen as a powder, either white or brown. Sometimes, heroin may be sold as what is called “black tar heroin”, which is a sticky and dark substance. It can also come as a solid and dark chunk. Heroin can be injected, snorted, or smoked.
When people consume heroin for a little while, it has very negative effects. The drug does not take long to cause issues within one’s body. In fact, upon use, people can feel immediate effects. Nausea, vomiting, and dryness in the mouth are all normal results of heroin use. The person may not feel these effects for long after only using the drug. However, a little while after use, the drug can cause other symptoms for the individual. The person may begin to feel drowsy or “out of it”. He or she might experience a slowing of the heart and breathing rates.
Heroin produces a euphoric high, which is what people enjoy most about it. It might also make individuals feel calmer. Eventually, as a person uses more heroin, the effects will prove to be more long term. As the body learns to operate under the influence of heroin, it will build a tolerance for the drug. This means that the individual will become so accustomed to the normal dose of heroin that the dosage will no longer produce the desired effect. Although a small amount of heroin in the system once caused the person to feel high, a tolerance for the drug will cause the person to need more of the drug in order to have that same high feeling.
After the person builds up a tolerance for heroin, he or she might become physically dependent on the opioid. The individual’s body will seem completely helpless without the influence of the drug. People who are dependent on heroin feel like they cannot properly operate without it. They don’t feel “normal” unless they consume more of the drug. This dependence could possibly lead to major health problems, such as skin infections, kidney and liver diseases, and collapsed veins.
Unfortunately, people who consume heroin for a long time deal with a lot of negative results. The most important thing for people in this condition is detox and treatment. Many times, when people try to end their drug use, they deal with some harsh withdrawal symptoms, including:
Thankfully, it is possible to treat heroin dependency. Mountainview Recovery provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) which is known to help people who have become dependent on an addictive substance. We use medication to assist those who are dealing with dependency. Prescriptions such as Suboxone and Vivitrol can help make the detox and recovery process much easier. If you think MAT can help you, contact Mountainview Recovery today.