Heroin is a highly addictive substance which is actually an opioid. However, it is heavily used as a drug to achieve a “high” or euphoric state, which makes it more of a problematic drug than other opioids.
Heroin works as a fast-acting opioid which effectively covers pain receptors and produces a feeling of euphoria in the user. It is taken from opioid poppy plants grown in Mexico and Asia and is generally in the form of dust. Heroin is illegal and not prescribed in the U.S. It is sometimes a next-level resort for those who have become addicted to regular, prescribed opioids.
Heroin causes vomiting, itching, nodding in and out of consciousness, and clouded thought. In the long-term, it may cause liver and kidney disease, damaged tissues, depression and antisocial behavior, abscesses, insomnia, and many other unfortunate side effects.
Some symptoms of being addicted to heroin include:
● Shortness of Breath
● Constricted Pupils
● Disoriented Behavior
● Drastically Changing Behavior
● Avoiding Eye Contact
● Loss of Motivation Toward Any Future Goals
● Disconnecting Socially
● Lack of Interest in Life
If you’re facing these symptoms or recognize them in a loved one, it is important to find help. Heroin is highly addictive, and those who are struggling with it do not generally overcome this addiction on their own.
Some ways of treating heroin addiction include ongoing inpatient rehab, medications for withdrawals, and lifestyle changes. Due to the highly addictive nature of heroin, the monitoring process of recovering from this addiction is longer than some others.
Inpatient rehab is a way to get the client out of a position where they will be susceptible to relapse. They are in an environment of healing and help, with medical professionals nearby. This allows them to detox from the heroin and go through the withdrawal process with help from medical personnel and connecting with others. They also can reconnect with themselves and reconnect with old friends or family they may have shut out.
Some medications for heroin withdrawal include Buprenorphine, which requires use with caution, and Suboxone, which works like Buprenorphine but also inhibits the effects of heroin, should the client relapse. Suboxone prevents them from getting that “high” or euphoric effect which the withdrawal period prompts.
Another effective treatment for heroin addiction includes lifestyle changes. This can include more social interactions with other people, therapy, regular exercise, diet changes, and a regular sleep schedule. It also includes staying away from things which would trigger the urge to feel the euphoric effects which heroin intake gives.