Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It is both the most abused and the most rapid acting of the opiates. Heroin is made from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain poppy plants. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as the black sticky substance also known as “black tar heroin.”
Although purer heroin is becoming more common, most street heroin is “cut” with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. Street heroin also can be cut with strychnine or other poisons. Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents, they are at risk of overdose or death. Heroin also poses special problems because of the transmission of HIV and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles or other injection equipment.
How Is Heroin Abused
There are many different methods of abusing heroin.
- Shooting – The process of breaking it down into liquid form to get it into a syringe
- Snorting – This can be done in its original form
- Smoking – This can be done in its original form
- Parachuting – The process of putting it in a gel cap or some form of paper to be able to swallow it
- Plugging – The process of putting it into a gel cap and inserting it into the anus
Typically, a heroin user may inject/use up to four times a day. Intravenous injection provides the greatest intensity and most rapid onset of euphoria (7 to 8 seconds), while intramuscular injection produces a slow onset of euphoria (5 to 8 minutes). When heroin is sniffed or smoked, peak effects are usually felt within 10 to 15 minutes.
Soon after injection, heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier. In the brain, heroin is converted to morphine and binds to opioid receptors. Users typically report feeling a surge of pleasure called a “rush.” Heroin is particularly addictive because of how quickly it enters the brain. With heroin, the rush is usually accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and a heavy feeling in the extremities, which may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and severe itching. After the initial effects, users will usually be drowsy for several hours. Mental function is clouded by heroin’s effect on the central nervous system. Cardiac function slows. Breathing is also slowed, sometimes to the point of death. Heroin overdose is a big risk on the street, where the amount and purity of the drug cannot be accurately known.
Someone using heroin for over a month, is most liking at a point where they only use heroin in order to feel normal. This means that they are at a point of trying to stop using heroin.
Maybe you are trying to get sober for the first time or maybe you have relapsed and are wondering……
Why did I pick up again?
The simple answer is that you feel nothing else you have ever experienced compares in the slightest to heroin. Nothing in your life seems worth stopping for. Life is empty without it, there is nothing to replace it with, nothing to look forward to. You look at yourself in the mirror and realize how skinny and ugly you look and it just seems like such a long road to put it all right again. You just think “screw it” and carry on with the drugs. Whats the point….Right?
You have lost everything due to heroin. Yet you believe its lies when it tells you that it will make everything better.
That is the heroin talking to you! Don’t believe its lies.
Imagine feeling good about yourself! Imagine finally breaking free from the hold heroin has on you! There are better feelings in life!
Stop waking up each day only to think about where to get the money to get the heroin. Stop waking up each day wondering why you have to be awake.
Get to treatment and see what it feels like to wake up, happy to be alive! Imagine life without the control of heroin. Imagine smiling…
The therapy received in treatment will get you there! These things are achievable and its not a long road!
Signs of Heroin Addiction
- An increased tolerance for the drug
- An inability to stop or reduce usage
- Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using
- A desire to keep using even when health complications arise
- An impact on quality of life, including relationships and employment
- Spending excess time and money on drugs
- Excessive sleeping or extreme weight loss or gain
- Turning to crime to pay for more heroin
What are you risking being addicted to heroin?
- Depressed respiration
- Clouded mental functioning
- Nausea and vomiting
- Spontaneous abortion
- Infectious diseases, for example, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C
- Collapsed veins
- Bacterial infections
- Infection of heart lining and valves
- Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
- Liver disease
- Cold flashes
- Leg movements
- Muscle pain
- Skin crawling
We know that the fear of withdrawal alone can stop you from going to a detox, but Revive Wellness and Detox will put you in a place that uses suboxone to help you go through detox with out the symptoms.
A Recovery Plan
First things first. Clear the cloud in your head at a detox or a detoxification center. Revive Wellness and Detox can help you find a detox center to help you through your heroin addiction. Call now for help!
Attending a drug rehabilitation center is detrimental to your recovery. When it comes to a heroin recovery, therapy is essential. Revive Recovery will place you in the drug treatment center that will best fit your needs. Call today for help getting into a rehabilitation center.
Revive Wellness and Detox doesn’t only put you in detox, treatment, and sober living, we also help you get involved and active with an accountability group, church group, or a 12 step group. We don’t want to see you get caught up in the vicious addiction cycle. Our main goal is your success!