When it comes to illegal street drugs, few are more serious or more addictive than heroin. While many people realize the addictiveness of heroin, few are more familiar with it than that. In the recent past, heroin addiction and abuse appeared to be on the decline. However, even more recently, it has made quite the substantial comeback, sending many people into drug addiction treatment centers around the country.
Heroin addiction is an incredibly complicated and difficult struggle for anyone to face, particularly when that person and the people who care about them do not know enough about heroin addiction to do anything to help with the situation. But, when people arm themselves with the important information regarding this dangerous drug and addiction, they will be able to detect heroin addiction sooner rather than later and can help those they care about to seek out and get the help they need to overcome their addiction.
If you are seeking quality heroin addiction treatment, call Drug Treatment Centers Perth Amboy now at (732) 226-8913 to start planning your recovery.
A derivative of a legal opioid medication, heroin is a highly addictive and illegal narcotic (opioid). Morphine, the drug from which heroin is derived, is used to treat moderate up to extremely severe pain and is a natural substance that comes from the seedpods of poppy plants. While morphine itself can be addictive, heroin has even more of a potent effect and is even more addictive than the medication it is made from.
While most people are under the impression that heroin is a singular drug, there are actually two distinct forms of heroin available on the streets. Firstly, there is a bright, white powder version of heroin known only as pure heroin. Pure heroin is by far more expensive that the alternative version because it is so highly refined to remove any impurities. Because it is so pure, this form of heroin is often smoked or snorted and only occasionally melted down to be injected directly into the veins.
While pure heroin is technically superior in quality to the alternative, it is far less common. Black tar or sticky heroin is so named because of the dark residue that results from impurities remaining in the product. This form of heroin is almost always injected directly into the veins.
While most drug addictions show similar signs to one another, heroin does have a few of its own, distinct symptoms and signs. Some of these signs and symptoms are:
Heroin is not only highly addictive but can also have unbelievably dire consequences for the user’s health. First and foremost, heroin overdoses are quite possible and can be fatal. This is due to the fact that a person’s breathing slows a great deal when they take a “normal” dose of heroin. Therefore, too much heroin runs a high risk of causing you to stop breathing entirely.
Depression is the most common mental health risk that heroin users face, creating a dual diagnosis condition. However, anxiety is often a negative effect of heroin addiction. Hygiene issues can lead to serious issues, particularly because heroin abusers often have open wounds from frequent needle use and from scratching the itching they feel under their skin. The lack of hygiene paired with the open wounds can easily lead to infection. Sepsis, a serious blood infection can result or even endocarditis, an infection in the heart.
Now that you understand the seriousness of heroin abuse and addiction, you are better equipped to help yourself or those you love get the help they need for such problems. So, if you do see the signs of use in anyone you care about, contact a substance abuse counselor at Drug Treatment Centers Perth Amboy at (732) 226-8913 as soon as possible to help protect them from the more serious negative health consequences of prolonged heroin abuse.
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