What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive drug which comes from opium poppy, a flower that grows in Mexico, South America & Asia. It consists of white powder however it is also in dark brown, white black tar heroin is either sticky or hard. Other names used for this drug are Black Tar, Big H, Horse, smack and caballo(Spanish). It is usually injected into a vein but it can also be sniffed, snorted, inhaled or smoked. It is mostly used by people to treat stress, worries, anxiety and other stressors. After taking heroin, people usually get a good feeling of happiness and they feel if the world has slowed down. Some feel like they are in a dream. Addiction of heroin leads to infectious disease like Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and HIV that causes AIDS.

Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

Symptoms of heroin addiction occur rapidly and its reaction lasts for a few hours. Heroin does not produce a quick reaction but it shows signs of being high when it affects your brain. These symptoms include:

Needle Marks(if injecting the drug)

Constricted Pupils

Flushed Skin


Loss of Self-Control

Other symptoms of heroin include:

Difficulty in making decisions

Disorientation or confused thinking

Memory Loss

Memory Loss

Short-Term Effects

Common Effects of heroin include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry Mouth
  • Itching
  • Clouded mental functioning
  • Agitation and Drowsiness
  • Slow Breathing(which can lead to coma and permanent brain damage)

Long-Term Effects

Long-Term exposure to Heroin may lead to:

  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Insomnia
  • Complications in lungs, including pneumonia
  • Sexual Dysfunction in Men
  • Incoherent or slurred speech
  • Slow Breathing(which can lead to coma and permanent brain damage)
  • Stomach cramping and constipation
  • Infection of valves and heart lining
  • Collapsed veins of people who inject the drug
  • Mental disorders such as antisocial personality disorder or depression
  • Tissue damage inside the nose for people who snort or sniff it

How do you get addicted to Heroine?

Addiction of heroin can happen to anyone. Addiction is multifaceted. It can include psychological, genetic and environmental factors. Some of the factors which develop drug addiction are:

  • History of anxiety or severe depression
  • Use of heavy tobacco
  • Unemployment
  • Personal or family history of addiction to other substances
  • History of risk-taking behaviour
  • Exposure to high-risk individuals or environments

How do you cure Heroin Addiction?

No addiction is permanent or even long term. Different treatments including medicines and therapies are effective in helping people to stop heroin use. Opioid disorder has various kinds of treatment. However, it is vital to match the best treatment approach to meet the actual needs of individual patient. The kind of treatment usually depends on:

  • The individual
  • The substance being used
  • Any coexisting medical conditions

Behavioral therapy is a type of “talk” therapy which is commonly used to treat drug addiction. This therapy usually takes 12 to 16 sessions with the therapist. According to therapists, this treatment will help you to change how you feel and behave. It can also help a person:

  • Build coping skills when faced with cravings
  • Identify triggers of drugs use
  • deal with emotional discomfort

If you want to recover from addiction, you’ll need to detox to get rid of heroin from your life. Start detox in a rehab centre where medical professionals will be available to help with any withdrawal symptoms. Drug rehab centre will help you to overcome your addiction. If you need help in finding a rehab centre or consulting a medical professional AugmentCare provides the best medical expertise for the best care that you deserve!

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