Heroin is a chemically-modified by-product of the poppy plant. It is a highly addictive and illegal. Heroin is found in a wide variety of forms, including powder, chunks, or a sticky black substance. People use heroin by smoking, snorting, or injecting it. Regardless of the method, the substance is incredibly dangerous. Plus, due to is being a street drug, it is hard to know how potent any given batch will be, making it very easy to accidentally overdose.
People use heroin due to the high that the drug creates, which includes a warm, calm feeling and a sense of well-being.
When someone is using heroin, signs of abuse will begin to show, indicating a possible addiction. These include needle marks (if someone you know is always covering up their arms even in hot weather, he or she may be hiding scars from infections), heart problems, and collapsed veins, especially if they inject the drug.
Once someone begins using heroin, they are very likely to become addicted to it. The drug builds up a tolerance, which means those using it will need to use more of the substance in order to have the same high. Eventually, most users develop a dependence, meaning the body requires the drug just to feel normal and going without it becomes painful.
Dangers of Heroin Use
Heroin use has many potential consequences, including an increased risk of blood-transmitted diseases (especially if sharing needles), reproductive issues, mental health problems, and damage to the nose from snorting the drug.
The scariest risk is an overdose, which can lead to permanent brain damage, a coma, or even death.
Seek Help for a Heroin Addiction
A heroin addiction is no joke and requires professional help. Canyon View recognizes the many challenges of treating heroin addiction, including the management of withdrawal symptoms which can cause significant pain as the body clears the drug out of the system.
After detox, heroin users will need rehab that allows them to recover without the distraction of outside responsibilities. If you or a loved one has a heroin addiction, give us a call today to see how we can help.