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Heroin Addiction

Heroin appeals to so many people because of its calming effects. When taken into the body, a person feels like they are “on top of the world”. Like they can accomplish anything they set their mind to do. Heroin gives a person a false sense of hope and happiness that can only be understood by a Heroin user. A person gets this “euphoria” the first few times they use the drug, which keeps them coming back for more. Before they know it, they are physically addicted.

This feeling of ‘well-being’ that originally drew them to the Heroin in the first place, becomes harder and harder to reach as their tolerance grows. As the tolerance grows, the quantity, and therefore the money needed to buy the heroin also increases. By this point, if a person is lucky enough to have survived this long into the heroin addiction without overdosing, they usually can only afford enough of the heroin to keep their bodies from going into withdrawal from the drug. They now only use the drug to feel “normal”, and not “sick”.

The physical withdrawals from heroin is one of the most painful withdrawals that a person can experience from a drug. In heroin addiction this is referred to as being “sick”. Within 24 hours after their last dose of the heroin, the physical withdrawals from the drug will set in. The first signs of withdrawals are usually a runny nose, cold sweats, and muscle aches. They will eventually begin to feel nausea and vomiting and complete lethargy. These symptoms are very similar to the flu, and could be confused if their occurrence wasn’t as frequent as such with most heroin addicts.  Most drugs only cause a person to mentally crave that drug. Heroin, on the other hand has mental and physical cravings.

When someone has experienced heroin addiction for many months or years, and has gone through the withdrawals enough times, they will basically do anything in their power to keep from getting “sick”. In their minds, getting more heroin is a life or death situation. Most heroin addict’s financial resources dwindle very quickly once their tolerance grows, and their habit becomes more expensive. Some have reported to have spent five hundred to a thousand dollars a day on their heroin habits. With no jobs, the addict has to get creative in how they obtain money to “score” more heroin. Since many heroin addicts say that they would rather die than “get sick”, they will go so far as to sell all of their belongings, steal money and property from their families, or rob businesses and homes. They will basically do anything to get more heroin.

The sad truth is that most heroin addicts, without treatment, will not survive beyond the first five to ten years of their heroin addictions. They will more than likely die of a drug over-dose. If they are lucky enough to survive, they are doomed to a miserable, empty existence in which their entire life revolves around their quest to get more heroin. Not to get high, only to survive. This horrible existence is very real to so many people in the world, from every age, every ethnicity, and every walk of life. Without help, their chances of ever regaining a happy life are nonexistent. They can, however, seek treatment in a drug rehabilitation center and learn to live life and be happy without the use of heroin. So there is hope!

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