Drug Abuse Treatment Programs, Rehabilitation, and Help
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Heroin abuse is a rather odd term. Heroin is not a drug that many can do socially or “just abuse”. There is nothing casual about heroin abuse. Heroin abuse can and usually does turn to heroin addiction in the blink of an eye.
Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug. It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiates. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder.
Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian poppy plant.
Heroin can be sniffed, smoked and injected. All types of use of heroin are highly addictive. Those who use heroin are usually introduced to it as the drug that will make everything okay, all your problems will go away. First time users usually sniff the heroin partly from their “fear” of heroin. Heroin is known to be a dangerous drug but worth it due to the high gotten from it. Once a person overcomes their “fear”, they are then open to smoking it and then injecting it.
The reason people will inject heroin is because their tolerance has built up to it and by injecting they feel the rush quicker than the other ways of taking it. Along with the tolerance comes the fact that instead of getting high you begin to need it to just feel normal. Then you must use the heroin to not become physically ill.
The effects that heroin abuse brings about include euphoria, drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, and nausea. The effects of a heroin overdose include slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma and possible death. With all these bad effects why would a person abuse heroin?
There are certain signs to look for with heroin abuse. Look for a change in the individuals sleeping and eating patterns as well as a change in their mood. The person will be either laid back and relaxed indicating they have heroin in their system or extremely agitated indicating the lower level of heroin in their body and the fact they need more to avoid becoming ill. Heroin will also produce a “nod off” effect in the person as well as nausea.
There is nothing good about heroin abuse or heroin addiction. The heroin will take control of the persons’ life having them commit acts they swore they never would to get more of the drug. They will not only lie, cheat and steal but many end up homeless, living on the street. Many will prostitute themselves for the money to get more of the drug or in exchange for the heroin. Heroin abuse is not glamorous. If you know anyone considering experimenting with it, stop them at all costs.