Heroin is highly physically Addictive.
Regularity of use and the amount used are big factors in the development of Addiction. Curiosity about this drug, which is also known as Smack, Big H and Horse, can lead to a person using it recreationally without intending to fall into Addiction. Heroin users may become Addicted in as little as one use. It is estimated that 25% or more of street users are considered physically dependent. But while there may be some regular users who do not end up looking like the images one conjures up when imagining Heroin Addicts, this opiate is one of the most dangerous drugs to experiment with and prolonged use typically will result in Addiction.
A stereotypical Heroin Addict cares little about his or her appearance and may lose weight due to lack of appetite. The Addict’s eyelids may appear droopy. Sores may appear on the body at injection sites if the person is using this method to take Heroin.
Physical Effects of Using Heroin
Once Heroin is introduced to the body, the person quickly experiences a rush of euphoria accompanied by a warm feeling as the skin appears flushed. The user’s mouth feels dry. His or her extremities feel heavy after ingesting the drug.
The second phase of the experience after taking Heroin involves the following stages:
- The individual going “on the nod.” They alternate between feeling alert and feeling drowsy.
- The nervous system becomes depressed and it becomes more difficult for the Heroin user to think clearly.
- The user’s speech will slow down and may become slurred.
- The user’s ability to walk becomes slower at this point.
- Pupils appear constricted and the user’s night vision is impaired.
- He or she may vomit
- Constipation is a common symptom experienced by Heroin users.
Developing Tolerance to Heroin
The Heroin Addict’s body quickly builds a tolerance to the drug. Long term, larger and larger doses are needed to achieve the same effect. If the user doesn’t continue taking the drug regularly, he or she will start to experience Heroin withdrawal symptoms.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
An Addict going through Heroin withdrawal will experience:
- Cravings for the drug.
- Body and muscle aches, diarrhoea and vomiting are also common.
- The user may also have trouble sleeping and experience cold flashes. The expression, “cold turkey” refers to the chills and goose bumps that come with Heroin withdrawal.
- The individual may also make kicking movements with his or her legs and feet, which means they are literally “kicking the habit”.
The withdrawal symptoms can start within a few hours after the last dose of Heroin was ingested. The worst part of the withdrawal process occurs between 48-72 hours after the last time Heroin was ingested, and the symptoms will last for approximately seven days. People with a history of regular, heavy use of the drug are cautioned against stopping suddenly, since doing so could be fatal.
Heroin Addiction Rehabilitation
Treatment for Heroin Addicts involves Detoxification, typically a painful process that requires specialised care to ensure a safe and much more comfortable detox experience. Once the Addict is physically free of the drug, he or she should enter a Heroin Rehab Programme designed specifically to address the urges felt by Heroin users.
The recovery process needs to include the Addict doing the work to get a handle on why they became Addicted to the drug in the first place. The rehab program will help the Heroin Addict to identify his or her triggers for drug use. Knowing the circumstances that make the Addict more likely to use means the person can make a plan in advance for dealing with them.
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