When the vigorous opiate drug Heroin is used, it strongly controls the function of the brain's reward system.
Heroin tricks the addicts brain by increasing feel-good chemicals, like endorphins and dopamine, to influence the brain's system.
Heroin is highly addictive and potentially more harmful than any other drug. It also happens to be one of the least expensive drugs, and the addicts spend a great sum of money on sustaining their addiction to it.
The brain would usually release these feel-good chemicals as a reward in everyday survival situations like eating and dealing with any pain.
Roughly one in four, out of all who make an initial attempt to use Heroin, become addicted.
When Heroin is used, the brain automatically associates the action to the release of these chemicals in the reward system. Ultimately, the user is so dependent on the drug, they are helpless without it. This, together with the withdrawal signs of Heroin, makes it difficult for addicts to stop using by themselves.
The way in which addicts abuse painkillers can push them into becoming a Heroin addict in the future. Some people get introduced to ways of administration generally used in Heroin abuse, when they crush up painkillers to snort or inject.
Continued use regardless of Heroin-related concerns
Failing to quit or reduce use
Uncontrollable urges to use
Developing a resistance to Heroin
Common signs of addition are increasing the amount of Heroin into your system to feel the effects, or beginning to inject the drug through your bloodstream. Addiction means you are no longer taking the low-cost drug for fun, but it has become a costly and essential part of your life.
Knowing About Heroin
Heroin is a profoundly addictive painkiller derived from Morphine, which originates from the seeds of a poppy plant. Opium is manufactured from poppy plants and therefore, any drug established from poppy plants is thought of as an opiate. Morphine is an opiate and so is Heroin.
Heroin is additionally recognised by terms like Smack, Junk or "H." Street Heroin is frequently consolidated with dangerous added substances such as Morphine or the effective analgesic Fentanyl.
On average, it is estimated that 4 million American citizens have been tempted with Heroin at least once. Extensive misuse of Heroin can cause severe symptoms in addicts such as intense itching, depression and the collapse of veins.
The Appearance Of Heroin
Heroin is not always in the same form. Smoking, injecting and snorting are among the most common ways of abusing Heroin in it's various forms.
The Effects Of Heroin
Feelings of extreme well-being is how the Heroin high is described amongst users. When Heroin is injected into the system, users often feel a "rush" because of the drug flowing to the brain very quickly.
The surge from intravenous Heroin is experienced for around two minutes. The pleasure produced by injected Heroin is equalled to an orgasm. The high lasts for four to five hours, as Heroin passes through the bloodstream.
What people feel after taking Heroin include:
Less emotional strain
Lack of interest
Effects of Heroin can often be seen as innocent and painless to people who are first starting to use the drug. Even the dizziness and drowsiness that come with the use of the drug seem pleasurable. There usually isn't a hangover or comedown from initial Heroin use, which is an appealing advantage to new consumers, unlike substances such as alcohol or ecstasy.
As tolerance develops fast, something which seems like harmless or occasional Heroin use frequently grows into addiction. In the course of time, without taking the drug, the user doesn't feel normal as their brain cannot produce natural amounts of dopamine on its own. A very real danger of dying from Heroin overdose comes with every increased dosage intake.
What to look out for to spot a Heroin overdose:
Dryness in the mouth
Discoloration of tongue
Reduced size of pupils
Unusually slow pulse
Blue coloured lips
Users Of Other Drugs And Heroin
Those who regularly misuse painkillers have a bigger risk to using and becoming addicted to Heroin. Since they are synthetic, opiate-like substances activating the same receptors in the brain as Heroin, painkillers such as OxyContin are categorised as opioids.
Some painkillers can have Heroin-like effects on the user, but they are usually a lot more expensive and difficult to come by. Numerous people who get addicted to painkillers change to Heroin as it less expensive and easily available.
Almost half of the young people addicted to Heroin previously abused painkillers beforehand. It is speculated that pain relievers are harder to come by than Heroin.
Statistics Of Heroin Abuse
Heroin is a very addictive substance, the side effects and dependency make it very hard for anyone to overcome without a lot of help. If you or somebody you think about is experiencing Heroin dependence, call 0800 772 3971 to discover treatment and support that can assist you.