Heroin addiction is an ongoing epidemic. Several persons think it is long gone but more than half a million persons take heroin yearly and close to 4 million people are reported to have taken heroin in their lives at least once.
Heroin is a narcotic which is dangerous and is often smoked, snorted or injected to give a state of euphoria. Heroin is very addictive and the method of intake by an addict does not have any effect on its ability to be very physically addictive. This physical addiction can start right away on first use, meanwhile, other addicts take time to become psychologically and physically addictive, though not for a long time. Regardless of what happens, heroin addiction is difficult to treat and very risky. Those with heroin addiction can be helped and it is very important to know the signs and symptoms.
Effects of Using Heroin
Heroin starts to manifest as soon as it is taken and does so for a couple of hours. When the first effects are over, heroin users tend to be sleepy and their mental function will decrease for a couple of hours after using heroin.
- Difficulty in coughing
- Constricted pupils
- Dry or “cotton” mouth
- Reduced anxiety
- Strenuous breathing
- Limbs are weighted down and feel heavy
- Nodding off/Drowsiness
Signs of Heroin Addiction
In case you think that a loved one, family member or friend is taking heroin, you can watch out for these signs.
- Shallow or strenuous breathing
- Lack of motivation
- Fatigue followed by periods of alertness
- Constricted pupils
- Skin infections such as boils gotten from injections
- Staying away from loved ones, family members, and friends
- Track marks, injection wounds, needle marks on arms and between toes
- Poor motor function
- Trouble speaking, miscommunication, throwing slangs
- No interest in the future or what happens next
- Lack of hygiene and unkempt self-image
- Secretly hanging out with a new group of persons
- Moving slowly, droopy, heavy extremities
- Looking lost, gazing into the distance
- Some memory loss, not being able to remember important matters or events or forgetting things
Why Are Opiates Used By Addicts?
Heroin gives a euphoric feeling or a sense of wellbeing which is very addictive. The use of heroin gets rid of both emotional and physical pain. Nevertheless, it is easy for the body to cope with heroin, which makes the addict take a lot of it so as to have a greater sense of wellbeing. This tolerance may result in addiction due to the fact that the euphoric effect is tolerated faster than the dangerous effects. This often leads to unexpected overdose since addicts try to get very high and so increase their intake of heroin.
One of the worst drug addiction in history is heroin addiction and it leads to psychological and physical impairment, a very hard life for the family and the addict and sometimes death.