Heroin is an extremely addictive drug that is processed from morphine and usually appears as a white or brown powder, or as a black, sticky substance. Heroin is generally administer via injection, but can also be snorted or smoked.
Heroin has extreme short-term effects including a surge of euphoria and clouded thinking followed up by a state where the user comes in and out of consciousness. Heroin gravely depresses breathing, and as a result, overdoses can often be fatal. Overdoses are particularly common among users who are relapsing and believe their bodies can handle more heroin than they can in their detoxified state. Additionally, due to inconsistency in potency, the potential for overdose is an ever-present threat.
Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013.
Habitual heroin use results in the body producing more opioid-receptors to meet the needs of the flood of opioids in one’s body. Simultaneously the body is now tricked into believing that it doesn’t need to produce its own pleasure and pain receptors. When this has happened a user is physically dependent on heroin. The user is no longer able to function normally without the drug. It is this dependence that leads to the painful, frightening withdrawal symptoms associated with the removal of the drug.
Heroin addiction treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and therapy: contingency management, support groups, medically assisted treatment or replacement therapy such as Methadone or Suboxone, and antagonist therapy such as Vivitrol.
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