Heroin is a drug in the opioid family that is derived from the seedpod of the opium poppy plant. Heroin causes a downer effect that quickly induces a sense of relaxation and euphoria. This is partly associated with the chemical changes in the pleasure centers of the brain. Like other opiates, heroin can stop the brain's ability to feel pain. Heroin addicts, especially those with prior history of chemical dependency, may originally be able to cover up signs and symptoms associated with abusing this substance. This drug can be injected or inhaled and reaches the brain very quickly, leading the user to experience severe health consequences as they continue to abuse it.
Heroin develops into morphine when it enters the brain. It binds receptors connected to consciousness of pain and reward. These receptors affect unconscious processes important for life such as stimulus, blood pressure and breathing. Individuals abusing this addictive drug usually have breathing problems, which may lead to a disorder called hypoxia. This illness can cause severe cerebral and neural effects such as unconsciousness or comma and long-term brain damage.
Some individuals report feeling euphoric and struggling with mental anxiety when they inject this drug. Others may go through identical effects even when they don’t inject it. Long-term users may develop tolerance and dependence to this drug. Addicts increase their dosage every time in order to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. If you are going through heroin withdrawal, call (336) 231-3168.
Heroin addiction has been associated with dangerous health disorders such as abortion and lethal overdose. Abusing this drug can expose users to contagious illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV. Chronic users can develop other disorders such as swollen veins, heart disease, liver and kidney conditions. Pulmonary complications like pneumonia can cause life-threatening breathing problems. Opium can also be mixed with other dangerous ingredients, which can block blood vessels and cause permanent damage to vital organs. Pregnant women who abuse this substance and have poor nutrition can have low birth weight and difficulties with growth in the baby. These children may be born with physical addiction to heroin and should be immediately hospitalized. Individuals struggling with opium addiction have the potential to become dependent and addicted. The user’s body can adapt to this drug with chronic use, leading to physical dependency. When addicts abstain from use, they may go through several symptoms of withdrawal.
Many individuals today use Heroin. A number of addiction medications and other treatment approaches are now available to treat chemical dependency. Medical treatment, together with behavioral counseling, has yielded positive results to treat this devastating disease of addiction. If want to join a treatment program, call Drug Treatment Centers Winston Salem at (336) 231-3168 now.