Any drug addiction is harmful. However, some drugs are more dangerous than the others while the levels of dependency and addiction also differ from drug to drug. When it comes to the substances you should not be messing around with heroin is the one you should stay away from at any cost.
For the beginning let’s answer the simple, logical question: What is heroin? According to The Recovery Village: “Known as dope, smack, horse and junk, heroin can appear as a white or brown powder or a sticky substance called black tar heroin. Heroin is an opiate or natural derivative of the opium poppy plant seed pod, and it elicits feelings of elation and pleasure (a “high”) that people get addicted to. However, the adverse effects of use and abuse are too serious and harmful to ignore.”
So how easy can you develop heroin dependency? According to statistics, every fourth person who tries heroin ends up becoming addicted. Apparently, the best way to avoid any risk is never to try this substance, and since heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the world, it’s undoubtedly better to be safe than sorry. So, what exactly happens when a person uses heroin? According to The Recovery Village: “Heroin floods your mind with dopamine and limits receptors’ abilities to gather and restore the chemical post-fix. Thus, the high is persistent, yet short-lived to the drug user, who continually craves the pleasurable feeling heroin delivers. Thus, they chase after it, chronically, in an everlasting attempt to feel that way again. Over time, dopamine receptors begin to die off.”
After repeatedly taking heroin people start requiring higher doses to achieve the same levels of “high”. Consequently, they cause more and more damage to their bodies and brains. Ultimately, every next time of heroin consumption contains more risk of fatality than the one before. However, it’s never too late to start addressing this extremely severe addiction issue. Methadone programs have proven to be effective in almost 90% of cases.
If you are worried that your family member or friend might be consuming heroin look out for some of the following signs:
- Flushed skin and dry mouth
- Short memory and forgetfulness
- Tiny pupils
- Collapsed veins
- Cotton and needles
- Track marks
Heroin addiction is one of the most dangerous and deadly addictions in the world. If you or anybody around you is suffering from it, don’t hesitate to ask for professional help. And remember every day counts!