Heroin is a very addictive drug that's abused around the world. Most people who abuse heroin frequently or in high doses become addicted very easily and have a hard time overcoming their dependence because the drug is so powerful and addictive. When heroin reaches the users brain they experience an intense rush especially if administered in a high dose. The level of intensity depends on how much heroin is used.
Another reason heroin is so addictive is because the drug reaches the substance users brain extremely fast which produces an immediate high.
Many heroin users struggle with their addiction and have a hard time maintaining abstinence even if they do try to stop. Part of the reason is because of the overwhelming cravings a person experiences when they're not using the drug anymore. Research is conducted all the time looking for successful treatments and medications that are not addictive and aid in the substance users recovery.
Recently positive feedback has come out of research that was done at the Scripps Research Institute for people in need of treatment to overcome their addiction to heroin. Researchers were able to create a vaccine that can halt heroin from entering the brain due to the antibodies the vaccine produces.
When heroin is administered it metabolizes into various substances that alter and effect mood and behaviors. This is possibly why past research hasn't been successful but with this new vaccine scientists have created, it's able to stop heroin and the psychoactive metabolized substances from reaching the brain. The results of this vaccine are very promising and may hopefully someday be used as therapeutic treatment for heroin dependence.
Another treatment for heroin dependency shows promising results according to a Norwegian Study. Right now methadone or Subutex is used to help heroin users maintain abstinence during their recovery. Though both Methadone and Subutex help decrease heroin use they are addictive.
People who are addicted to heroin and want to overcome their dependence without the use of addictive drugs may find naltrexone promising. Naltrexone blocks heroin's effects as well as other morphine substances. The use of naltrexone decreases drug cravings which can make a big difference for heroin users that want to overcome their addiction and use of the drug.
According to researchers associated with a Norwegian study recently the "blockage effect" that takes place due to the use of naltrexone brings about a calming effect and allows the patient to "escape from their heroin addiction and stressful, drug-dependent lives".
It's important that research continues in order to find safer and more effective ways of treating heroin addiction. In the past we use to think that the worst part of heroin use was possible addiction and withdrawal symptoms a person would go through if they stopped using the drug. We now know that there are long term effects associated with the use of heroin. Long term effects and medical complications associated with heroin use include:
- Infectious diseases
- Collapsed veins
- Bacterial infections
- Heart lining and valve infections
- Arthritis and rheumatologic problems
- Liver and kidney disease
- Lung problems
Street heroin contains additives that don't dissolve and can cause blood vessels to clog that lead to the liver, lungs, kidneys or the brain.
If you or someone you know is in need of help for drug abuse or heroin addiction the sooner help is received the better. Substance use can lead to addiction and addiction can lead to overdose or death. If you're not sure where to start call 1-800-559-9503 and ask for help now before it's too late.