Heroin Substance Abuse - Heroin Addiction

Heroin Substance Abuse - Heroin Addiction drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Heroin a Narcotic Powder Derived From Morphine

Heroin is a very addictive substance that's made from morphine. For the most part, heroin is a white or brown colored powder. Another form is black tar heroin; it's a black and sticky substance. All forms of heroin can be found on the streets and are very dangerous and addictive.

How does a Heroin Addict Abuse this Drug?

Heroin addicts generally inject, snort or smoke this illegal drug. Sadly, the average heroin addict will inject this drug as many as 4 times in a day. Injecting heroin intravenously is favored by most drug addicts because the drug affects are extremely intense and the 'high' or euphoric intense effects they need to achieve happens quickly. Usually the effects are achieved in 7 to 8 seconds.

Intramuscular injections of heroin are least favored because the effects are much slower and can take up to 8 minutes to achieve euphoria from this highly addictive drug. Heroin can also be sniffed or smoked but the effects can take as long as 15 minutes to be achieved. No matter how the heroin addict abuses this drug, all forms are equally as addictive.

Major Risks Associated with Heroin Abuse

This video provides facts about how Heroin is used and the effects and dangers that come with Heroin Use.

There are many physical and psychological affects and risks when abusing serious illegal drugs like heroin. Anyone addicted to heroin is dying a slow death unless they receive help. Not only are their health risks from heroin abuse itself, heroin addicts also risk infectious disease which includes HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis.

Many chronic and habitual heroin users suffer from collapsed veins, heart lining and heart valve infections, serious abscesses, and diseased liver or kidneys. Because of poor health issues heroin addicts' face, various types of pneumonia can occur. Permanent damage to a heroin addict's vital organs can occur due to the contaminated and toxic chemicals found in street heroin. These chemicals clog your blood vessels that go to your lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain.

Heroin Overdose

Whether a heroin abuser intentionally or accidentally uses a large amount of this dangerous drug they risk an overdose. Many addicts have died because of this; if you suspect someone has overdosed on heroin or any other drug seek medical help immediately. The symptoms to look for include:

  1. Dry mouth
  2. Drowsiness
  3. Very small pupils about pinpoint in size
  4. Muscle contractions
  5. Disoriented
  6. Intestinal spasms
  7. Coma
  8. The tongue may be discolored
  9. Very low blood pressure
  10. A weakened pulse
  11. Individual may be delirious
  12. Very slow and shallow breathing
  13. The skin, fingernails and lips may appear bluish in color

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms a heroin addict experiences when they stop using the drug all at once or cut down on their intake too fast are usually very uncomfortable and sometimes miserable. Some of the withdrawal symptoms a chronic heroin addict may go through include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Involuntary leg kicking
  • Severe need and craving for the drug
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Bone pain
  • Cold chills


If a person is an extremely heavy heroin abuser and their health is bad they also risk death during withdrawals. Severe heroin addicts should seek drug addiction treatment and medical help instead of going through withdrawal symptoms and detoxing on their own.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Sometimes medication is needed for the heroin addict when working toward recovery. Medications are sometimes prescribed to help and also reduce the chances of heroin relapse. The medications are Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. Naloxone is used in treating heroin overdose.

Medically assisted detoxification, behavioral therapy, and support systems have been very successful in the treatment of heroin addiction. Nothing is more rewarding than getting control of your life back and living a healthy happy life. Thousands of heroin addicts have done that with the help of experienced professional drug treatment.

Heroin abuse is so widespread and prevalent throughout the United States. So many lives have been destroyed and lost due to this drug and there will be many more unless those experimenting with drugs become educated on the seriously dangerous and deadly effects of heroin abuse.

Websites Used
NIDA Heroin Abuse Research Report
NIDA Info Facts Heroin
Medline-Plus Heroin

Heroin Reference Gallery

Heroin Discussion

  1. Addict

    I believe there should be more help for addicts. There is no where I can find that is willing to take you in on the weekends for the one's wanting help to get their lives back. Everyone I talked to said call back Monday. What if I'm no longer here Monday because I had nowhere to turn to for help because it's the weekend.

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