Heroin Abuse Information and Help

Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod. Heroin typically appears as a white or brown powder.

Street name for heroin include “smack,” “H.” “skag,” and “junk.”

The short-term effects of heroin abuse appear soon after a single dose and disappear in a few hours. After an injection of heroin, the user reports feeling a surge of euphoria (rush), accompanied by warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities. Following this initial euphoria, a user usually goes “on the hod,” an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Mental functioning becomes cloudy and there appears to be depression of the central nervous system.

Long-term effects of heroin appear after repeated use. Chronic users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulites and liver disease.

With regular heroin use, tolerance develops. This means the abuser must use more heroin to achieve the same intensity or effect. As higher doses are used over time, physical dependence and addiction develop.

Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the last administration, produces drug craving, restlessness, and so forth.

There is a broad range of treatment options for heroin addiction, including medications to behavioral therapies. Science has taught us that if medication treatment is integrated with behavioral supportive services; users are often able to stop the use of heroin and return to normal, productive lives.

Heroin addiction implies that a person is no longer functioning as a normal human being because he/she is dependent upon heroin to live. However; it is treatable with the proper environment, care and attention. For further information, please contact us.

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