Heroin Addiction

How Did This Happen To My Loved One?

Heroin Addiction

How Did This Happen To My Loved One?

Heroin Addiction

How Did This Happen To My Loved One?
Heroin addiction is a serious disease that affects individuals and families and requires professional help to overcome. Many who find themselves addicted to heroin either fail to see the severity of their problem or are too embarrassed to seek help. Family and loved ones must do all they can to get the person to accept help, or ask a rehab center for help talking to the individual or providing intervention services when necessary. The sooner the heroin addict gets help, the better their outcome for recovery will be.

About Heroin


Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in high concentration in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.

People often inject, sniff, snort, or smoke heroin. Oftentimes heroin is mixed with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.

Heroin is highly addictive. People who regularly use heroin often develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects. Those who are addicted to heroin and stop using the drug abruptly may have severe withdrawal symptoms.


Dangers Of Untreated Heroin Misuse


People who continue to abuse heroin often suffer from long-term health issues including collapsed veins (for people injecting the drug), insomnia, infection of the heart lining and valves, liver and kidney disease, and other devastating health problems. Recent studies have even shown long-term heroin users have shown some loss of the brain’s white matter which may affect decision-making, behavior control, and responses to stressful situations.


Heroin addiction is a serious disease that affects individuals and families and requires professional help to overcome. Many who find themselves addicted to heroin either fail to see the severity of their problem or are too embarrassed to seek help. Family and loved ones must do all they can to get the person to accept help, or ask a rehab center for help talking to the individual or providing intervention services when necessary. The sooner the heroin addict gets help, the better their outcome for recovery will be.

About Heroin


Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in high concentration in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.

People often inject, sniff, snort, or smoke heroin. Oftentimes heroin is mixed with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.

Heroin is highly addictive. People who regularly use heroin often develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects. Those who are addicted to heroin and stop using the drug abruptly may have severe withdrawal symptoms.


Dangers Of Untreated Heroin Misuse


People who continue to abuse heroin often suffer from long-term health issues including collapsed veins (for people injecting the drug), insomnia, infection of the heart lining and valves, liver and kidney disease, and other devastating health problems. Recent studies have even shown long-term heroin users have shown some loss of the brain’s white matter which may affect decision-making, behavior control, and responses to stressful situations.


Heroin addiction is a serious disease that affects individuals and families and requires professional help to overcome. Many who find themselves addicted to heroin either fail to see the severity of their problem or are too embarrassed to seek help. Family and loved ones must do all they can to get the person to accept help, or ask a rehab center for help talking to the individual or providing intervention services when necessary. The sooner the heroin addict gets help, the better their outcome for recovery will be.

About Heroin


Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in high concentration in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.

People often inject, sniff, snort, or smoke heroin. Oftentimes heroin is mixed with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.

Heroin is highly addictive. People who regularly use heroin often develop a tolerance, which means that they need higher and/or more frequent doses of the drug to get the desired effects. Those who are addicted to heroin and stop using the drug abruptly may have severe withdrawal symptoms.

Dangers Of Untreated Heroin Misuse


People who continue to abuse heroin often suffer from long-term health issues including collapsed veins (for people injecting the drug), insomnia, infection of the heart lining and valves, liver and kidney disease, and other devastating health problems. Recent studies have even shown long-term heroin users have shown some loss of the brain’s white matter which may affect decision-making, behavior control, and responses to stressful situations.

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