Heroin is this author’s personal nightmare. My own personal hellish nightmare. Let’s just start by getting it out in the open. Heroin is not a substance that any sane individual should be messing with.It WILL ruin your life! I had been using Heroin for about 15 years before I finally was able to put it down for good. I literally did not realize the signs of Heroin Addiction until it was almost too late! What I mean by putting it down for good is that I’ve been sober for almost 2 years now. I had tried to quit around 12 times or so in the past without success. Don’t get discouraged by my past failures, It is a different experience for everyone. Each person is different in so many ways that there are no rules when it comes to this stuff. We’ll get into treatment options a little on this page and in more depth on the Getting Help page. We will also try and get into the subject of family and friends. What do they have to do with anything? EVERYTHING! Those are the people that are a user’s enablers. More on that later..
What Is Heroin?
Heroin is a very powerful and addictive analgesic drug. It is made from morphine that has been extracted from an opium poppy plant. Heroin is a more potent form of morphine, also known as diacetylmorphine or morphine diacetate. One reason for this is diacetylmorphine is more fat soluble than morphine. It actually converts back to morphine once it enters the body. The black sticky kind is referred to as “Black Tar Heroin” and in my experience is usually more potent and dangerous.
How Can I tell If Someone Is Using Heroin?
Many addicts will be under the impression that no one can tell that they are high. That may be true in the beginning stages, but it never lasts.
How is Heroin Taken?
It can be used intravenously, smoked,
snorted, plunged rectally, and skin popped. The most intense way a user gets high is by injection, although some may argue that anally plunging it has the closest effect to injecting. Snorting and smoking may not be quite as intense but all of these ways are scientifically proven to be dangerous and very addictive. Don’t let anyone try and tell you that smoking,snorting or skin popping is not as bad as injecting(shooting)! They don’t have a clue as to what they are talking about! Some studies have suggested that users that snort have a higher rate of overdose because they believe it to be “safer” then shooting. These new statistics are proving that myth to be flat out wrong!
What Will Heroin Do To Me?
Well for starters, it will make you broke! But more seriously, the effects of heroin can be very debilitating. You will not realize the signs of heroin addiction until it is too late. Your addiction makes you think differently and gives the user the impression the he/she is getting away with it. Trust me.. everyone around you can tell!
As you may have already figured out, Heroin is very illegal. It is a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Schedule 1 means : High potential for abuse and that there is no legitimate medical use for it. That means very strict jail and/or prison sentences. Most U.S. courts have zero tolerance for Heroin.
Heroin affects the endorphins that your brain produces. Endorphins are the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. When the nervous system “feels” pain, the brain floods out these endorphins in a quick rush to cope with the pain. This is exactly that rush that the user feels as they inject the drug. Unfortunately when Heroin attaches to the endorphin receptors, it leaves quite an impression. What I mean by this is that after the euphoric high sensation goes away, the body starts to go into a painful process called withdrawal. The heroin that was occupying the endorphin receptors has actually widened them. Now that they are empty and the “hole” is larger then the body is used to, the receptors “scream” out in pain for more Heroin! This is withdrawal. One can not relate to how painful withdrawal is if they have never experienced it. The best I can explain it is: Picture the worst flu in your entire lifetime… Now multiply that by 100%! Now you might have a small fraction of an idea about it. To be more specific withdrawal symptoms include:
- Hot/Cold Flashes
- Feeling like your esophagus is closing off
- Involuntary Shaking
- Goose Bumps
- Vomiting and Diarrhea at the same time
These symptoms will be horrible for about 3 days, and continue in various forms up to 7-10 days. After that there is a long road to overcoming severe depression and intense cravings…… Still want to get into this mess?
Hazards To Your Health
Using heroin intravenously causes infection of heart lining and valves, blood poisoning (sepsis), infection of veins, collapsed veins, spontaneous abortion, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis (especially Hepatitis C), brittle teeth, liver damage, and Fatal Overdose.
It is easier than you think to get infected with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C. These are mainly transmitted by blood on blood contact. When a user is injecting Heroin, they require four main items. 1. A needle. 2. A spoon or cup type device. 3. Water ( or Hawaiian Punch for all they care.. seriously!) and 4. A piece of cotton or a cigarette filter, and I guess I forgot the Heroin… So the heroin is put into the spoon with water (or Hawaiian Punch), mixed, and then the cotton or cigarette filter is put in as a filter so the needle is not clogged. Also so as not to get any particulate matter in your blood stream!All of these items can and probably will come in contact with the users blood! I don’t care how careful the user thinks they are. It will happen. So here we learned that if you want to use injection drugs and stay disease free, Do Not Share Any Of These Items! If a user ever does share these items, there is a 90% chance of getting HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C!
I hope that after reading this information you will never experiment with this or any drug. If you or someone you is stuck in hell with Heroin or any substance, Please talk them into getting help.
- Methadone vs. Suboxone: What choice is best? (pressingtheissue.com)
- How To Get Into A Suboxone Program – Suboxone Information (pressingtheissue.com)
- What Is Relapse (pressingtheissue.com)