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Heroin abuse is a widespread problem that is considered an epidemic, and yet many people still don’t know enough about the drug to avoid it.
There are those who don’t know why heroin is being abused in the first place. And so we’re here to dispel the misinformation and provide you with the knowledge you need so you can take an active part in helping those who are already addicted.
On this article, we will be talking about what heroin does and how it makes you feel.
What is Heroin?
First things first: what is heroin? This is actually a highly addictive drug that comes from morphine. It is sold as a white or brownish powder, or sometimes as a tar-like substance.
Heroin has a lot in common with prescription opioids. When someone takes it, it binds to the opioid receptors in their brain. This has an effect on the brain, which causes it to feel relaxed.
How Does It Make You Feel?
Once the drug has attached to these opioid receptors, it makes the user feel good. It’s a euphoric sensation that gives you a feeling of well-being. It makes you feel peaceful and uninhibited. This is why people continue taking the drug, and why it’s so easy to get addicted to it.
This euphoric high is the reason heroin is being sold on the streets illegally. It’s why so many people are gripped by its effects. It’s why people keep taking the drug even when they are already experiencing the negative health effects.
Unfortunately, that’s not the entire story. And we’re here to talk about how heroin makes you feel—so that includes the part where you come crashing down.
The good feelings quickly turn into a sense of desperation and sickness. Not to mention you will continuously crave for the drug, so you’ll get a feeling of emptiness. After your brain has been flooded with dopamine, it will eventually “wear off” causing less pleasurable feelings. You may feel sudden itching or dryness in your mouth. You may feel nauseous enough to vomit.
You will then enter a period of drowsiness which may last for a few hours depending on how much you’ve taken.
Other unpleasant feelings may stem from different methods of administration. You’ll get different effects if you snort or inject the drug.
Some go through a period of cognitive dysfunction. If you inject heroin directly into your bloodstream, for example, you will experience a much more intense high, but the adverse effects will also hit you sooner and harder.
Heroin withdrawal is another story entirely. After a period of heroin abuse, your body will become dependent on the substance. It will start creating negative responses whenever you stop taking the drug. This is withdrawal. It is caused by your body’s reliance on the drug’s presence.
Mild withdrawal symptoms will manifest after going a certain period without heroin. This includes nausea, abdominal cramping, runny nose, sweating, chills, and body aches.
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Moderate withdrawal symptoms include diarrhea, agitation, tremors, fatigue, and concentration problems. There are also severe withdrawal symptoms for those who have been taking heroin for a long time. This includes anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, respiratory depression, and muscle spasms. The addicted individual may even find it difficult to feel pleasure without taking the drug.
You may need to go through rehab if you want to get sober again. A combination of medical detox and behavioral therapy will help eliminate the effects of heroin. Addiction is a problem that needs to be addressed properly. Look for a drug treatment facility near you today!