What is Heroin?
Heroin is an illegal opioid drug made from the poppy plant. It is a powerful and highly addictive substance that produces intense feelings of euphoria quickly followed by drowsiness and sedation. It can be injected, snorted, or smoked, and its effects usually last for a few hours.
While heroin was originally developed as a pain reliever, its high potential for abuse and addiction has led to its classification as an illegal drug. It’s often found on the black market or bought from illegal dealers. It is usually sold in powder form, but can also be found in the form of tablets or capsules.
What are the Symptoms of Heroin Abuse?
The symptoms of heroin abuse can vary depending on the severity of the addiction. However, some common symptoms include:
- Drowsiness and sedation
- Depression and mood swings
- Slowed breathing
- Changes in behavior, such as increased aggression or irritability
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Low energy levels and difficulty concentrating
- Unusual sleep patterns or insomnia
- Weight loss decreased appetite
- Disorientation and confusion
- Financial difficulties due to spending money on heroin
Symptoms can vary from case to case based on several physical and mental factors so it’s important to consult a professional if you think you or someone you care about may be abusing heroin.
What Causes Heroin Addiction?
There is no single cause of heroin addiction, as various factors can contribute to it. These may include:
- Exposure to drugs or alcohol at an early age
- Experiencing trauma or emotional distress
- Exposure to people who are actively using drugs
- Having a family history of addiction
- Living in poverty or other difficult circumstances
- Being diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder
- Experiencing chronic pain that is not adequately treated by other medications
Treatment for Heroin Addiction
No matter what the cause, heroin addiction is a serious problem that requires professional treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to heroin, we encourage you to reach out to Milestones Wellness Center. Our team of professionals can help you through telehealth addiction therapy, medication management, and mentoring & counseling services. We’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and helps you achieve your goals.