Heroin is said to be one of the most dangerous drugs in the world, topped only by Crystal Meth. This issue is, in realty, debatable, with some people suggesting that if alcohol were to be developed now, it would actually be the most dangerous drug in the world. However, that is a debate for another time. Let’s take a look at what is heroin, what the effects of heroin are, why heroin is so addictive and what will happen when you withdraw from heroin.
What Is Heroin?
So what is heroin? Basically, it is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. It is derived from morphine, which in turn comes from the poppy plant. Another drug created from this same plant is Opium. Heroin itself inhibits the central nervous system, which makes it a depressant.
Here are a few facts about heroin:
• One in four people who try heroin end up being heroin addicts
• 1% of high school students have tried heroin
• 20% of high school students think heroin is easy to get
• Heroin can be snorted, injected and smoked
• The fastest way to achieve a heroin high is through injection
• Heroin injection often results in overdosing
• Heroin is an illegal substance, which means there is no regulation of its contents
• HIV is a common infection amongst intravenous heroin users
• Heroin street names include H, Smack, Junk, Ska, Brown Sugar, Big H, Horse, Dope, Mud, Junk and Skag
So what are the heroin effects? What does it actually feel like to be on heroin? Many heroin addicts will tell you that they are actually chasing after that first ever rush. Once they become addicts, because they chased the rush, the use heroin to feel normal and to not have withdrawal symptoms. But what does the very first heroin rush feel like? Most users and addicts explain that there are two stages of a heroin hit. The first is the rush, which only lasts for a few minutes. This is when the brain is literally bathed in heroin, just before it actually starts releasing it into the bloodstream. Most users say the rush is like having the best orgasm ever. It is a complete release of any tension and the feeling starts in the stomach. The second stage is the rush, which lasts for quite a few hours. People describe it as cozy, warm and drowsy. Users feel a sense of being satisfied, with all needs having been fulfilled. There is some dizziness, but this is generally not unpleasant.
As stated, one in four people who try heroin end up being addicted. This is believed to be mainly due to peer pressure. Evidently, the very first hit of heroin will make people feel terrible, but it is only because others pressure them to try it again so they can feel the good part of it that they end up addicted. However, this means that you are already in the stages of heroin abuse and your body starts to crave heroin, leading to a full heroin addiction. It is at this stage that the only solution that remains is to go through heroin rehab to kick the habit.
Heroin withdrawal is horrendous. Some ten or so hours after the last hit, a user will get very teary eyes. They will feel as if they have the flu, with weakness, sneezing, muscle cramps, depression, vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea. Over the next few days, these symptoms get increasingly worse. It takes around ten days to recover from what is in effect an illness. The brain tricks users into believing that the heroin withdrawal symptoms are a way for the body to ask for more heroin. In reality, the heroin withdrawal symptoms are the body’s way of getting rid of the toxins in the body. Indeed, the symptoms stop after a further heroin hit, but this is only because the brain is lulled.
Heroin recovery is different for most people. Many people opt to use methadone, which gives a similar effect to heroin in as such that it allows people to feel and function normally, without experiencing the heroin withdrawal effects. However, all too often, users combine methadone with heroin, which only makes the problem worse and is no way to achieve heroin recovery. Going cold turkey (it is called this way because of the severe goose bumps people get) is not always the best idea either. Indeed, it does work, but without the proper support, it is very unlikely that a person will be able to see this through to the end. It is generally best to book into a rehab clinic and follow a personalized treatment plan. The systematization would include things like the choice between a full-blown rehabilitation program and a simpler detox center, or whether long term drug rehab, or something faster and less restrictive is better. There are many different types and levels of treatments. However, many people are unable to afford this. It seems, therefore, that people are often destined to remain locked in a heroin continuum.
What are your experiences? Have you been able to kick the habit? What is standing in your way in order to kick the habit? Please share your views.