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Addiction Education: Top 5 things to know about Heroin

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Addiction Education: Top 5 things to know about Heroin

June 24, 2016
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This post is more or less meant for the families and friends of those whom are suspected of being under the influence of harmful substances. In order to solve the problem, we need to know what the problem is. Although we may know what drug someone is addicted to, we may not always be aware of the nuances regarding that certain drug. It may help to hear some general information that not everyone knows about.

How it Works

Heroin is originally extracted from Morphine in the Seeds of Opium Poppy plants. But once it enters the brain, it is converted back into morphine and binds with opioid receptor cells. This creates a high sensation that produces both pleasure and euphoria. After the initial rush of pleasure, the heroin begins to cloud the user’s brain functions. Opioids are meant to alleviate pain, but Heroin makes it an extremely addicted substance. Heroin can snorted, injected, or smoked.

How we treat it

Since Heroin is such an extreme game changer for regular brain function, treating the victim often focuses on returning the brain back to its normal mode of function. Like cocaine treatment, Heroin can be treated through a change in desire and behavior. Behavioral therapies are done through clinical counseling meant to rework a patient’s desire from negative to positive. This is done through family interventions, addiction counseling, and mental/physical exercises. Another form of treatment is through medications. When a person goes through withdrawals, they experience uncomfortable and erratic symptoms. Certain medications are made to reduce these symptoms and make the process of withdrawal easier and more manageable. Some of these medicines include Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone.

Short term Symptoms

Immediate Rush of Pleasure and Euphoria
Flushed skin
Nausea
Strong Itching
Vomiting
Slowed Heart Rate
Clouded Brain Function
Slowed Breathing, which may lead to Comas or Brain Damage
Feeling of Heaviness in the Arms and Legs
Dry Mouth
Slower Cardiac Movement
Drowsiness

Long term Symptoms

Pulmonary Issues
Spontaneous Abortion in Females
Liver Disease
Kidney Disease
Collapsed Veins
Chronic Constipation, Bowel Blocks, and other Gastrointestinal issues.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Sweating
Fever
Mood Changes
Excessive Bodily Fluids
Possible Depression
Distress
Diarrhea
Insomnia
Bone Pain
Muscle Pain
Vomiting
Restlessness
Cold Flashes