Addiction Education: Top 5 things to know about Heroin
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
Slowed Heart Rate
Clouded Brain Function
Slowed Breathing, which may lead to Comas or Brain Damage
Feeling of Heaviness in the Arms and Legs
Slower Cardiac Movement
Long term Symptoms
Spontaneous Abortion in Females
Chronic Constipation, Bowel Blocks, and other Gastrointestinal issues.
Excessive Bodily Fluids