Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is a consuming disease that leads to thousands of deaths in the UK each year. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs and heroin addiction can ruin lives and often lead to death.

Heroin is usually injected but can be smoked or snorted. Signs of heroin addiction include itching, nausea, constipation and vomiting. Users can build a tolerance to the heroin which leads to an increase in the quantity of heroin used and the frequency of use.

Heroin is an opiate. An opiate is a drug that is derived from opium which comes from the poppy. Opiates are depressants that slow down one’s nervous system. Opiates such as morphine are prescribed to relieve severe pain but are highly addictive. Heroin is the illegal form of morphine and is not as pure as the prescribed version.

Examples of opiates include:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Methadone
  • Pethidine

The human brain copes with pain by producing endorphins, a type of hormone, that are created naturally. Opiates provide another source of endorphins, which can create a feeling of total euphoria. Prolonged opiate and heroin use can result in the brain stopping the production of the natural endorphins. One side-effect of this is the body will no longer stop pain on its own. This can lead to a physical dependence on the opiate to get the endorphins the body needs.

If a prolonged heroin dependence is stopped it can result in severe withdrawal effects. Opiate withdrawal syndrome takes the form of physical illness and could lead to death if not treated by trained medical staff. Some of the withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Opiate cravings
  • Nausea/sickness / vommiting
  • Sweating
  • Feeling hot/cold
  • Diarrhoea
  • Agitation
  • The Shakes
  • Stomach cramps
  • Insomnia

If you’re worried that you have any of these symptoms of opiate withdrawal or you suffer from heroin addiction, contact us now on 01923 804 139 and see how we may be able to help.