Heroin, a highly addictive illegal drug typically used for its euphoric effect, comes in the form of a black tar, or a white or brown powder. Street names include “horse,” “smack,” “brown sugar” and “junk.” Heroin as a drug has some of the same qualities as meth – the euphoria created by the first use of heroin will never be reached again, but a heroin addict will continue to chase the euphoria with more and more heroin. The dangers of overdose are real for the heroin addict.
Heroin can be smoked or snorted, but the drug is more typically injected into a vein in order to achieve the quickest high. Injection causes the greatest risk to users because heroin overdose can more easily occur, and because disease and infections can be spread by dirty needles. The intensity of the rush from heroin is what makes the drug so powerfully addictive. Heroin recovery can be hard for many to succeed in for a number of reasons.
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An Intervention For Heroin
Timing is everything in an intervention for heroin addiction. The intervention itself must occur within a tight window of time where your loved one is not using heroin, but is also not going through physical withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms and withdrawal pain are what makes the heroin addict unreceptive to treatment or professional help due to the discomfort they are facing.
Although this may sound surprising to a family struggling with a heroin-addicted loved one, a successful heroin intervention is possible when done on a holistic basis. It is essential to let a professional interventionist plan the intervention, organize medical detox and a stay in treatment, and have everything ready to go immediately when your loved one agrees to get help.
Heroin Use Trends in the US
Heroin has seen a rise in popularity and usage in the US. The nation’s dependence on opioid medications (painkillers) and the resulting opioid addiction crisis have simply made heroin more popular because it’s a less expensive, more readily available substitute.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports an increase in heroin use among young adults over the last few years. Heroin is often taken intravenously (IV, or using a hypodermic needle) which exposes the IV drug user to serious risk for diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Heroin can also be smoked (a.k.a. “chasing the dragon“) or snorted (a.k.a. insufflated, or inhaled).
Although the heroin withdrawal experience is similar to withdrawal from opiate-based prescription drugs, heroin users often suffer more pronounced, acute symptoms. Due to the severity of heroin withdrawal, it is known to be extremely difficult for a heroin addict to kick the habit without some type of recovery-oriented assistance, making drug rehab or treatment centers highly recommended.