What Makes Heroin So Addictive?
Heroin is one of the most destructive drugs in the world. Its negative effects can be seen across every socio-economic group and in countries rich and poor. Because heroin is synthesized from an opiate substance, it is highly addictive.
But what makes heroin so addictive?
When heroin enters the bloodstream, it makes a bee-line right for the brain. Once heroin is in the brain system, it begins take over. Specifically, the heroin takes over the areas of the brain that are responsible for both physical dependence and producing the sensation of reward to the body.
Essentially, the heroin tricks the brain into halting the production of reward feelings on its own. So what happens after a time is that the heroin user can not experience any good feelings without use of the drug. In fact, when the user stops taking heroin, the body is at a loss and negative symptoms begins to appear, including seizures, severe cramps, coma and in the worst case scenario, death.
This is why people develop a dependence on heroin -the only way they can avoid these negative symptoms is to keep taking the drug and supporting the artificial feelings that the heroin produces. Indeed, after a time, it is no longer about even attain the positive feelings once associated with the drug, but instead becomes all about avoiding the negative symptoms that come when the heroin addict does not get his fix.
What you need to know about heroin addiction
Heroin is a dangerous drug and an individual can become addicted after just one use. There are a wide variety of social and physical problems that accompany long term use of heroin including failed relationships, loss of job, serious illness, brain tumors and death.
Now that there is an understanding about what makes heroin so addictive, it is imperative that the individual get professional help to get off of the drug, or friends and family members step in to assist in helping the heroin addict get clean.
Michael’s House understands the seriousness of Heroin Addiction and its consequences. We work closely with our patients to make sure the rights steps are being taken to safely get them off the drug -and re-start their life in a positive drug-free direction.