Heroin Drug Abuse

What is Drug Abuse

The habit of taking illegal drug that has harmful effects on human health is known as drug abuse. Some of the popular drug abuse are heroin and marijuana. Heroin in particular has harmful effects on the human nervous system as it directly affects the brain and nerves. It affects the addicts behavior as well. They could not resist the urge to use those drugs. But these drug abuse can be withdrawn or detoxed if the addict is taken to the rehab centre at the right time.

The compulsive drug seeking habit can be completely stopped by proper rehabilitation. Heroine is popularly known by other names such as horse, smack, junk or brown sugar. Heroin can be snort, smoked or injected into the vein. Right after consuming it gives happiness, pleasure and relaxation. Sometimes heroin is laced and consumed with other drugs. It is considered illegal in all countries. However the drug traffickers have doubled the production and availability across countries for its huge demand value.

Harmful effects of Heroin

Heroin has dangerous effects on human body. It produces a chemical that goes to the opioid receptors of the brain that makes us happy. Over a period of time, the heroin users gets addicted to this ‘happy chemicals’ in the brain. The brain sends message to heart, lungs, nervous system that they need not work so hard and makes them feel relaxed. Heroin has many side effects and slows down the nervous system of human. You could be infected by the dirty needles. How long will heroin stay in the system varies from individual to individual. The heroin retention duration varies depending on various factors like age, height, weight, genetics, body fat content, amount taken, drug quality, hydration, metabolism rate and health of liver and kidneys.

Withdrawal symptoms of heroin

When the addicts try to withdraw, they get anxious, rapid heartbeat and nausea are felt. When the nervous system tries to restore back to the original speed, the body hurts. They get nausea and vomiting to flush the bad chemicals from their body.

                        Physical withdrawal symptoms

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sweating
  • severe cramping
  • muscle or joint pain
  • tremors
  • hypertension

                        Psychological withdrawal symptoms

  • extreme cravings
  • insomnia
  • agitation
  • restlessness
  • lack of focus
  • fatigue

The withdrawal symptoms suggest that the addict’s body is trying to get out of the chemicals and it signals a healthy recovery It takes quite some time for the addict to get out of these symptoms after complete withdrawal. Death occurs during heroin withdrawal for two reasons. Firstly, the withdrawal symptoms may be very painful that sometimes heroin users tries to harm themselves like depression and suicidal thoughts. Secondly, after the heroin is detoxed or flushed from the addicts body, the tolerance decreases and when they try to use again, it might result in overdose and in death. This is the main reason that a rehab or addiction treatment centre to recommended so that the addict is safe.