From morphine we can get the opioid heroin. It comes from the poppy seed plant ad can be smoked, sniffed, injected, or snorted. Heroin addicts have a change in their brain and behavior. You can easily get addicted to heroin. Heroin addicts want more of the substance because of the good feeling it gives them. If you keep on using heroin, then you will soon be taking larger doses in order to achieve the good feeling on the same level. There are times when addiction starts with medications like painkiller. Since taking medication gives them a pleasurable feeling, they get addicted and once the medication stops, they resort to illegal drugs like heroin to have that pleasurable feeling back.
If you cannot find symptoms on a heroin user then he is successful in hiding it. When heroin use increase, the addiction symptoms will be difficult to hide. You will know a heroin addict by these signs and symptoms: drowsiness or agitation, slurred speech, depression, constricted pupils, needle marks, memory loss, constipation, runny nose or nose sores, and a reduced sense of pain.
If you are a heroin addict, then there is no single cure-all for it. But you will find many effective treatments available that can help an addict into and through recovery. The specific treatment to be used on the patient will depend on the kind of substance that he has used, and if there is any coexisting medical condition. A heroin addict can be subject to various types of treatments. It is better to use several types of treatment rather than just one for it to be more effective.
IF you are going to be treated for heroin addiction, then the two main forms of treatment include the pharmacological (medication) and behavioral.
Stopping the use of heroin during addiction will bring about many physical symptoms during withdrawal. There can be serious symptoms displayed. Nausea, vomiting, pain, and diarrhea are some of the serious symptoms that one can experience during withdrawal.
During heroin detox, a patient craves intensely for the drug and will experience a painful and uncomfortable withdrawal. Heroin is sometimes used to stop withdrawal pains and detox itself. Medication can ease cravings and physical withdrawal symptoms so heroin use during detox can be reduced.
In most treatments, the first step is detoxing from the drug. Further treatment will not be very effective if detox is not completed by a patient because he cannot endure it. Medical supervision is necessary to enhance the safety of detox. You can be hospitalized for detox.
Your behavioral treatment can either be an inpatient setting our an outpatient treatment setting. Individual therapy, group therapy or contingency management is included in behavioral treatment. In behavioral therapy the patient in helped to identify drug use triggers, to build coping skills when faced with cravings, to deal with relapse, and to identify and cope with issues causing emotional discomfort.
Heroin addiction is a serious condition which is treatable.