Many people probably ask themselves this question, “How did I become a heroin addict?” No one chooses to become addicted to heroin. It happens for different reasons. Sure, some individuals choose to experiment with heroin due to peer pressure or simple curiosity. However, many people end up addicted to heroin because of an addiction to prescription painkillers.
A Heroin Addict and Their Thoughts
A heroin addict may wonder how they got to this point in their life? They may have begun with a legitimate sports injury or an injury at work, an automobile accident, or many other scenarios. Now, they are not using heroin to get high, they are using it to keep from having withdrawal symptoms which are excruciating to the user. But how did all this start?
Many of these individuals did not grow up in a drug or alcohol use environment. They simply went to their physician with chronic pain from an injury. Many of these physicians instead of trying alternative methods of pain relief, prescribe opioid painkillers. It doesn’t take long for the patient to develop a tolerance to these drugs.
Tolerance to Opioid Prescription Painkillers
It is not uncommon for patients to develop a tolerance to their pain medication. Tolerance means that it takes more of the medication to produce the same results. If the patient takes more of the medication or takes it more often than prescribed, they will develop a dependence on the drug.
Once the patient develops a dependence, they will have withdrawal symptoms if they do not take the drug. The body has to have the drug to keep from becoming ill from not having it. Physicians today are becoming more aware of opioid addiction and are not prescribing these drugs as freely.
Once the doctors stop prescribing the opioid painkillers is the point when many individuals turn to heroin because it produces the same effects. Heroin is easier to obtain and in fact, is much cheaper than prescription painkillers on the streets.
What is Heroin and Why is it So Dangerous?
Heroin is the class of drugs known as opioids. It is, however, an illicit drug. It is sold on the streets and is readily available in almost every area of the United States today. Heroin reduces pain as well as producing a feeling of euphoria and relaxation. However, this drug is extremely addictive. It can be smoked, snorted, or injected into veins, under the skin, or into muscles.
The biggest danger associated with heroin is that it is sold on the streets by dealers who “cut” the drug with other substances such as powdered milk or sugar, among many other substances. Therefore, the user has no idea how much actual heroin they are receiving when buying this drug.
Today, there has become a very dangerous and deadly practice of dealers “cutting” heroin with fentanyl. Many heroin overdose deaths are attributed to heroin laced with fentanyl. A heroin addict can never be sure of what substance they are receiving and using.
Seek Help for Heroin Addiction
Most heroin addicts do not seek help from a reputable addiction treatment center because of the withdrawal symptoms. Once they do not have the drug, withdrawal symptoms start. These symptoms are more than uncomfortable. A heroin addict can think that these symptoms are unbearable. This is why when these symptoms start, they do anything they can to get another “fix.” After all, this is much easier than asking for help.
If you have become addicted to heroin for whatever reason, reach out for help. A reputable inpatient addiction treatment center can help you get through the withdrawal symptoms and detoxification as comfortably as possible. You will be safe during detox and will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion.
Our representatives at New Beginnings Rehab can help you choose a treatment program that will suit your individual needs. They can explain the entire process of detoxification after which you will receive a treatment program which will educate you about ways to stay sober and live a new life in recovery from addiction.
Don’t continue on the road to disaster. Seek help today. One of our representatives can answer any questions you may have about the right facility and treatment program for your needs. Make that call today.
drugabuse.gov/ – What is Heroin and How is it Used?
Drugabuse.gov – What is Fentanyl?