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Heroin Addiction and Facts

Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is understood to be one of the more destructive and challenging cycles to break. Heroin is a powerful opiod known for its effect on pain in those who use it.  The unique nature of heroin lies in its ability to provide a greater effect in smaller quantities than the well-known morphine.

Heroin is derived from morphine. Morphine is derived from Opium. Opium is obtained from the opium poppy. Heroin being derived from a plant in such a way entices people to believe it is safe. They consider it a “natural high” seemingly having little to no consequences.

The human body naturally creates what are known as endorphins.  The term endorphin is a shortening of the term “endo morphine”.  This translates to morphine that is created naturally in the brain.  By directly flooding our brains with an outside opiate, pleasurable effects and ultimately crippling addiction result. The physical heroin addiction is caused by the flood of endorphins. Continued use results in the body no longer producing its own endorphins and this is the reason for withrawals. This is why heroin addiction is so severe, your body and mind stop functioning normally and you become dependant on the heroin to have any form of function.

Heroin can be used in a wide variety of ways. Heroin can be injected, smoked, or rolled into cigarettes. Heroin may also be inhaled as smoke using a straw commonly refered to as “Chasing the Dragon”.

Studies conducted on heroin addiction show that about 30% of first time heroin users become addicted. If you think heroin addiction has no serious side effects ask yourself this. Would you be willing to jump out of a plane if your parachute had a 30% chance of not opening?

One of the biggest risks with heroin use is overdose. Purity levels vary with street drugs. The extreme condition of overdosing is “DEATH”. Using heroin just once can result in death. Obviously, there is risk attached to heroin use.

You may ask yourself. “Who would use such a substance”? Simply put, people of all ages and backgrounds use heroin. It is estimated 3,091,000 U.S. resident ages 12 and older  have used heroin at least once in their lifetime. It is an increasing epidemic among young people. 76,000 ages 12 to 17 and 474,000 ages 18 to 25 have used heroin. Statistically 30% of these young people will become addicted to the drug. Purity levels range from 10% to 68% depending on location and there is no simple way to ensure the next dose is equal to the last.

Outside of the statistics, heroin is an undeniable destroyer of lives. It has the ability to entice without prejudice. It ultimately grips its victims into a state of utter dependency and unmanageability.  We will help you break the cycle.  Give us a chance. If you feel you need help, there is a solution.

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