Heroin Addictions

Written by Patty Yu
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The increase of cheaper, yet higher-quality heroin is making heroin addictions some of the most rapidly growing drug addictions in America. Many of America's youth try the drug first by smoking it or sniffing it, often thinking they won't become addicted as long as they do not inject the drug. Unfortunately, what these "casual" users don't realize is that they are probably developing dependencies upon the first handful of uses.

Heroin is especially addictive because it has a high rate of tolerance, which means each additional time they use it, takers need more to experience the same high. As the person continues to increase the amount per use, stronger heroin addictions are evident. After developing tolerance and becoming addicted to the drug, many addicts experience withdrawal symptoms without heroin.

Sometimes as quickly as two hours after a heroin dosage, the user may experience strong cravings for more. Not only does craving occur, but insomnia, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, and cold flashes. Withdrawal symptoms may last up over a week in some cases, making the chemically dependent person feel compelled to take more heroin to ease the suffering.

Intervention for Heroin Addictions

Heroin addictions dramatically alter the user's life due to the drug's powerfully addictive effects. Addicted individuals often require intervention--sometimes forceful--to check into some type of drug rehab program. Heroin addictions are so hard to kick, that sometimes other drugs, like methadone, are administered to make the process easier. Traces of the drug may remain in the system for quite some time, so a thorough detoxification is helpful.

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