Heroin Addiction

An opiate is any drug that is derived from the opium poppy. They are a class of depressants that slows down the nervous system. They are often prescribed to relieve pain or anxiety, but can also become very addictive and is often found in a range of drugs that are legally prescribed, available over the counter at any pharmacy or supermarket or in illegal substances like Heroin.

Examples of opiates include:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Methadone
  • Pethidine

Naturally, the brain helps to cope with pain and emotions by producing hormones called endorphins. Opiates provide an unnatural source of endorphins, which creates a feeling of euphoria in the user. However, prolonged opiate use can result in the brain halting production of natural endorphins. One effect of this is that the body can no longer stop pain. This leads to a physical dependence on opiates as an external source of endorphins.

Prolonged opiate dependence can result in severe withdrawal effects should the user stop. Opiate withdrawal syndrome can take the form of a physical illness and can potentially be deadly if not treated by medical staff. Some of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include:

  • Craving the drug
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sweating
  • Feeling cold
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Shakes or trembling
  • Insomnia

They can also create a sense of euphoria and sedation, but, if taken in large doses, this could result in coma and even death.

If you’re worried that you have any of these symptoms of opiate withdrawal, contact us now and see how we may be able to help.

Heroin Addiction