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Heroin Addiction

Heroin Drug Addiction Solutions Help Line was setup as a no cost service to help heroin addicts or family/frindes of heroin addicts, find help to get heroin addiction treatment anywhere across the United States.

Heroin addiction falls under the heading of opiate addiction, which is the second leading addiction in our society; following alcohol addiction. Heroin is noted for having the highest euphoria potential of all opiates and is, therefore, prone to cause psychological addiction even if the user were to not become physically addicted. Addiction is defined as a state of physiological or psychological dependence on a drug liable to have a damaging effect.

The withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin addiction are usually experienced shortly before the time of the next scheduled dose, meaning at the time that the last dose has been metabolized and is no longer binding to the pleasure receptor sites in the brain. Early symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, and sweating. Restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea, tremors, and the craving for heroin appear as the syndrome progresses and soon occupies the entire attention of the withdrawing person. Severe depression and vomiting are common. The heart rate and blood pressure are elevated. Chills alternating with flushing and excessive sweating are also characteristic symptoms. Pains in the bones and muscles of the back and extremities occur, as do muscle spasms. At any point during this process, a suitable narcotic can be administered that will dramatically reverse the withdrawal symptoms. Without some type of intervention, the syndrome will run its course, and most of the overt physical symptoms will disappear within 7 to 10 days. If you picture being very sick at your stomach and experience the symptoms of the most severe flu you could imagine, and knowing that if you have one dose of heroin, all of these symptoms will disappear and you will feel absolutely normal again, then you can understand how people that suffer from heroin addiction can do many things that would violate their values in order to secure that next fix.

The psychological dependence associated with narcotic addiction is complex and may last for years after addictive use. Long after the physical need for the drug has passed, the addict may continue to think and talk about the use of drugs and feel strange or overwhelmed coping with daily activities without being under the influence of drugs. This does not necessary have to be the case if someone that has been suffering from heroin addiction were to find a reliable treatment setting where the entire addiction is confronted and handled. If not, there is a high probability that relapse will occur after narcotic withdrawal when neither the physical environment nor the behavioral motivators that contributed to the abuse have been altered.