Heroin – What is the drug, how do I stop?

What is heroin?

Heroin is a type of drug which is produced from another drug called morphine. The opium poppy is the plant which is cultivated to produce morphine. Growers of the Opium plant have known about the medicinal properties of this plant for centuries and originally used it to treat severe pain, diarrhoea and sleeping problems. When morphine processed into the drug heroin with the purpose of being a medicine it’s actual name is diamorphine and its properties are stronger than both opium and morphine.

Where does it come from?

Heroin is an opiate and is an extremely effective painkiller which can produce very pleasurable sensations for some user and this is where the problem begins for those with an addictive nature. Heroin is a very difficult drug habit to overcome. A user’s life tends to spiral out of control when their whole purpose revolves around getting their next fix.
The drug is sold on the street with varying names such as Brown and it gives the user a warm sleepy relaxed feeling. Basically, a fantastic sense of wellbeing. This is the problem, once experienced the highly additive opiate gets a hold on you causing all sorts of issues.

Being a heroin addict is a risky way to live. Many things can go wrong when using. If you ingest alcohol at the same time it increases the chances of an overdose. Other drugs such as methadone or benzodiazepine will also increase the likelihood of overdose.

Your body is at risk

Your body is at risk to all kinds of harm. Damage to your veins and arteries is common and they may develop gangrene which can lead to limb amputation, not good at all. As heroin is injected there is also the risk of HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

On top of all the health risks to yourself and the pain caused to loved ones, there is the issue of the law. Heroin is a Class A drug which is illegal. Possession can lead to 7 years imprisonment and drug convictions can impact your life long after you have served time. You may find it difficult to get a job as employers will be apprehensive about having a recovering drug addict in the workplace.

To summarise, Heroin is a terrible drug with nasty consequences for those unfortunate to fall foul of its ways. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice if you or a loved one have a problem. We can help by advising you about rehabilitation which will set you on a path back to a normal life.