Ep 36: What Heroin Addiction is Like and How to Quit!

Ep 36: What Heroin Addiction is Like and How to Quit!

What Heroin Addiction is Like

Heroin addiction and use has been a problem worldwide for many years. This article is about learning how to quit Heroin as well as understand why it is so addictive. Heroin is an extremely powerful Opioid similar to Fentanyl that has a high potential for overdosing and is a major cause of the Opioid epidemic in the United States. In 2017, 886,000 Americans used heroin at least once. 

This article and podcast aims to explain what Heroin addiction is actually like and the signs and symptoms of Heroin use so that you can better understand this drug. Our goal is to educate you in the best way that we can and hope you learn something here. If you, a friend, or family member are struggling with Heroin addiction, please reach out for help.

Why Heroin is Addictive

Heroin is a powerful Opioid that like other Opioids attaches to your opioid receptors causing a powerful euphoria effect. Many have described Heroin use as what it would feel like to be back in your mother’s womb – safe, warm and comfortable. This feeling of happiness and safeness can become highly addictive both from a chemical dependence as well as continually chasing that feeling that it gives you. These effects are so powerful that when addicted, addicts choose drugs over love or any other rationalizations. Many users have become addicted to Heroin after only a single use. The withdrawals and detox timeline of Heroin can also be extremely painful if not aided by medication-assisted treatment to ease the pain.

Common Effects of Heroin Use

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While briefly stated above, there are many effects that Heroin can cause that are both positive and negative feeling. Some of these effects are but not limited to:

  • Feeling of warmth throughout entire body
  • Subdued emotional feelings
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Nodding in and out of consciousness
  • Itchiness

How to Quit Heroin

If you, a friend, or family member is addicted to it and want to learn how to quit Heroin, do not lose hope. There are effective treatment plans and programs for recovering from Heroin use. The first step is detoxing off of it. Heroin detox is similar to other opiate detox timelines and can typically take up to 7 days or more depending on the level of dependency. After completing detox, a 30-90 day treatment program in residential treatment is recommended. Long-term drug rehab can prove to be much more effective than a shorter term program as it allows enough time for therapy and positive life habits to develop. After completing a residential program, intensive-outpatient programs or after care relapse prevention strategies are suggested to maintain sobriety. 

Today’s Sober Grind is all about Heroin addiction. What it’s like, how it became an epidemic and what YOU can do about it!
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