Heroine consumption through smoking,
snorting or injecting can cause serious
harm and social impairment.
“Heroin cut me off from the rest of the world. My parents kicked me out. My friends and my brothers didn’t want to see me anymore. I was all alone.” —Heroin Addict, Drug-Free World
Heroin is an alarmingly addictive drug, acquired from poppy flowers and simulated substances. It is consumed orally through smoking, through snorting or intravenously. The intake of heroin in any way causes the same degree of harm and addiction. Heroin penetrates the brain at a quick level causing serious level of dependence.
Studies have shown that one out of every four individuals who try heroin is bound to instantly become addict. They also develop tolerance to the particular drug. The main withdrawal symptoms of heroin, a type of opiate, includes bone and muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting and chills in the body.
Heroin has a grave effect on the individuals social functioning as well. It may cause paranoia, irrational behavior and criminal behavior as well which affects the individual’s relationships with family, friends, spouse and colleagues. Individuals who might not be able to find money for purchase of their drug may become violent and aggressive. Sometimes due to an addict’s absurd behavior, family members might become distant and the addict experiences the feeling of abandonment, but that can be labeled as a form of “tough love” from the family’s part that actually gives the addict a chance to seek some gratification on their part.
“I sold my car, lost my job, was kicked out of my mother’s house, was $25,000 in credit card debt, and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. I lied, I stole, I cheated.” —Heroin Addict, Drug-Free World
During active addiction, addicts usually behave in an out of character sort of way. Their personalities are completely affected and once happy and cheerful individuals become sour and aggressive. They also feel low self-esteem and lack of trust in themselves and others, eventually leading to paranoia. Arrogance and inflated grandiosity might also be one of the leading signs in heroin addiction. Addicts are also known to suffer from financial difficulties in order to fund their addiction.
Source: The Daily Reporter Statements: Drug-Free World