The ingredients of heroin come from the opium poppy plant. After the substance is refined into morphine, it is further modified to become heroin as we know it. Heroin is illegal, and those who use it are very likely to develop an addiction. Many eventually seek heroin addiction treatment and rehab, but not before the drug has disastrous effects on their lives.
The Downward Spiral of Heroin
If you’ve used heroin, you probably know very well the initial rush you experience right after taking it. Other feelings of calm, relaxation, torpor and well-being are also hallmarks of heroin. The desire to repeat these pleasurable experiences is at the heart of heroin-related substance use disorders.
When a person has a heroin addiction, he or she will spend increasing amounts of time and energy thinking about, craving and doing heroin as well as planning the next “score.” Many of the behaviors around obtaining and ingesting the drug become rituals that are almost as addictive as the dope itself.
A good heroin addiction treatment program will deal not only with the physical and psychological dependency on the drug but also on freeing the person from the need to perform these repetitive ritualistic behaviors.