Are you a heroin addict? Do you know someone who is?It’s not surprising, given the large percentage of users that become addicted. How large? Almost a fourth of people who try heroin end up getting hooked. That’s more addictive than tobacco and cocaine – possibly more than any other known substance.
So why does heroin addiction happen to such a high degree?
Experts point to two things – the incredibly fast speed at which heroin enters the brain once it’s taken, and the fact that tolerance develops so quickly that you have to use more to get high every single time you do the drug.
In fact, heroin is the fastest-acting opiate that exists, and the way it interacts with your brain chemicals creates both a physical and a psychological dependence. (U.S. Department of Justice) The physical part of heroin addiction creates withdrawal symptoms that tend to make users want to get high again as soon as possible so they don’t have to go through the pain, which in turn reinforces the addiction. Just a few of the physical withdrawal symptoms include pain, vomiting, diarrhea, goosebumps on the skin, involuntary kicking, and sleeplessness.Read more: Heroin Treatment Rehab
Even addicts who have gone through treatment and use prescribed drugs to reduce their heroin cravings report that they “just want it” (indicating psychological dependence) despite not feeling sick or even really experiencing strong cravings. Why does heroin addiction happen to cause such a strong reaction? The power of heroin is that it not only makes you feel like everything is good while you’re on it, but also leaves you with a sense that regular life is horrible and just not worth living when you aren’t using it. (About.com)
Why Does Heroin Addiction Happen to Some and Not Others?
There’s no clear scientific answer as to causes for some people becoming addicted to heroin more easily than others, but we do know that genetics plays a role. If you have a history of addiction in your family, it is more likely that you will become addicted when you drink or do drugs recreationally. This is because drugs like heroin actually change the chemical structure of your brain, and if you use over a long period of time, this change can become permanent.
Some of these genetic alterations are passed down through the generations and make it easier for your kids and grandkids to get hooked. Heroin creates addicts out of such a high percentage of users, and those with genetic tendencies may be contributing to the high number of users, which perpetuates usage in society in the future.
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