Heroin is derived from morphine and is one of the most highly addictive drugs in the world. It usually appears as a white or brown powder or black, sticky substance. It can enter the body in various ways, including injection, inhalation, or through smoking. In addition to causing short-term side effects of euphoria and clouded thinking, Heroin can also depress breathing, which means an overdose can cause fatal side effects.
Like other prescription pain-killers, heroin has an addictive quality due to how they are consumed and their ability to replicate the brain’s natural processes. They alter the components in the brain responsible for producing pleasure and suppressing pain. Users become addicted to heroin because they enjoy the feeling of freedom, pleasure, and power that comes from its use.
Heroin detox must be performed in a supervised environment. For long-term users, abrupt cessation is not recommended unless the individual is under supervision. Monitored recovery programs are available at a certified facility such as Artemis Hill Recovery in Long Beach.
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