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Heroin Addiction Explained

addictedHeroin is an opioid drug made from morphine. Heroin is commonly known as the “Brown Sugar” as it can be brown or black in color but it’s white in its purest form. Heroin can be injected, smoked or sniffed which heads directly to the brain making it highly addictive. Heroin primarily aims to breaking down the immune system.


At the first dose of the drug, the user feels the “rush” or a feeling of warmth and well-being, dizziness and vomiting. Heroin has very high risk of tolerance (needing more of the drug to achieve the same effect) and dependence (continuing the use to prevent withdrawal symptoms).


Other symptoms are:


  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Skin flushing
  • Constricted pupils
  • Clouded mental functioning
  • Deteriorating decision-making and self-control
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Severe itching
  • Runny nose
  • Nodding off


Here are some more effects of heroine abuse:


  • Drowsiness / Sedation
  • Hypothermia (lower body temperature)
  • Shallow breathing
  • Heart infection (i.e. slower heartbeat, collapsed veins and linings)
  • Gastrointestinal cramping
  • Liver/Kidney disease
  • Pulmonary complications
  • Miscarriages
  • Coma
  • Death


Sometimes, talking about the addiction helps. If a sit-down meeting could help someone you know, ask for help at TruVida Recovery – Orange County. Our counselors are available by Phone, Text or Email.