The effects and risks of heroin addiction are well documented and everyone is well aware of the resultant breakdown in relationships, financial problems, physical and mental disorders.Drug users put themselves through all of this, and for what?

Studies by the Information Centre for Health and Social Care have shown that most people who have started taking drugs do not do so with the intention of becoming hooked or to become habitual users who cannot start the day without a fix.Social use becomes the norm, while peer pressure and the need for relief from a stressful home life or difficult job add to the pressure.The addictive nature of heroin means that it rapidly becomes a necessity rather than a recreation and left unchecked can take over a person’s life, as they have to strive ever harder to reach a ‘high’.

Heroin is a fast acting opiate that once it has entered the blood stream leaves users with a feeling of euphoria, a ‘high’ or a ‘rush’ of well being.Heroin abuse leads to a tolerance of the drug’s effect, so heroin addicts have to use ever more to reproduce that initial ‘high’.This can rapidly lead to a state of drug dependency and serious physical and psychological problems, as the person becomes increasingly immune to the effects. Drug addiction is never without side effects.

There are a series of side effects associated with heroin withdrawal. As a long time addict comes down from heroin use they may experience dilated pupils, goose bumps, watery eyes and a runny nose.There will also be a loss of appetite, shivers and nausea, muscle pain and difficulty sleeping.