What is heroin?
How is heroin taken?
Is heroin always a street drug?
How is heroin addiction different from other opioids?
Heroin addiction stands apart from addiction to other opioids. One of the most notable differences is the intensity of the high that heroin produces. While all opioids interact with the brain’s pleasure centers, heroin creates a more potent euphoria. This intense high makes heroin more psychologically addictive, increasing the urgency for users to seek out the drug. Heroin is also more accessible and cheaper than prescription opioids.
Another key distinction lies in the speed at which heroin addiction can develop and the associated risks. Heroin addiction often progresses more rapidly than addiction to other opioids, partly due to its potency and the methods of administration, such as injection, which deliver the drug more directly into the bloodstream.
A higher risk of overdose and severe health complications often accompanies this rapid onset of addiction. The illegal status of heroin also means that it is often adulterated with other substances, increasing the risks of overdose and other health issues.
What are the signs of heroin addiction?
What's the difference between heroin dependence, tolerance, and addiction?
What do heroin withdrawal symptoms look like?
What medications are used in heroin addiction treatment?
What is dual diagnosis, and how does it affect heroin addiction?
Dual diagnosis refers to the presence of a substance use disorder, such as heroin addiction, along with another mental health condition like depression. This complicates the treatment process because both conditions must be addressed for adequate recovery. In heroin addiction, a dual diagnosis often means that the mental health condition may have contributed to substance abuse and vice versa.
Integrated treatment is essential for effective recovery. NuLife Behavioral Health offers dual diagnosis treatment, incorporating both addiction therapy and mental health treatment.