HEROIN ADDICTION: WHY IS HEROIN SO HARD TO QUIT?

heroin addictionFast acting, heroin quickly enters the brain, affecting the region responsible for physical dependence. Highly addictive, about 1 out of 4 people (23%) who use heroin become dependent on it. 

After repeated exposure, heroin users develop tolerance and increase their dose to achieve the desired high. Thus, the vicious cycle of heroin addiction begins.

To make matters worse, people who want to quit heroin often find themselves using again to manage withdrawal symptoms.

“Heroin users describe physical withdrawal from opiates like the worse flu one can ever imagine, multiplied by 10. They don’t sleep for days. Major anxiety in addition to horribly aching bones and muscles also are common,” explains Sally Thoren, Executive Director, Gateway Foundation Chicago West.

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