Heroin was first manufactured in 1898 by the Bayer pharmaceutical company in Germany and it was marketed as a treatment for TB it was also known as a remedy for a morphine addiction.
Heroin is a highly addictive drug extracted from the poppy plant. How can such a beautiful plant create so much death and destruction?
The poppy plant from which Morphine, heroin, and opium are extracted from has been a huge part to play in the world of drugs today. The poppy plant is a very common plant found in nursery’s and in gardens however it’s not illegal in most countries except in Mexico.
How is Heroin taken?
You see in movies of people smoking it and injecting it but it can also be snorted. This can lead to so many serious health problems not to mention an addiction.
Once you start on heroin then more heroin is needed to produce the same level of intensity. Therefore, this results in addiction and it’s a lot harder to stop than most other drugs. There are so many health factors involved including fatality. You could contract HIV /AIDS, hepatitis and many other infections as well as developing heart and liver problems.
The major problem is that once you are addicted you need more to avoid have major withdrawal symptoms that can last many days. Also, once you stop taking the drug it can be fatal if not done in the correct/supervised way.
What does Heroin look like?
In pure form, it is white powder. But more often it’s a brown or black as there are so many added toxic ingredients. There is brown heroin that is mainly used for smoking instead of injecting and is less expensive. Then you get the Black Tar heroin and looks like tar. The white heroin is a powder and sometimes more dangerous as its combined with other lethal drugs to increase the ‘quantity’ for selling to addicts.
Apparently, there are over 9.2 million people across the world that use heroin.
Counselling Heroin Addiction
Counselling heroin addicts is specialized, as with all drugs heroin users develop their own brand of psychology which is usually based around stubbornness, arrogance and generally anti-social. Twin Rivers recognizes that heroin addicts require individualized treatment plans and counselling,
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process