Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder. Typically injected, snorting and smoking heroin has become more common in an effort to avoid the risk of infection, HIV contraction and physiological damage to tissue and veins at the site of injection. The Wizard of Oz depicts a world in black and white, void of color until Dorothy and her companions reach a field of poppies, a world of intense color and a peaceful rest.
Let’s not kid ourselves about the allure of pleasure and the avoidance of pain. The desire for gain and the fear of loss are prime movers and heroin is purely a vehicle for acquiring a greater degree of pleasure than one imagines possible using more benign and/or less active compounds. It is risk versus benefit and the benefits to the heroin user are VERY high, and when staging a heroin intervention it poses a formidable threat that is always made easier with a skilled interventionist. Heroin is reputed to be almost instantly dependency-forming.
This means that one dose creates an experience that is nearly perfect to the user. The pendulum, however, swings quickly and equally in the opposite direction to a state so below normal that heroin is the only means of escaping the pure hell that an addict experiences without the influence or hope for the drug.
Abuse of heroin specifically means the self-inflicted maltreatment, injury, or damage to ones person with heroin. This includes the physical body of the addict and the social and/or financial harm that will affect this same “natural person” within society. It includes the family, friends, coworkers and congregation members who are likely victims and/or enablers of the addict’s abusive behavior.
Heroin Addiction and Dependency
Beyond abuse, addiction and dependency are a potential mix of the physiological need for heroin and psychological or behavioral need for self-medication with heroin. Ultimately the addict has to desire to be free of their drive for the drug and/or its effects. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage – if not death – is far more likely than an addict seeking a treatment center on their own.
If you are reading this, it is NOT too late. Calls are confidential and anonymous. You may only need information – your loved one may need a heroin intervention.