What is Heroin Addiction?
Many consider heroin to be one of the most addictive substances. Heroin is sought after because of the effect induced when it is taken into the body. Heroin produces a fast-acting high that causes the individual drug abuser to return to using time and time again in an effort to produce the same high. This is in part due to how quickly an individual will build a tolerance in their body to heroin. This rapid development of a tolerance to heroin results in the drug abuser requiring more frequent and increasingly larger doses of the drug to achieve the same bliss-like state (euphoria) that the individual heroin user seeks. While chasing the feeling of the first high, the heroin user inadvertently becomes a heroin addict. The increase in use leads to a physical and mental dependence that feels all-encompassing and inescapable. As heroin is a respiratory depressant, the continued abuse of the drug poses a high risk for overdose and death.