How to tell if your child is using heroin
Heroin abuse affects every layer of a person’s life so being aware of the signs and symptoms can help you detect if a loved one is using the substance and how to assist them in their recovery.
What causes heroin addiction and dependency?
Heroin addiction is caused by both repeated use of the substance and by neuro-chemical and molecular changes in the brain. Receptors for heroin are in the portions of the brain that are responsible for reward and the receptors of pain. The effect is that people who take heroin do not feel pain or discomfort and only feel pleasure, making the experience very enjoyable. When the drug is consumed on a regular basis, the brain cells start to burn out so the person needs to take in more heroin to fight the burn and the sensation of pain.