Drug addiction is like a plague that has taken over the world. It ruins lives and not just the lives of the people taking them but also the lives of the people associated by the drug addict. Addiction has destroyed families and has caused a substantial amount of death in both young and old people. Mostly young people. Heroin is such a drug. It is made from the seeds of poopy plants which produce morphine. It is then “cut” with other ingredients such as sugar, starch or powdered milk. It presents itself in powder form which is either brown or white. The white form is the pure form that most people prefer. Taking heroin can be deemed “cool” by many young people and they have the preconception that it is a safer drug because it can be smoked which cannot possible be as bad a as drug that one has to inject.
Heroin is highly addictive. It is an illegal drug hence gives an adrenaline rush to many users at the idea of using something they are not supposed to. Most people who use heroin are in a place in their lives where they feel like the world is such a dreary place and they cannot find happiness. Heroin is their source of happiness. Already this is a problem because the heroin high does not last forever, once it is over life hits you back. It is said heroin unlike other drugs works not as a recreational drug but as a self-medicating drug. It brings about feelings of euphoria, feelings of warmth and safety and pain relief. Research has shown that sometimes heroin acts on the mind according to how the person’s thoughts are. The same effects can be amazing to one and terrible to another. The drug takes control of one’s life. And can completely wreak havoc. One of the reasons many heroin addicts fail to quit and undergo recovery is because of the extent of the withdrawal symptoms. Some feel the effects straight after the high subsides and it is not pretty. Which is why they opt to continue just to avoid withdrawal. Withdrawal from heroin is uncomfortable and starts from almost twelves of last dose. There is agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, tearing, insomnia, runny nose, sweating, uncontrollable yawning and this only in the first stage. When the later stage comes there is cramping, running tummy, dilated pupils, goose bumps that will not go away, nausea and vomiting.
This is when the wonder drug comes in. Suboxone is known as the miracle drug for the treatment of opioid addictions like heroin. It is a combination drug that assists with treatment of dependences by reducing craving and curbing withdrawal symptoms. This drug is a wonder. All those addicts who feel they cannot quit because of withdrawal can worry no more. The ingredients of this drug include an opioid, buprenorphine and a narcotic, naloxone. These two work together directed at the brain and nervous system. To focus less on the withdrawal. This drug is even said to be safe for those women who were wreck less during taking drugs and fell pregnant but want to clean up their lives. The drug is safe for the baby and helps the mother not have a miscarriage due to withdrawal symptoms. It however does not work on its own. It is important to understand that this drug should be taken as part of a recovery program, it is only part of the treatment. It has to go hand in hand with therapy session and having a good support system otherwise it will not be as effective. It is used as the initial treatment and maintenance so that one does not go straight back into taking drugs. This drug has saved many lives and will continue to do so.