What Is Heroin Addiction Like?


The Allure of Heroin

Imagine having no problems, because that is what the heroin high feels like. It’s an illusion, of course, but heroin addicts don’t care, because to them, in that moment, it’s real.

Many heroin addicts refer to the allure of heroin as the “whatever effect.” Meaning that whatever is bothering them goes away when they use. Heroin not only produces pleasure, but it also relieves pain, tension, anxiety and depression. In effect, it creates a whole new cozy world to live in. A place devoid of pain – kind of. When a large dose of heroin is administered, usually by injection, snorting or smoking, the individual detaches from his or her surroundings, and drifts in and out of consciousness. This trance-like state is what heroin addicts strive for, and they reverently refer to it as “nodding out.”


But what is it really like?

Heroin addiction will take decades off a person’s lifespan, and the life they do have will likely consist of poor health and malnutrition. Undoubtedly, there will be brief periods of euphoric effects, that’s a given, but those moments are short-lived. An hour or so in dreamland followed by ever increasing worry about how to get another fix. The heroin addiction lifestyle is kind of like flying to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation, but when the plane lands it crashes into the airport.


Dangers of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is the supernova of drug addictions, and the unfortunate men and women who play around with heroin, often pay a heavy price. There is almost no way to avoid it. If a heroin addict doesn’t die from heroin overdose, or from a virus, like HIV or Hepatitis C, they’ll probably die from an accident or get murdered. Every part of the heroin addict lifestyle is fraught with danger and almost no one comes out of it unscathed.


Personality Traits of Heroin Addicts