When teens are routinely prescribed prescription drugs throughout their young years —
When Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Meridia may be prescribed for children as young as 6 or 7 and stay prescribed through adulthood —
When prescription drug ads run every hour of every day on every channel —
Then we should not be surprised that teens are abusing prescription drugs in ever-increasing numbers.
Heroin addiction, most generally, starts with a dependency to recreational use. Once prolonged use sets in, physical dependence takes control of the person’s body and behavior as well. But like all opiate addictions, the addiction can be stopped through detoxification and rehabilitation.
No one who tries heroin for recreational use intends to end up with an addiction to it. A person gets addicted to heroin in an attempt to self-medicate emotional pain or to alleviate physical ailments. A person will continue to use to prevent the painful withdrawal symptoms.
What is Heroin
Heroin is a highly addictive, and illegal Schedule I substance. Heroin use and abuse has become an epidemic in the world, especially the United States. Heroin is the most abused opiate, as well as the fastest acting. Heroin is derived directly from morphine, which is a naturally occurring compound extracted from the seed pods of the opium poppy.
The two most common forms of heroin are tar, or powder. The purest heroin is usually in powder form, also known as “china white”. The majority of heroin is marketed as a white powder or brownish tar like substance. Heroin is usually combined, or cut with other drugs or with substances such as quinine, powdered milk, and even sugar. There have also been reports of heroin being cut with toxic chemicals such as strychnine. Another common form of heroin is known as black tar. Black tar is usually sticky, like tar used for roofing houses. Some common street names for heroin include H, Brown sugar, Skag, Junk, Smack, Black tar, Horse, and Mud.
Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that takes over and destroys lives. Users who are dependent on cocaine tend to put everything they have into their own abuse. Addicts have gone as far as selling their children in order to obtain more cocaine. People do not intend on becoming entirely dependent on cocaine, moreover they just wanted to enjoy themselves for a certain interval of time, but soon find themselves unable to quench their thirst for the drug.
Why Is Cocaine Addictive
The reason why cocaine is so addictive is that is causes feelings of euphoria in the user, cocaine affects the brains natural dopamine levels by raising them. The initial feeling of euphoria will last for twenty to thirty minutes in new users, but once the cocaine users’ addiction has formed, the addict will start to feel less of a high with each dose. Sometimes the initial feeling of happiness will last only minutes, and the user feels compelled to take another hit to prolong the emotion. This is the beginning of dependence. This onset can happen very quickly in some people, while others may take more time to develop the full symptoms. Once addiction has been formed, the person will also suffer feelings of extreme withdrawal, which can make them desire another hit in order to take away the anxiety.