Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a ‘downer’ and induces a state of euphoria and relaxation. It acts on the pleasure centres of the brain. Heroin is an opiate and blocks the ability for the user to feel pain.

The stigma attached to heroin addiction may seem disheartening; many believe it is impossible to come back from such a powerful substance. Heroin is an all-consuming drug. This is a substance gives the user a sense of euphoria and relaxation. After abusing the drug for some time, the user becomes physically dependent on it, much like an alcoholic cannot function without alcohol. There are numerous ways to come off the drug, be it going ‘cold turnkey’ or getting into a medical detox program. Long term treatment is advised for heroin addicts. This powerful drug can be overcome, recovery is possible.

There are many symptoms of heroin use, these include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiny pupils (almost like a pin prick)
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Exhausted appearance and heavy limbs
  • Suddenly falling asleep/ passing out
  • Severe and unexplained weight loss


The above signs are not unique to heroin addiction. There are other, more definitive signs that point immediately to the abuse of the substance. From drug paraphernalia to unexplained puncture wounds.

These include:

  • Burned and bent spoons
  • Syringes not being used for medical purposes
  • Burned aluminium foil
  • Straw that appear to have burn marks
  • Tiny plastic bags with white, yellow or brown powdery remains
  • Makeshift pipes

If you believe that your loved one is in the throes of heroin addiction, or if you yourself are caught in the cycle of heroin addiction, it is important to remember that help is available. Contact Houghton House today for more information on our emergency helpline +27 79 770 75 32

Never forget: Recovery is possible.