Why is Heroin So Addictive?

Heroin abuse and addiction has become prolific across the country over the last few decades. But what is it about heroin that makes it so incredibly addictive?

Heroin typically comes in two forms, "black tar" or "china white".

Heroin typically comes in two forms, “black tar” or “china white”.

Reasons Why Heroin is so Addictive?


1. For individuals who have experienced not only physical but emotional trauma, heroin and other opiates are a very attractive drug. Heroin and other opiates help the pain of unresolved grief, are used to “check out” and can absolutely numb most physical pain.

2. Heroin, in its different forms, can be used by sniffing, smoking or injected, making it an extremely versatile drug.

3. The euphoria of a heroin high can be described as a “warm blanket”, getting wrapped around you when you are cold. The overwhelming feeling of relief cascades all over the body. The feeling of the high and being free from pain is almost incomparable. Why would an addict not want to feel this all the time?

4. The ritual of using can also be extremely addicting. Picking up, coming home pulling out the paraphernalia and ultimately the process of cooking the drug can be just as addicting as the drug itself. There is always a strong feeling of anticipation that starts long before the addict ever actually uses the drug.

5. Guilt is often an impetus to keep using, enabling the addict to create more reasons for themselves to keep using heroin.

6. Heroin and other opiates are extremely habit forming not just physically but psychologically as well. Once the body has become adjusted and dependent on the substance, the mind builds a dependency as well. This leads to extreme withdrawal whenever the drug is taken away or not used periodically.

7. Withdrawal from heroin is one of the biggest factors when it comes to why addicts will not stop. They can be excruciatingly painful and start every time the addict doesn’t get their fix. Symptoms include hot and cold flashes, body tremors, constipation, fever, aches and pain in the bones, and severe discomfort.


Hope for Heroin Addiction


Remember, detoxing from heroin is merely just a start. As with any addiction, finding the underlying causes as to why the individual began to use in the first place can ultimately help provide an impetus to long-term sobriety from the drug.


If you can understand the addiction and the descriptions listed above, you’ll be in a better place to offer aid. If you or someone you know needs help from Heroin addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 357-7577.