What is Opioid & Heroin Addiction?
Opioids are a classification of drugs derived from the opium poppy. Drugs in this category may be legal with a prescription (hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone) or illegal (heroin).
The use of opioids triggers a large release of dopamine in the brain, causing a pleasurable feeling of relaxation and euphoria. They bind to opioid receptors on brain cells. This can cause a blockage of pain messages being sent through the body, but can also reduce or stop other essential functions, like breathing.
Addiction to opioids is possible even when taken as prescribed by a physician. Many users turn to Heroin when a prescription is no longer available or delivering the high they are looking for. Heroin use and overdose deaths have dramatically increased over the last decade. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that individuals reporting heroin use in the past month rose from 166,000 in 2002 to 335,000 in 2012.
If you think your teen may be abusing opioids or heroin, don’t hesitate to seek help. If you’re unsure or have specific questions, call today to speak with one of our licensed counselors: 702-267-6277. Vencer Youth Services provides free assessments and our team is standing by to answer your questions and support you and your family.
“Individuals reporting heroin use in the past month rose from 166,000 in 2002 to 335,000 in 2012”
Also known as:
- Hyrocodone (Norco, Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hillbilly heroin
- Brown sugar
- China white