Unfortunately, There Are Many Misconceptions About The Causes Of Substance Abuse
Sometimes, these misconceptions hold people back from seeking out the help they need to recover. It’s important to understand that being addicted to opioids, heroin, or other substance abuse doesn’t mean that the addicted person is “bad,”, “weak,” or “immoral.” Addiction is a powerful disease that can strike any person from any type of background, regardless of their age, ethnicity, or any other factor.
Heroin and opioids, a class of painkilling drugs that includes oxycodone, fentanyl, and codeine, are among the most addictive of all controlled substances. Both interact with brain systems that are responsible for regulating pleasure and mood, which induces intense euphoria and relaxation. Eventually, the person needs to use heroin or opioids to feel any sense of pleasure, because of the way the brain chemistry has been altered. This fuels the addiction and makes it harder to stop using, even when the person knows they are suffering and wants to quit.
Depending on the genetics, some people become addicted after one use or a few uses, while for others, the process takes more times. But no matter how quickly or how gradually an addiction develops, it is crucial to understand how and why the person became addicted. Once a patient understands what drives them to use opioids or heroin, they have a better likelihood of finding healthy solutions to the issue fueling the substance abuse. Understanding is also key for friends and family to offer appropriate, nonjudgmental support.