Tennessee Man Spirals Into Heroin Addiction

Chad Gibson had it all in high school. He was class president and captain of the soccer team. However, in college he discovered painkillers, and after graduating he discovered heroin. He became hooked and it became his drug of choice because it was much cheaper than the hydrocodone he previously took. After stealing money from family to support his habit, he checked into rehab and is now 11 months sober.

Heroin is an illegal opioid drug taken to induce feelings of euphoria and relaxation. Also known as diacetylmorphine, morphine diacetate, diamorphine, smack, junk or H, it is an incredibly addictive drug that exacts a high toll on American society. Addiction is associated with tolerance and a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome, with people often needing extensive drug treatment in order to break an addiction. Seek out drug treatment centers in Memphis if you are dependent on heroin.

What Is Heroin?

This drug is an opioid analgesic, with this drug closely related to the naturally occurring morphine molecule. Heroin is the 3,6-diacetyl ester of morphine, with heroin originally synthesized in 1866 when two acetyl groups were added to the molecule morphine. Heroin does have some legitimate medical uses in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, where it is used to treat severe acute pain and also used as a maintenance drug in the context of opioid replacement therapy. It is not used medically in the United States, however, where it is only available on the black market and taken for recreational reasons. Heroin is mostly taken by intravenous injection, with some people also smoking the drug for a less potent effect.

What Are Opioids?

Heroin is an opioid drug, with most other opioids available legally as prescription medications. Opioids include the three major naturally occurring opium alkaloids morphine, codeine and thebaine, together with the semisynthetic substances heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and many more. While heroin is an illicit substance, most opioid drugs are widely prescribed to treat acute and chronic pain conditions. All opioids are capable of causing physical addiction, with tolerance developing quickly and a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome experienced when drug use is stopped. Methadone is another opioid substance, with this drug often used during treatment in the context of opioid replacement therapy. Opioids are the most widely abused class of prescription medications, with prescription drug abuse also occurring with sedative-hypnotics and stimulants.

Drug treatment centers in Memphis, along with Narcotics Anonymous  can help you break free of addiction. Call today.

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