Heroin addiction eventually devolves. The user’s euphoric rushes from earlier usage begin to disappear. At this point, the motivation to continue using is driven only by the need to stop extreme withdrawal symptoms of sickness, agitation, muscle aches and anxiety. This is when the addiction is no longer fun or exciting, and the nightmare begins and intensifies every time the last dose of heroin has worn off.
Heroin often contains harmful and toxic chemicals that will cause permanent damage to blood vessels, the brain, lungs, kidney and liver. It also takes away the user’s health, strength and cognitive ability to function. Relationships with family, friends and lovers begin to breakdown, and complete disarray begins to settle in, financially, health-wise and in all other aspects of life. The pursuit of the next dose of heroin becomes more important than basic needs like food, hygiene and health. Unfortunately, the user will be oblivious to the situation and unaware of the damage they are doing to themselves and the people who love them. In most cases, even if the user is aware, he or she will be unable to stop using heroin on their own.