Being ‘high’ is considered an altered state that results from illicit drug use. This feeling occurs when dopamine is released in the brain, causing an intense feeling of euphoria.
The high from a drug depends on various factors. Things like a person’s history with drug use, the type of drug, and how the drug is taken are all factors that contribute to how long a person stays high.
Not every drug produces the same intensity or length of high. Each drug has its own impact on a user. When determining how long a high lasts, people generally look at what is called the ‘half-life’ of the drug. Half-life is a term used to describe how long it takes for the body to reduce the dose to half-size in the body.
Heroin has a half-life that lasts between 2 and 6-minutes. This is quite lower than most other opiates. Despite this very small period, heroin can still be detected in a person’s system for up to 72-hours after being ingested.
Individuals that are habitual users of heroin can have drugs detected in their system up to one week through a urine test where hair or saliva tests can show trace amounts for even longer periods.
If a person smokes or injects heroin, the high is more intense but shorter lived. Individuals that snort heroin have a longer high that does not reach the same magnitude.
This type of drug is a stimulant, which means that it can make a user feel like they are invincible. This type of high can last several hours for users. Individuals on crystal meth often feel full of energy and confidence and more euphoric. This is often short-lived, which can result in intense withdrawal once the feelings leave the system.
This drug has a half-life of 12-hours. This drug will typically leave a user’s system within 24-hours after the last use. Individuals that use crystal meth often experience severe lows from this drug, which can cause intense cravings.
Cocaine is another type of stimulant but, unlike crystal meth, the high only lasts 5-10 minutes when injected or inhaled. Individuals that snort cocaine are able to feel high up to 30-minutes at a time.
Cocaine can remain in a person’s system for up to 72-hours. Individuals that are chronic users can have the drug in their system longer. Urine tests for cocaine often show the drug for up to a week in a person’s system where blood tests only show positive results within 48-hours of use. Hair and saliva tests can show the drug in a person’s system for several weeks after the last use.
Anyone dealing with addiction knows personally how powerful a high is. It can completely transform a person’s brain, severally impacted how they think and react to situations. At Asana Recovery, we help patients detox these harmful drugs from their system so they have a better chance of recovery. If you or someone you know is battling a drug addiction, contact us today at (949) 438-4504 to get help today.