In the continuous fight against drugs, heroin is a particularly nasty contender. Illegal and extremely dangerous, this drug belongs to a class of painkillers called opioids, drugs that have become especially infamous for being front and center in a nationwide health crisis. People who use heroin for a long period of time are reduced to shells of their former selves, as seen in a recent news story. Earlier this year, Jenelle Evans, a star of the MTV-produced reality series Teen Mom 2, revealed that she had fallen prey to the deadly opioid and confirmed that it can and will destroy loving relationships.

A Brief Look at Heroin

Before we begin, let’s take a closer look at the drug that has helped fuel the Opioid Crisis.

Heroin is a highly addictive drug synthesized from the naturally occurring opioid morphine (which is made from the seed pods of the opium poppy in Southeast Asia, Mexico, and Colombia). Typically, it is manufactured as a powder (white or brown in color) or black tar and goes by the street names smack, hell dust, horse, and big H. People consume heroin via smoking, snorting, or injecting. Once consumed, the opioid blocks pain receptors and induces severe changes in breathing and pulse. Long-term users will often suffer from collapsed veins (due to frequent injections), damaged nasal tissue (due to snorting), and irregularity of reproductive organs.

The Addiction of Jenelle Evans

STAR OF MTV SHOW TEEN MOM 2 OPENS UP ABOUT HER ADDICTION TO HEROINStar of the MTV show Teen Mom 2, Janelle Evans recently opened up about her experience with this potentially life-threatening drug and how it almost ruined her life. As revealed in her book Read Between the Lines: From the Diary of a Teenage Mom, Janelle would shoot doses of heroin nearly 4 to 5 times on a daily basis. According to her, the drug not only dissolved relationships with her family and her son Jace but also nearly destroyed her life. Sometime later, Janelle sought treatment at a clinic in New Jersey and rekindled the bond with her mother.

Always remember that dangerous substances like heroin do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Out counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

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