Heroin Addiction Causes

About Causes of Heroin Addiction:

Heroin addiction causes and is caused by many problems including:

- Grief and loss

- Crime

- Divorce

- Major illness

- Family issues

- Loneliness and isolation

What are the underlying causes of Heroin addiction?

When we take drugs, either for medical purposes or recreation, there is a benefit or reward that we are trying to achieve.

For example pain medication is intended to bring relief to an injured or stressed area of our body. The beginning stages of Heroin addiction causes us to crave more and to use more. The unintended consequences of that is our need to take more and more of the Heroin to get the same result.

Heroin addiction causes the pathways inside the brain to be altered. Physical changes in the nerve cells are brought on by the drug. These cells (neurons) communicate with each other releasing neurotransmitters into the gaps or synapses between the nerve cells. This makes some drugs are more addictive than others.

There are several other factors that contribute to Heroin addiction. We’ll go into greater detail on another page, but for now the major factors are one’s genetic makeup, personality and peer pressure. Again we’ll explain these as we go along.

What Are The Risk Factors?


We are all a product of our parents. If your parents have addiction struggles, chances are you are more susceptible to addiction. That’s why Heroin addiction is more common in some families than in others. If your parents smoke, chances are good you will smoke. If your parents used alcohol, you’ll probably follow and use that Heroin in much the same way. If your father was an alcoholic, you have a predisposition to abusing that drug.

Heroin addiction causes one generation to pass it on to the next.


Aside from the inherited factors, some people have a personality that is more likely to become Heroin dependent.

- People are curious, so that alone can lead a person to try a drug. We experiment and see what happens.

- We are looking to relax and have pleasure.

- We all want to feel good, and we’re by nature impatient. Drugs give us an instant gratification that other things do not, so for that moment or hour of for whatever timeframe, we feel good.

- We want what we want.

- Someone diagnosed with depression, attention deficit disorder, or hyperactivity.

- Maybe there has been some stress, or anxiety in their life. Whatever the case, these are contributing factors.

Even some common personality characteristics, such as aggression, may be a factor. Children who do not have confidence, healthy self-esteem may be prone to turning to drugs to fill the void.

Heroin addiction causes negative changes in personality that can lead to an even more destructive behavior.

Peer Pressure/Social

We're all wired to have relationships, and sometimes those relationships cause us to give in to something we otherwise would avoid in order to maintain the relationship, teens are particularly susceptible to this issue.  Peer pressure is huge and nowhere is this greater than during our teen years.

Ask kids we all want to be cool. It begins as a social action, to take the drugs to be a part of the group, to be accepted. It’s not just teenagers, as peer pressure takes so many different forms. There is social etiquette, for example, to take a drink during a party. “I’m a social drinker.” How many times have you heard that? Some people actually believe that using heroin/ pain pills causes you to be accepted and part of the 'popular' group.

Easy Access

If you want to get drugs, you won’t have to look far because they are everywhere. High school students can tell you this. Heroin addiction causes people to sell drugs to the most vulnerable population, children. It’s not just the stereo typical poor sections of the inner city that serve as the hotbed for drugs. Drugs are found in suburban shopping malls, rural schools, well-to-do private school, on the job in factories, offices and remote job sites.

Race, Ethnicity

We include this heading because we want to stress that there is no data to support any claim that one race of people or any particular cultural group is more prone to Heroin addiction than another. Heroin addiction is a human problem and crosses all boundaries. Heroin addiction causes do not include race.

Loneliness, Depression

We want to feel good physically and emotionally. Sometimes drugs are the substitution for a healthy life experience. The person in pain and they want to numb the pain. The Heroin numbs the pain and for a moment they don’t feel as poorly. The person needs to escape the pain of the life experience, and for a short while, the Heroin takes them away and they feel “better.”


Sometimes people need some help coping with life. Everyday life becomes a struggle and simple things become too much to handle. Drugs are used to deal with it. In the case of addiction, we are not talking about the use of medication, under the care and observation of a doctor. People who have been clinically diagnosed with anxiety can lead a very good life. We’re talking here about people who just need to escape. Their drug of choice facilitates that escape, and right now opiates are often their drug of choice.

Questions about heroin addiction:

I'm only 13 and I'm scared!

by Christi

I'm scared to look at my once pretty face because I know I'll see the monster I act like. My brother died in a car accident in October, I watched my best friend die in that seat. The night of his death I did so much heroin i freaked out the biggest junkie in school.

Pretty soon everyone knew about my problems. I was kicked off the cheer leading squad. My parents did this big old intervention thingy and it helped a little bit, but i relapsed again.

But one night i saw my brother in a dream and he told me he would kick my little ass if i didn't pull my act together really soon. I know its crazy, but it helped, I'm one month sober now and proud of it.

The best advice to someone with an addiction is no matter how sad you are don't turn to drugs because its going to get a hell of a lot scarier if you do drugs.

Good Job!
by: Ned Wicker

Dear Christi,

At 13 you are significantly more vulnerable to becoming opiate addicted because your brain is still developing. Opiate addiction is a disease that attacks the brain and the younger you are the more you need to be careful about addiction.

I am proud of you for being mature enough to see that you had a problem and doing something about it. The 12 Step process talks of a "power greater than ourselves," and your dream about your brother was very powerful and motivating. I am so pleased you have made a good decision.

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8

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