Schizophrenia and Heroin Use
Scientists cannot reject the possibility that certain drugs may cause schizophrenia. It is difficult for scientists to test this correlation, but on at least one level the relationship is clear: people struggling with psychosis from schizophrenia are at increased risk of heroin addiction. It is also clear that individuals with a family history of schizophrenia should avoid any kind of recreational drug use altogether. This is a dangerous combination with deadly consequences, so do not risk your life any longer by abusing drugs.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Only a medical doctor or psychologist can diagnose a patient with schizophrenia, but the following symptoms may indicate this disorder:
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
There may be several causes of schizophrenia, including biological (hereditary) factors, early childhood abuse and psychological or social factors. Although some people argue that marijuana use increases the likelihood of schizophrenia if someone already has a biological predisposition to it, no such link exists with heroin. However, that doesn’t mean that heroin use is at all safe for schizophrenics. This is still an incredibly addictive drug that will only lead to more problems than it solves.
Self-medicating Schizophrenia with Heroin
Schizophrenia stresses the emotional and cognitive areas of the brain. Heroin provides short-term relief of that stress, but at a very high cost. Psychotic symptoms often increase significantly and schizophrenic heroin addicts struggle to identify reality. Erratic and even dangerous behavior is common among schizophrenics who use heroin. This can involve violence against one’s self or others.
Heroin does not treat the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, but it creates a short bout of euphoria. As tolerance to the drug’s effects builds, users will require higher and more frequent doses to maintain normalcy. Overdose becomes increasingly likely as the disease progresses because people will take higher and more dangerous doses.
Help for Mental Health and Addiction
If you struggle with schizophrenia and heroin abuse please call our toll-free helpline right away. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day to answer your questions and refer you to the most qualified treatment programs available. If someone you know exhibits behaviors that suggest schizophrenia or addiction, we can help you know how to encourage recovery.
Schizophrenia is a serious disorder that is treatable with medication, counseling and rehab. Call today for immediate help before it’s too late. The call is confidential and free, so you have nothing to lose.