Heroin is a highly addictive substance of abuse. It is considered part of the opioid family and, as a result, has a high rate of addiction. Made from morphine, it is regarded as a synthetic opioid that has been illegal in the United States since 1924.
Since it is so highly addictive, getting off of heroin if you are dependent or addicted to it can be difficult and even dangerous. The withdrawal symptoms can be extreme and if not treated properly can lead to significant medical complications. Entering a heroin detox program is the safest way to get off heroin and begin the treatment process.