Heroin Addiction & Detox Treatment

Heroin addiction in NJ leads to roughly ten overdoses a day. We strongly advise individuals struggling with heroin addiction to seek treatment immediately. Our team of dedicated staff members is here to assist you with all of your detox and recovery needs.

About Heroin Addiction

What is Heroin?

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Effects of Heroin on Your Body

After entering the brain, heroin rapidly binds itself to the opioid receptors. Addicts usually report feeling a surge of pleasurable emotion or a rush. The intensity of the rush depends on the quantity of drugs consumed and how rapidly it binds with the opioid receptors present in the brain. With heroin, the thrill is generally followed by a heavy feeling, dry mouth, and warm flushing of the skin.

The prolonged use of heroin will eventually change the structure and functioning of the brain, leading to tolerance and dependence. Physical heroin dependence is when an individual develops the need to continue using the drug to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence occurs when an individual firmly believes that they cannot function without heroin.

Common Street Names for Heroin

Some commonly used street names include Junk, Horse, Smack, Brown Sugar, Dope, H, Skag, Snow, China White, Brown, Beast, Hero, Black, Tar, Heron.

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Signs and Symptoms

Looking for Signs of Heroin Abuse

The rate of individuals consuming heroin in the United States has risen steadily since 2007. There are several common signs that one can look for in a person who is physically dependent on heroin:

  • Irregular breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Periods of hyperactivity followed by exhaustion
  • Small Pupils, regardless of light
  • Drowsiness
  • Long Sleeve Shirts during Summer months
  • Decreased appetite
  • Borrowing or stealing money
  • Poor academic or work performance

If you see signs of drug abuse, it is recommended to seek help from addiction recovery services.

Signs of a Heroin Overdose

A heroin overdose occurs when a person consumes the drug lethally, causing life-threatening effects like death.

The most common symptoms of a heroin overdose are:

  • Shallow breathing (even gasping)
  • Pale skin
  • Blue tint on lips and fingertips
  • Extremely constricted pupils
  • A discolored tongue
  • A weak pulse and low blood pressure
  • Nausea or vomiting

Heroin Effects on the Body

There is no safe level of use of heroin. The drug’s impact depends on a few factors such as a person’s weight, overall health, rate of consumption, and intake method.

For the next three to five hours after use, users usually experience:

  • A “Rush” of Intense pleasure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased breathing and heartbeat

Chronic use can lead to long term health consequences, such as the following:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Collapsed veins
  • Skin infection or abscess
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Severe itching
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • High exposure to HIV
  • Lung infections

In addition to the above risks, long-term use of heroin can change the functioning of a person’s brain. Heroin addiction is challenging to overcome without help. We are here to help you on the road to recovery.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Users begin experiencing withdrawal between 6 and 12 hours after their last dose. Withdrawal from heroin may resemble those of prescription opioids. Because heroin leaves the user’s system faster than painkillers do, withdrawal comes on quicker.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Muscle aches

We help you taper off opioids safely by creating custom treatment plans based on your addiction assessment, medical profile, and needs. We also combine support groups, individual therapy, group therapy, behavioral therapy, and family therapies to assist your recovery.

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