Heroin Addiction & Detox Treatment

What is Heroin Addiction?

Heroin is produced from the opium poppy, a flower grown in Mexico, Asia, and South America. Heroin is an opioid drug created from morphine obtained from the seed pod of the various poppy plants. It is known by other names like diacetylmorphine and diamorphine. Heroin is considered an illegal drug in the United States since 1924 and is highly addictive.

An estimated 13.5 million people in the world take opioids (opium-like substances), including 9.2 million who use heroin. Heroin belongs to the opiate class of drugs and is used for recreational purposes to get euphoric effects.

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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms, Signs, Detox & Treatment

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 he or she cannot function without heroin.

Common Street names for Heroin

Some commonly used street names for heroin include junk, horse, smack, and brown sugar.

Looking for Signs of Heroin Abuse

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

  • Decreased breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Intense pleasure
  • Impaired mental function
  • Drowsiness
  • The feeling of being in a dream-like state
  • Decreased appetite

Heroin addiction decreases the level of oxygen in the brain called hypoxia. Hypoxia is a medical condition where an individual has short-term and long-term mental effects on the nervous system, including coma and permanent brain damage.

Signs of a Heroin Overdose

A heroin overdose occurs when a person consumes the drug in a lethal amount 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

How do you identify a Heroin Addiction?

There is no pre-decided safe level to use heroin. The drug’s impact depends on many things. It can include a person’s weight, overall health, and check if they have taken it anytime before.

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

  • Intense pleasure
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased breathing and heartbeat

Long-term use of heroin can lead to change in the functioning of a person’s brain. Some of the signs to look out for are the following:

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

Heroin addiction is hard to overcome without help. So reach out to Avatar’s medical professionals to battle Heroin addiction with the best medical detox program.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

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

Common symptoms of withdrawal include:

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

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

How does Heroin Addiction Happen?

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People generally snort, sniff, smoke, or inject heroin into their bodies.
Many individuals mix heroin with crack or cocaine, which is called Speedballing. The most dangerous way to consume heroin is by injecting it, as the chances of overdose and infections are high. Heroin enters the brain rapidly and attaches itself to the opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. Herion appears to be a white or brown powder or a sticky black tar.
A person can easily overdose on heroin. Right after one consumes heroin, one gets a rush of feelings of happiness and euphoria. Heroin lowers down one’s heartbeat and blocks the body from getting responses to pain. There has been an increasing abuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, substances related to the poppy plant.
Data from 2011 showed that an estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids switch to heroin, and about 80 percent of people who used heroin first misused prescription opioids.

Avatar Heroin rehab and Heroin detox center brings the best professional detox treatment process to you. Contact us immediately if you or someone you know needs our help.

Heroin Addiction Treatment in Drug Treatment Centers NJ

An average of 400% rise was seen in the U.S. Heroin consumption rate between 2010 and 2017. The statistic itself reveals that there is a high need for heroin addiction treatment in the country. At Avatar drug rehab center N.J., we provide a range of drug detox treatments and specialty therapies to help patients in the heroin addiction treatment programs, which help with their symptoms and helps them lead an addiction-free life.

Inpatient Detox Treatment

We at Avatar drug treatment facility N.J. follow a customized plan for every individual dependent on heroin by helping them through several detox treatments and specialty therapies that we offer. Detoxification is considered the first step towards a person’s path to recovery.

The patients get to stay at our facility with all the amenities provided to them by our trusted medical professionals. Staying onsite prevents the patients from any distractions whatsoever and also diminishes the potential for relapse. Which helps the person remain in control and not go out looking for heroin and eventually consuming it.

Medication-assisted Detox

We at Avatar have a specified detox treatment provided to the patients. This treatment differs from patient to patient in the sense that it takes into account the level of severity of heroin addiction. There is a combination of medicines like buprenorphine and methadone that decrease cravings and therefore consumption.

Dual Diagnosis

Other than physical consequences, people addicted to heroin also have to face mental health issues like anxiety, depression. To treat this, at Avatar drug rehab center, we have Cognitive Behavioural Therapy through which people pay attention to their thoughts regarding drug use. It helps people cope with anxiety and other triggers.

Aftercare planning

At Avatar, once the rehab is complete, we then conduct aftercare sessions with our patients. Medical professionals at Avatar develop the most suitable and personalized aftercare plans based on patients’ unique needs that essentially aid in combating heroin abuse.

Avatar Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Center accept all major insurances such as Molina, BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, CareFirst, Anthem Health, and more. You can easily verify your insurance coverage. You need not worry even if you don’t have insurance.
Avatar also offers customized flexible self-pay options for all our treatments. For our patients who can not drive to the location, we provide door-to-door pickup and drop services. If our patients require hospitalization during their time at Avatar, we also offer free pick up and drop off for the hospital visits.


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