Heroin is an opioid made from the resin of poppy plants. It is a highly addictive drug first manufactured by the Bayer pharmaceutical company as a treatment for tuberculosis. When used recreationally, it is sought for its euphoric effect.
By the late 1990s, the mortality rate of heroin addicts was estimated to be as high as twenty times greater than the rest of the population and by 2015, the number of people addicted to heroin more than doubled over a decade to 591,000. This is why finding a heroin addiction treatment center in South Jersey is important.
Heroin is sold in a number of forms including white (China white) or brown powder, a black sticky substance (black tar), or solid black chunks. These forms cause different symptoms when smoked, snorted, or injected, but all often lead to a need for a heroin addiction treatment center in South Jersey.
When using heroin, many experience:
- A surge of satisfying feelings (called a “rush”)
- Warmth and relaxation
- Increased confidence
- Pain relief
- A state of euphoria
Dangers & Effects
Unfortunately, our heroin rehab centers know heroin tolerance can develop quickly and increased doses are needed to achieve the same effects. While there are negative short-term effects, there are also negative long-term effects that can cause severe health issues.
Short-term effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Flushing of the skin
- Severe itching
- Mental cloudiness
- Heavy feeling in the arms and/or legs
Long-term effects include:
- Constipation/stomach cramping
- Liver or kidney disease
- Collapsed veins (due to injections)
- Lung complications
- Heart lining and/or valve infections
- Mental disorders (such as depression or anxiety)
Because of the euphoric high heroin causes, many become addicted very quickly and it can become difficult to stop using the drug. Once the body becomes dependent on the drug, withdrawal symptoms can occur if the use stops. Withdrawal symptoms (which often lead individuals to seek heroin treatment) include:
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Sleep issues
- Muscle spasms
- Cold flashes
- Severe muscle and/or bone pain
- Severe cravings
MAT (Medical Assisted Treatment)
If you or someone you know has become dependent on heroin, medication-assisted treatment can help with the recovery process. With professional help, one can rebalance his/her body and eliminate the need for the substance. Some popular medications associated with heroin rehab in NJ include:
At Victory Bay Recovery Center, our heroin addiction treatment center in NJ is developed on an individual basis and include a variety of care levels. We’re here to help your loved one eliminate the need for heroin and get back to being strong and healthy. Our outpatient addiction treatment programs offer counseling, support, medication, and more in a state-of-the-art facility designed for individuals with rehab needs from small to large.