In the short term, heroin offers users feelings of euphoria. These feelings keep users coming back, with every use making it more difficult to feel “normal” without heroin in their systems. Long-term, heroin can lead to collapsed veins, heart infections, renal disease, coma, and death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 10,000 people in the U.S. die of heroin overdoses annually. From 1999 to 2018, there was a more-than six-fold increase in these types of deaths.
We strongly encourage people addicted to heroin to not wait until rock bottom to seek help. While we can accept people at any stage of addiction, we believe that there is no time like the present to seek help. Long-term consequences can worsen the longer use continues.
What is Heroin?
Heroin is an opioid drug, that is made from morphine. Heroin can be a white or brown powder, or a black sticky substance known as black tar heroin.
The severity of heroin withdrawal symptoms makes it difficult for those with heroin dependency to quit. You may have tried several times to overcome your heroin addiction but were stopped short of your body's physical dependency on heroin.
Common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:
Symptoms of heroin withdrawal usually begin within the first 6-12 hours of detox and can be difficult to manage alone. Because heroin withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, we strongly encourage those struggling with dependency on heroin to seek professional help for detox and rehabilitation.
Turning Point in New Jersey has a wide range of opiate rehab programs available to those seeking to end heroin addiction. We have detoxification programs, short-term residential, outpatient treatment, transitional living, family wellness programs, and more! View all of our treatment programs.
Addiction can stop here. Get in touch with Turning Point today to make that goal a reality!
At Turning Point, our CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited drug rehab center provides safe, effective medical detox for heroin addiction. Our program is managed 24 hours a day, seven days a week at our location in Paterson, NJ.
Why medical detox? By using medication to assist your body through detox, we can make the very unpleasant process of purging heroin from your system more comfortable, giving you a better chance at successful recovery.
How long is medical detox? We begin our medical detox before the heroin completely leaves your system and it typically lasts between 5-14 days, depending on the amount of heroin in your system.