Heroin is a drug that comes from the opium poppy, and it is especially important that those addicted seek addiction treatment in NJ. Because of its nature as a depressant, heroin slows the brain and the central nervous system. This potent drug belongs to a group of very strong pain-killers called narcotic analgesics, or opioids, and is extremely dangerous.

How is Heroin used?

Heroin usually comes in powder form and is usually injected, smoked, or snorted. Because it is absorbed into the blood, it acts on the brain very quickly. People who sell heroin often mix or “cut” the powder with other things that look the same. It is difficult to tell what additives are actually in the drug once mixed, but most of these mix-in substances have very unpleasant or harmful effects.

Immediate Effects Can Include:

  • A feeling of euphoria
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Shallow breathing

Long-Term Effects Can Include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Long-term constipation
  • Damaged Vein at injection site (if heroin is injected)
  • Skin abscesses
  • Heart and lung problems
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty getting pregnant (women)
  • Difficulty becoming aroused (men)
  • Death by overdose

Mixing with Other Drugs

You are more likely to overdose if you use heroin at the same time as other drugs, especially alcohol or other tranquilizers, such as Valium or Xanax. Mixing other drugs with heroin can cause other physical effects or mental problems.

Can addiction treatment in NJ help with heroin addiction?

Heroin-related Emergency

If you can’t wake someone up or you are concerned that they may have sustained a head injury from a drug-related fall, call an ambulance immediately. If the person has been mixing heroin with other drugs, it is crucial that paramedics know what they have taken. Paramedics are there to help and generally don’t involve police unless there is a danger to themselves or other people, someone has died, or a theft or violent crime has occurred.

Are You Seeking Addiction Treatment in NJ for Heroin?

At the Discovery Institute, we provide comprehensive treatment, from detox to aftercare, in order to help with recovery from addiction. Our programs include family, individual, and group counseling, as well as dual diagnosis care for patients who need it. If you or someone you know needs help, don’t wait. Contact Discovery today to overcome heroin addiction.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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