Heroin use and heroin addiction in Monmouth County are two very different things. Someone who is using on an infrequent basis, like when they’ve first been introduced to the substance, is more likely to be able to stop using since they may not physically depend on the substance yet. 

However, these individuals will often start to develop an addiction to the heroin as they continue using. An individual will cross the line to addiction when the person using the heroin is no longer able to live their everyday life without it just to function normally. 

This is when rehab will become a necessary tool in order to stop the addict from using any further.  

What is Heroin? 

Heroin is a type of opioid drug that is made out of a substance called morphine. It is usually sold as a white powder-like substance that can be mixed with other drugs or other white substances such as sugar or cornstarch in order to stretch the dealer’s stash as far as it will go. 

Heroin is consumed in three different ways: intravenously, smoking, or snorting. While smoking or snorting the substance is very common, the most popular way users take heroin is intravenously, by injecting a needle into veins in their arms and legs. The reason for this is because it provides the quickest and most intense high from the drug. 

How Does Someone Become Addicted? 

Addiction is an illness and a long-lasting brain disorder that occurs when someone is physically and mentally dependent upon a particular substance. When it comes to heroin use, addiction can occur after using on a one-time whim, or it can develop after a series of uses, depending on the person. 

Once heroin addiction in Monmouth County starts, it is very likely for the addict to get wrapped up in a never-ending cycle of usage.  

Because heroin produces such a rushing, euphoric high that allows the body and mind to relax, this causes it to be an extremely addictive substance. As a result, the user’s brain slowly starts to become rewired to crave the heroin on a daily basis. 

Like many other opioids, heroin also reduces the ability to perceive the feeling of pain. This effect makes it easy for the person using the heroin to avoid any physical or emotional pain they may be going through, which in turn makes them want to continue using the substance for as long as they can despite the consequences. 

Signs, Symptoms, and Long-Term Effects of Heroin Addiction 

Heroin addiction in Monmouth County isn’t always the easiest to spot in its early stages. Things to look out for when considering if someone you know is experiencing heroin addiction in Monmouth County can include: 

  • Shortness of breath 
  • Disorientation 
  • Constricted pupils 
  • Loss of consciousness, in more serious cases 

Finding spoons, gum wrappers, or straws with burn marks, or even needles and syringes, is also a telltale sign of heroin use. 

Behavioral signs are also a large part of indicating heroin addiction. Users often have trouble forming sentences or words, may start to develop deceptive behavior, and may wear long sleeved garments and pants even in warm weather to hide needle marks from injections. 

Long-term effects of heroin addiction in Monmouth County are vast, and the brain is highly affected by the continual use of heroin. 

Opiates are already present in the brain naturally and are used to regulate bodily sensations such as mood stabilization and relieving pain. When heroin, a type of opioid, is present in the body for a long period of time, the opiates it releases overwhelm the brain and take these sensations to an extremely high level. Because of this, an addict becomes unable to live without the opiate release provided by heroin. 

Heroin not only heavily affects your brain, but also the rest of your body. Blood clots are likely to form from long-term usage, causing veins and tissues to collapse. Infection of the lining of the heart can occur, which can lead to many other heart problems. 

The entire body can suffer in general because its regular level of functioning is replaced by a constant “rush” or flood of opiates into the body. 

Factors That Influence Your Chances of Addiction 

There are several factors that influence your chances of becoming addicted to heroin and needing to receive help from Monmouth County heroin addiction. These factors include: 

  1. Genetics and biology. This is the way your body reacts to the substance used. Your genes determine how likely you are to become addicted. A good indication of this is if you have relatives who have a history of substance addiction. 
  2. Drug use at a young age. If you start using drugs at a younger age, your brain and body may not develop correctly and may crave these substances in order to function normally. 
  3. History of mental health problems. People with mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders are more likely to become addicted to substances when taken to “self-medicate”. 
  4. Environmental factors. You can easily become addicted to a substance based on what is going on around you. Addiction is a good “escape” if you feel as if the current situation you are being faced with is too much to handle, or if you are surrounded by others who are using substances. 
  5. Past and present trauma. Traumatic events like neglect as a child, sexual, and physical abuse, and even being a part of a traumatic natural disaster can affect how easily you become addicted to the substance you’re using to cope with these events. 
  6. Peer pressure. The people you surround yourself with have a significant impact on the choices that you make. If they are using drugs and alcohol, you are more likely to become addicted like they are to those substances. 

Treatment for Heroin Addiction 

Some treatment options for those who are ready to overcome their heroin addiction in Monmouth County include our opiate detox to get the process started, as well as family counseling, group therapies, holistic therapies, and other forms of treatment.  

Our programs are all monitored by licensed professionals and have medical supervision as well. They are designed to help the addict overcome their addiction as quickly and painlessly as possible. 

If you or a loved one need more information on starting your road to regaining control of your Monmouth County heroin addiction, please contact us today at (844) 478-6563. Our compassionate team of counselors are standing by 24/7 to take your call. 

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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