Heroin is an opioid narcotic made from morphine, a naturally derived substance that comes from opium poppy plants. The illegal drug can come in the form of a white or brown powder, or in the form of a black, sticky substance known as black tar heroin. The drug can be ingested in a variety of ways; it might be injected directly into the bloodstream, sniffed, snorted, or smoked. Some individuals mix heroin with other substances including crack cocaine. Heroin acts similarly to prescription painkillers, reducing feelings of pain and increasing feelings of euphoria. Once heroin enters the brain it binds to opioid receptors, specifically those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling fundamental bodily functions like sleeping, breathing and heart rate. Those who use heroin often report feeling an intense rush of euphoria. Physical symptoms of heroin use include dry mouth, heavy feelings ligaments, intense drowsiness, nausea and vomiting, and compromised cognitive functioning. Long-term effects of heroin use may include collapsed veins, increased risk of blood-borne disease, heart infections, abscesses, and lung complications.
In recent years, heroin use and addiction have destroyed and claimed thousands of lives. New Jersey has been particularly hard hit by what is now known as a nationwide opioid epidemic. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we provide effective, professional clinical care to those struggling with heroin addiction in New Jersey, the Tri-State Area, and the remainder of the country. While overcoming a severe physical and psychological dependence might seem like an insurmountable challenge to those in the throes of active addiction, recovery is always possible with the right tools in place. today to learn more.