Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction Hotline

NuLife Phone Number: 1 (877) 764-1620
National Crisis Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

What is Heroin?

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug that is part of the opioid family. The substance is made from morphine, which is derived from the resin of poppy plants that grow in regions like Mexico and Columbia. It can be found in three different forms: white powder, brown powder, or black tar. It is most commonly injected using a needle, but can also be smoked or sniffed. Initially, heroin users experience a pleasurable high sensation - but these feelings are fleeting. Heroin abuse causes a person to create a physical dependence to the drug, causing the user to suffer intense withdrawal symptoms. Without proper treatment, heroin addiction can result in long-term effects, overdose or loss of life.

Heroin has become a national epidemic

Heroin Overdose

One of the biggest dangers of using opioids is heroin overdose, which can come as the result of several factors. A major factor is when a user ingests too much of the substance, causing their heart and breathing rate to slow, which can be fatal. Another factor that can cause overdose is a relapse from heroin. People who regularly use heroin have become more tolerant to the drug. Therefore, the tolerance of a person who has refrained from using heroin for a time will feel increased effects more suddenly, often resulting in an accidental overdose.

If you, someone you know or family members are experiencing an overdose, call the National Opioid Crisis helpline immediately: 1-800-662-4357

Heroin Use Data

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that around 948,000 Americans used heroin in 2016- a number that has been growing since 2007. It is also reported that there are 9.2 million heroin users world-wide. Heroin addiction trends towards young adults who are 18-25 years old, but can affect anyone at any time or age. It’s no surprise that heroin addiction is a major crisis, with opioid users all over the United States. No longer are heroin addicts located in just urban areas, but rural and suburban communities are also seeing the effects of heroin addiction.

Opiod Use Disorder

Heroin is not the only opioid addiction that is prevalent in the United States. Along with heroin, opioids including prescription painkillers and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl claim more than 115 lives every day. Often, those who start with a prescription to painkillers can fall into heroin addiction due to financial restraints or loss of their prescription. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.

Heroin Damage

There are many medical complications that people can experience from heroin addiction. Using the drug can result in short-term and long-term side effects to the brain and body.

Short-term heroin effects:

  • Respiratory issues
  • Appetite loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Mental clouding

Long-term heroin effects:

  • Respiratory failure
  • Liver damage
  • Lung damage
  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney diseases
  • Shared-needle infections
  • Stroke
  • Overdose

Heroin Withdrawal

When a heroin addict enters rehab, they will go through an initial detox phase. The detox phase will vary for people based on how long they’ve used the drug and how dependent their body and mind are to heroin. There are a variety of symptoms that will come with a person who is withdrawing from heroin use. These symptoms include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills and sweating
  • Cramping
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings

Heroin Treatment Programs


Finding freedom from addiction is possible. At NuLife, it is our goal to become the most effective drug treatment program in the country. We do this by taking a personal approach to a users addiction, offering the best treatment for their personal path. For people struggling with heroin addiction, our inpatient drug rehab program may be the best plan of action for those who need to go through detox. The inpatient program allows people to receive personalized 24/7 care, individual and group therapy sessions, case management, good nutrition, a family liaison, and a positive actionable way to stay sober.

We also offer a virtual treatment option for those who may not be able to make it into our facility. This program makes treatment more accessible, and eliminates the geography barrier by using leading edge technology from the comfort of your own home.

Each path to recovery is different, and it is our goal to help you find which treatment is right for you.

Long Term Recovery

It is incredibly difficult to stop using heroin, and it can be even more of a challenge to stay off of heroin once you’ve been through recovery. However, there are many ways that people can find freedom from heroin addiction, and there are a variety of long term recovery options.

Long term recovery can include outpatient care and sober living. Often users will be transitioning from an inpatient treatment, or it can be the start of their journey. During outpatient care, people find therapy sessions, support, and recovery in a part-time environment. Clinicians and therapists provide support, and people will typically spend several hours a day at the treatment facility, but return to their home or sober living environment at night.

A sober living home is a great way to continue your journey to recovery 30, 60, and even 90 days beyond rehab. Sober living residences provide people with a transition back to everyday life, allowing them to maintain flexibility and support and find a new sense of community.

There is Hope

There is hope. If you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction or opioid addiction, call now and take back control of your life.

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