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Are you concerned about a loved one who is experiencing a problem with heroin addiction? Are you struggling with heroin addiction yourself? Heroin rehab can help. Heroin is a drug with serious health risks. We are a New Jersey based facility and can help detox and manage withdrawal symptoms to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

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What Is Heroin? 

Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine. It usually comes in powder form unless it is black tar heroin which is a sticky substance. To use the drug, people inject, sniff, snort, or smoke it. It enters the brain quickly and begins to control feelings of pain and pleasure, as well as your heart rate, sleeping, and breathing. 

The initial effect is a “high” or an immediate surge of pleasure, however, there are many short and long-term negative effects. Heroin is extremely addictive and it is easy to over dose on, which can be life-threatening. The more you use it, the more you need it.

At SOBA New Jersey, we can get you the right treatment for heroin addiction and have you on the path toward recovery. 

What to Expect With Heroin Withdrawal

You or your loved one have decided to get on the path to recovery. This is the first and most important step, so be proud of that! Turning your life around and quitting heroin is no easy task. Knowing what to expect is helpful and can prepare you for difficult situations that may arise. 

When someone addicted to heroin stops using, withdrawal symptoms kick in. They can appear as quickly as 6 to 12 hours after the last heroin dose. It may feel like a bad case of the flu with the worst part of it lasting about a week. Each person’s withdrawal symptoms vary based on factors including how long they’ve been using, the method by which they took heroin, any underlying health conditions, and more. Some immediate symptoms you may experience include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Muscle aches

After the initial withdrawal symptoms pass, post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) may kick in. This includes poor sleep, inability to focus, anxiety, depression, fatigue, memory loss, mood swings, and more. These symptoms last between 18-24 months but as the user remains drug-free with proper addiction treatment services, the symptoms slowly begin to disappear. 

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Heroin Rehab & Addiction Treatment Services in NJ

At SOBA New Jersey, we understand that everyone’s path to addiction is different. Our clients’ treatment programs are specially designed with their unique circumstances in mind, we don’t use a cookie-cutter approach. We build our program plans from a combination of treatments best suited for each person.

We offer both inpatient and outpatient services at our treatment center. Due to the excessive withdrawal symptoms and the psychological grip heroin has on its users, working with a facility that has trained professionals usually offers the best chances of a successful recovery.

Heroin Detox

Heroin detox is the first step toward beating heroin addiction. Due to the withdrawal symptoms expected, we highly recommend detoxing with a team of professionals by your side. They can supervise and monitor you to keep you safe and on track throughout the physical and psychological pain. At this point, depending on your situation, doctors may prescribe medication to reduce your discomfort and help the body adjust better. 


Addiction is more than a physical dependence on a substance. Even after detox, when your body is no longer hooked, you can still be at high risk for relapse. There can be a lot of triggers in daily life that may give you a strong urge to use again. With proper therapy as part of a more extensive opioid addiction treatment, you can learn how to manage these triggers and not let them faze you. Therapy also helps tackle the underlying behaviors and any co-occurring disorders that led to abusing heroin in the first place. 

Inpatient Heroin Rehab

Inpatient rehab has proven to be more successful for heroin addicts as it eliminates the outside environment and social factors that make it harder to stay sober. During rehab, patients will have a structured routine with regular therapy, support groups, and activities. Some patients may need more physical help while others may need more psychological help. Because of this, we tailor these routines to best suit each patient’s individual needs. During all this, we also include medically supervised detox to help patients lessen their withdrawal symptoms. Inpatient heroin rehab usually lasts between 30 and 90 days but may last longer in some cases.

Heroin Addiction Medications

Medical management helps patients wean off heroin by reducing their cravings and preventing future use. Some common medications doctors prescribe include:

  • Buprenorphine: A partial opiate that reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms and also helps manage chronic pain. It is often used when experiencing PAWS. It can be habit-forming so it should be used with caution. 
  • Methadone: It is stronger than buprenorphine but also works similarly. Since it is also an opioid, it is possible to get addicted and overdose on it as well if abused. It is most effective for long term medication-assisted therapy.
  • Naltrexone: This medication helps prevent the body from feeling the effects of heroin and doesn’t give users the rush they are craving.  
  • Suboxone: A combination of buprenorphine and naltrexone that helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms but also inhibits the effects of heroin. It can be fatal to take this drug alongside heroin. 
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How to Prevent Relapse

After heroin rehab, ongoing treatment is crucial to staying sober long-term. We recommend regular therapy sessions and joining local support groups like Heroin Anonymous (HA) to stay focused on sobriety and prevent relapse.

Even after inpatient rehab, you should continue some form of aftercare treatment. We advise patients to first enter a Partial Care, or Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), then Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP), and finally standard outpatient (OP). 

As you recover, take note of the following tips to stay on the right path:

  • Don’t stop taking medications until a doctor tells you it is safe to stop.
  • Continue therapy and group sessions to curb temptations.
  • Be careful with new prescriptions especially if they are opiate-based painkillers. 
  • Find sober friends and activities to keep yourself busy, entertained, and clean.

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When someone is dealing with an addiction problem, you can feel helpless but it’s never too late to seek help. No matter the situation, we can guide individuals through recovery and set them on a path to a substance-free life. SOBA New Jersey is one of the best addiction treatment service facilities in New Jersey. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help.

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