Heroin Addiction

Inpatient Heroin Rehab Facilities in the Northeast

Detox from Heroin in Either New Jersey or Massachusetts

Heroin abuse is plaguing the country, and we at Serenity at Summit are ready to do our part to help people in the Northeast detox from heroin and break their harmful addiction. Serenity at Summit boasts two heroin detox facilities along with inpatient and outpatient treatment options for those who need structured guidance during the crucial initial weeks of recovery.

Heroin Abuse Facts and Statistics

A Problem That Can’t Be Ignored

Heroin is a semi-synthetic painkiller that is one of the most recognizable and addictive drugs in the class of opioids.

Here are some troubling stats and facts about the heroin abuse trend that has persisted in the U.S., particularly since the turn of the millennium:

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The rate of annual heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled from 2002 to 2013, as more than 8,200 Americans died of this cause in 2013, according to the CDC.


Led by heroin, opioids account for roughly 20 percent of admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the U.S.


Annually, somewhere between a half-million and 1 million Americans report having used heroin within the last 12 months.


  • Those most at risk of heroin addiction are people who are already addicted to cocaine or prescription opioid painkillers.
  • Non-Hispanic white males between the ages of 18-25 are particularly susceptible to heroin addiction, although more women have fallen victim to such an addiction in recent years.


Traditionally, many heroin addicts did not have insurance or were enrolled in Medicaid. However, more and more privately insured individuals are becoming addicted to heroin.


A person who becomes dependent on heroin is between 6 and 20 times more likely to die than someone in the general population.

The Effects of Heroin on a User

Addiction Often Stems from Using Another Opioid Beforehand

As mentioned before, many heroin users got their start by being prescribed a certain opioid for pain. If the individual had a positive experience with a legal opioid drug, he or she may seek the same effect after the prescription has run out.

Heroin is extracted from an opium poppy and sold on the street as a white or brownish powder that is blended with sugars, starch or powdered milk. The drug is usually injected with a needle, although pure forms of the substance can be snorted or smoked.

The drug causes a surge of dopamine in the brain, making for a pleasurable sensation on first use. However, many symptoms arise, such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Sluggishness
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slowed breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Severe itching
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Heroin is actually the second-most addictive illegal drug behind crack cocaine. Extended heroin use tends to cause a physical dependence on the drug, when withdrawal symptoms arise when not under the influence of the substance. Typical heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Pain in the muscles and bones
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable leg movements
  • Cold flashes and shivers

Continued heroin use can deteriorate the brain’s white matter, affecting the user’s ability to make good decisions, regulate behavior and respond to stressful circumstances. Overdosing on heroin, as you can imagine, carries a high risk of death.

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Heroin Drug Rehabilitation at Serenity at Summit

Get Help Before the Next Overdose

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to heroin addiction, get help before the next overdose at Serenity at Summit, part of one of the country’s emergent drug rehab networks.

Treatment for heroin addiction often necessitates detoxification, and Serenity at Summit offers 24/7 supervision by medical and holistic professionals as part of our inpatient heroin detox program.

Medical heroin detox often takes 5-7 days and is provided at both our Union, NJ or Haverhill, MA facilities.

After completing detox at one of our heroin rehab centers, you have options to either begin inpatient treatment at our Haverhill location or start up an outpatient program at one of four such facilities in our network, all of which are located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Serenity at Summit also offers exceptional aftercare options, designed to make your journey into sobriety a lasting one.

Ready to begin effective detox for heroin, as well as rehabilitation? Call Serenity at Summit and learn about a custom heroin rehab program. Reach us now at 844-326-4514