Heroin Abuse

Florida heroin drug rehab

Atlantic Shores Hospital in South Florida is ready to help treat individuals struggling with heroin abuse. If you or a loved one is using heroin, exhibiting obsessive drug seeking behavior, developing significant health problems and experiencing symptoms of withdrawal you or your loved one may be addicted to heroin. Call Atlantic Shores today toll free at
888-271-2711 and let us safely overcome your heroin addiction and rebuild your life.

What you need to know about Heroin

Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive drug in the opiate family. It is both the most abused and the most rapidly acting of the opiates. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of certain varieties of poppy plants. It is typically sold as a white or brownish powder or as the black sticky substance known on the streets as “black tar.” Although purer heroin is becoming more common, most street heroin is “cut” with other drugs or with substances such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, or quinine. Street heroin also called Anti-Freeze, Junk, Beast, Boy, Dope, China White, Tar, Smack, Dr. Feel Good, Tigre Blanco, Horse and H can be cut with strychnine or other poisons. Because heroin abusers do not know the actual strength of the drug or its true contents, they are at risk of overdose or death. Heroin also poses special problems because of the transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and other diseases that can occur from sharing needles or other injection equipment.

Heroin is usually injected, sniffed/snorted, or smoked. Mental function is clouded by heroin’s effect on the central nervous system. Cardiac function slows. Breathing is also severely slowed, sometimes to the point of death. Chronic use of heroin leads to serious health problems including collapsed veins, heart lining and valve infections, abscesses, liver disease, tuberculosis, miscarriages, and lung infections.

What are the signs of Heroin Addiction

  • Injections sites and/or infections
  • Scarred and collapsed veins
  • Disorientation, poor mental functioning
  • Constricted pupils
  • Depressed respiration
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abscesses
  • Infection of heart lining and valves
  • Bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valve
  • Arthritis and other rheumatologic problems
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Spontaneous miscarriage
  • Little or no motivation
  • Unkempt appearance, poor hygiene
  • Missing cash and valuables, borrowing or stealing money
  • Change in performance, academic or otherwise
  • Withdrawal from usual friends, activities, or interests
  • Develop an increased tolerance for Heroin
  • Experience withdrawal signs and symptoms when you don’t take it
  • Continue use of Heroin to avoid withdrawal
  • Demonstrate overall loss of control or obsessive-compulsive drug seeking behavior
  • Continued use of Heroin in spite of clearly adverse consequences


What are the signs of Heroin Overdose?

  • Coma
  • Shallow and labored breathing
  • Respiratory death
  • Convulsions
  • Pinpoint Pupils
  • Clammy Skin


What are the withdrawal symptoms for Heroin?

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold flashes
  • Irritability


Withdrawal from Heroin can occur within a few hours after the last time the drug is taken. Most withdrawal symptoms peak between 24 and 48 hours after the last dose of heroin and subside after about a week. Heroin withdrawal can cause death to the fetus of a pregnant addict.

Ideally, heroin detox should be performed in a medically supervised environment to ensure patient safety.

We can help you overcome your addiction to heroine. Call us toll free today at

Atlantic Shores Hospital is licensed and accredited by the following:
  • The Joint Commission
  • State of Florida
  • Department of Children & Families
  • 12-Step Licensed Chemical Dependency Program



If you or someone you know struggles with heroin abuse, please call us for more information about our treatment programs at  954-771-2711 or toll free 888-771-2711.