It is only a matter of time before a drug dealer is working hard to switch his prescription drug customers to much cheaper and more easily manipulated heroin.
Ocean County, New Jersey has experienced a rapid increase in heroin use and heroin addiction, but not everyone is aware of the connections between prescription pain killer use and heroin use. In fact, many of those seeking help with an out of control illegal heroin addiction were previously abusing pain pills before they started using heroin.
Heroin and Painkillers
Heroin is a generic term for chemicals that drug dealers sell to their customers. It is not a pure substance, and no one really knows what is in the heroin sold on the street. The promise is not that it is any specific pure compound, but that it will provide a high similar to what has become known to be heroin. And that is very similar to prescription pain killers.
The chemicals making up drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone, the active ingredients in common painkillers like Percocet and Vicodin, are for all practical purposes "synthetic heroin". The molecules are similar, the effects are basically the same, and the "high" experienced by abusers is similar.
The Shift to Heroin
When someone becomes addicted to prescription pain killers, but cannot obtain enough pills from legitimate sources like doctors, he or she may discover the black market. The "dealer" may be a friend who has "extras" to sell or trade, or it may be someone who knows someone who can get Oxys or Roxys or Vikes or whatever.
The truth is that once an individual in need of help (due to an addiction) starts buying drugs from the black market, that person is in effect buying drugs from drug dealers: the same drug dealers that sell heroin, crack, and other illegal substances.
Dealers Make More Money Selling Heroin
It is only a matter of time before that dealer is working hard to switch the customer to much cheaper and more easily manipulated heroin. The same high is promised. A much lower price is offered. As a physical addiction consumes the individual, all of the forces work to push that person towards heroin.
Eventually, the community suffers the consequences of serious heroin addiction, and the local black market draws new heroin dealers into the community to make money selling heroin to your addicted neighbors, friends, and coworkers.
In many ways heroin addiction is the same as prescription drug addiction - an individual circumstance complicated by a physical addiction, possibly complicated by co-occurring mental and physical disorders that need to be managed at the same time. The most important thing we can do to help is respond with appropriate care at the time someone asks for help with an addiction disorder.
Heroin Addiction Treatment in Ocean County, NJ
The Counseling Center answers the phone 24 hours per day, 7 days a week in order to be there when a call for help comes in. If you need help, or know someone who does, please call (732) 736-6559.
The Counseling Center at Toms River is an outpatient addiction treatment center for adults and adolescents seeking treatment for addiction, alcoholism, and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction and substance use. The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) combines evidence-based, state of the art treatment with 12 Step principles. The IOP is an intense, focused experience designed to enable sober and productive living.
IOP may be recommended for individuals who do not require medically supervised detoxification, and who live within driving distance of the center, and for individuals who have recently completed residential treatment (rehab) and are in the early stages of recovery.
Eligibility for the IOP is based on a clinical assessment. Treatment is individualized, and full information on program options, costs, and schedules will be available after assessment. Now offering Saturday assessments!