Paterson, NJ, is beset by a high prevalence of heroin use due to the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.
The rate of opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey increased by over 42% from 2015 to 2016, with the rate of heroin overdose deaths increasing by an almost 9-fold degree from 2010 to 2016.1,2 In Paterson, heroin accounts for 48% of all rehab treatment admissions, while alcohol makes up about 19% of admissions.3
Heroin and opioid dependence are commonly treated using medical detox. Medical detox involves using medications that relieve drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, thereby allowing you to experience a safer, more comfortable withdrawal. Methadone, buprenorphine, and/or naltrexone may be used as part of opioid detox at a drug rehab center.4
Benefits of a professional opioid detox program include: 5
- Withdrawal from opioids under close medical supervision to reduce the risk for complications.
- Using medications that help relieve painful, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
- Resuming normal daily activities (if attending outpatient) while using methadone or buprenorphine to manage symptoms.
- Fully overcoming opioid dependence.
- Reducing your risk for relapse and overdose.
Following medical detox from opioids, it is recommended that you transition into an opioid addiction treatment program, where you can receive individual therapy, group counseling, family therapy, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and aftercare planning. These interventions and services can help you obtain and maintain sobriety in the long run.
If you live in Paterson and need help recovering from alcohol or drug abuse, you can use our rehab directory to find treatment locally or in other states across the country. Paterson rehab centers can help you or a loved one safely overcome heroin and opioid use disorder, as well as substance use disorders for alcohol, cocaine, and any other substance.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Drug Overdose Death Data.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). New Jersey Opioid Summary.
- State of New Jersey. (2016). Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Passaic County.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Medications Used to Treat Opioid Use Disorder.
- World Health Organization. (2009). Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management and Treatment of Drug Dependence in Closed Settings. Withdrawal Management.