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Orange County
Heroin Rehab

Heroin Addiction Treatment In Orange County

Asana Recovery is an industry-leading residential treatment center located just up the road from the famous Orange County coastline in the beautiful state of California. We specialize in evidence-based treatment programs that are designed by our very own addiction specialists who work to implement individualized programs that address the impact of the devastating symptoms that come with heroin addiction.

The advanced programs implemented in both our inpatient and outpatient treatment centers are directly geared towards helping those struggling with drug addiction, as well as their loved ones. By implementing a specialized approach based on each individual, we also are able to assess for any mental health issues that are often accompanied with an addiction. We have on-site professionals who are able to work closely with those we serve to get to the root of any underlying issues that ultimately led them to begin using heroin. In addressing both the addiction and associated mental health issues we are able to promote optimal outcomes that extend beyond treatment.

Why Do So Many People Start Using Heroin?

Since heroin is synthesized from prescription drugs like morphine, it is among the most addictive substances that can be found around the world today.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that heroin sitting at 78%, is consistently near the top of the list when referencing illicit drugs that have the highest relapse rate. Because of this, those struggling from substance use disorder often find themselves having to return to rehab for further treatment.

How Is Heroin Used?

The two major reasons heroin is used in the United States include the following:

  • Recreational purposes
  • Self-medicating purposes

Research shows the most effective way to treat drug addiction is through specialized programs in both the inpatient and outpatient settings that cater to each individual. It is vital to seek such treatment from a certified drug and alcohol treatment facility like Asana Recovery.

The variety of physical signs can also depend heavily on the method by which the drug is taken.


When the drug is snorted, the nose and nostrils can be damaged. Nosebleeds, loss of sense of smell, trouble swallowing, changes in voice and causing a hole in the nasal septum are a few of the effects from snorting heroin.


When an individual smokes heroin in the long or short-term, the most common side-effect is that the user will start seeing noticeable breathing complications including chronic cough, asthma, COPD and even damage to the white matter of the brain.


The preferred method for users is shooting directly into a vein or muscle in which the scars and track marks become visible at the injection site. This route has the highest risk for mortality. The risk of dangerous infections becomes more significant, as well.

Common Types of Heroin

Heroin is one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs that can be found on the streets today. Because of this, it has proven time and time again to be incredibly challenging for users to quit. In 2016 alone, there were more than 13,000 Americans that died from drug-related complications.

White Powder Heroin

White powder heroin is typically purer than other forms most commonly snorted by users. A majority of this type is smuggled into the United States from South America and Mexico.

Brown Powder Heroin

Brown powder heroin is primarily produced in Mexico and is growing more and more in popularity throughout the United States. Often referred to as “Mexican brown,” experts say this form of heroin is becoming more common because it is more pure than black tar, but still significantly less expensive than white powder heroin.

Black Tar Heroin

Also mainly produced in Mexico, black tar heroin is mostly used by injection and more commonly found on the East Coast and Midwest. Sometimes called Mexican tar or chiva, the darker complexion range from a deep red to brown or black depending on the refining process.

China White Heroin

Originally, china white was referred to as a very pure form of white powder heroin that was developed and smuggled from parts of Southeast Asia. Today, however, china white is a slang term used when referencing heroin that has been mixed with another drug such as fentanyl.

Physical Signs of Heroin Addiction

It is important to keep in mind that not every person who uses heroin will experience the same effects. The user’s size, general health, and route of drug administration can all play a role in how the drug could effect someone’s mind and body.

Short-term Effects

Feelings of nausea often accompany the initial euphoric rush that is experienced after someone takes the drug. With the euphoria of heroin usually only lasting a couple of minutes, hours of perceptible drowsiness can shortly follow. Other noticeable short-term effects may include:

  • Impaired mental functions
  • Intense itching
  • Slow, slurred speech
  • Vomiting

Long-term Effects

With chronic drug use, several visible changes can develop within the user’s brain. As that addiction progresses, the neglect of many primary responsibilities that do not involve drug use becomes more and more noticeable. Some of the more common effects that long-term abuse can cause includes:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Weightloss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Various symptoms of withdrawal
  • Scabs and other marks from intense scratching and picking

In an article published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, suffering from many other severe health complications is a common occurrence for chronic drug users.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and in need of assistance, give us a call today at 949-763-3440 or learn more about us at Asana Recovery. Our trained professionals have helped many kickstart the path to long-term recovery and can help you today.

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