Like many places in the U.S., residents of Garfield, New Jersey, see more of their loved ones go into drug rehab for heroin and other opioids than any other substance. Indeed, in Garfield, 62% of treatment admissions list heroin as the primary drug of abuse.1 Also, most people were misusing prescription opioids before starting heroin.2 While you may have seen many articles about opioids and overdose, there is not as much information shared about the dangers and signs of opioid overmedication.
Physical signs of opioid overmedication include very small pupils (called pinpoint pupils), slow heartbeat, low blood pressure, slurred speech, shallow or slow breathing, difficulty waking from sleep, drowsiness or unusual sleepiness, mental confusion, and appearing to be intoxicated. It is important to recognize the signs of overmedication because it often leads to overdose. The following signs are associated with overdose: limpness, vomiting/gurgling sounds, inability to speak, pale face, clammy skin, and blue/purple tint to the fingernails or lips.3
If you recognize that someone is having an episode of overmedication or overdose due to opioid use, contact 911 for immediate assistance.
Having an addiction to opioids can be scary, especially when overdose looms as an ever-present and dangerous consequence. Deciding to seek treatment can be scary too. Browse our substance abuse treatment directory for information about treatment facilities in the Garfield area. You can also look up details about facilities in other parts of New Jersey, neighboring states, or throughout the country.
Boca has helped me find a life worth living today. As an addict, what others might call being ‘responsible’ I call having a life beyond my wildest dreams! Before I came here, I was broken, lost, homeless, and suicidal.. because of this place I now have all the tangible things, but I also have a desire to live, a desire to succeed, and a desire to persevere. All the staff truly cares, it’s not just about a paycheck. The medical team is as professional as it gets. Bo is the man and goes out of his way to make sure we’re okay. I love this place, Boca saved my life!
I was in the treatment facility almost two years ago. I completed and was doing great. Unfortunately I relapsed and was fortunate to get into the program again. Well I messed up and wasn't ready. So unfortunately for me I left. Now I am no longer allowed to seek treatment at Seabrook which is unfortunate for me. It's been almost two years. I would think I would have been forgiven. I'm a addict. But I reached out for help and was told no. I don't understand that. Isn't that what this facility is all about? Helping the addict work on getting clean. I'm killing myself and my mom. I'm lost with no help. I just want you to know I needed a chance and didn't think I would be banned because of a stupid decision on my part to leave. I just want you to know you could be a chance for someone to make it or die. Just wanted to let you know.
The staff actually cares and will go above and beyond to help the clients and their recovery efforts. No APN to give the Vivitrol injection.