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Black Tar Heroin: Dangers and Addiction Risks

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Primarily produced in Mexico, black tar heroin is a form of heroin, a powerfully addictive drug synthesized from the drug morphine. Black tar heroin, like powder-form heroin, is an illicit substance that carries a tremendous risk for addiction. Black heroin is a tar-like substance that is dark and sticky. It can deliver a potent euphoric-like high, but it can also cause overdose.

Overcoming an addiction to any form of heroin is difficult, but with treatment at a high-quality rehab, you can learn how to manage this addiction. Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leading addiction treatment center that offers comprehensive treatment programming, such as drug detox, inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and aftercare. Our clinical team includes licensed addiction specialists who have experience helping individuals who are addicted to black tar heroin as well as other drugs and alcohol. 

Opioid abuse is a leading cause of overdose in the U.S. Since 1999,  more than 450,000 individuals have lost their lives to opioid drugs. As a dangerous opioid, black tar heroin should be avoided. There is no safe dose. Although it may feel overwhelming — even impossible — to kick a heroin habit, it is possible with rehab treatment. At Resurgence, we help clients develop effective strategies for managing their triggers to abuse drugs like black tar heroin. We offer a wide range of therapeutic approaches to ensure we target all areas of a person’s substance use disorder. 

If you are struggling with a heroin addiction or think a loved one is exhibiting the signs and symptoms of heroin use, you can get help at Resurgence. We can evaluate your condition and recommend the ideal course of treatment for you. You can begin your recovery journey by enrolling in substance abuse treatment today. 

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What is Black Tar Heroin?

Black tar heroin is a form of heroin, a dangerous opioid that is synthesized from the opioid morphine. Unlike the white and brown powder forms of heroin, black tar heroin is a dark and sticky, tar-like substance. The drug’s resemblance to roofing tar is what gives it its name. Also, to inject this form of heroin, it must be diluted, so many users will, instead, smoke black tar heroin to achieve its effects. Although black tar heroin is a cruder form of heroin than powder form heroin, it is still just as dangerous. Since the drug is mainly smuggled to the U.S. from Mexico, it remains most popular to the west of the Mississippi River and remains a large law enforcement problem in large cities such as Los Angeles. 

The Immediate Effects of Black Tar Heroin

Black tar heroin produces similar effects to other forms of heroin. Users can expect to experience a euphoric-like high along with effects such as dry mouth, lethargy, flushed skin, and difficulty thinking. Heroin highs can relieve tension, but they can also cause apathy and, of course, come with a high risk of overdose. It only takes a couple of uses for a person to become addicted to any form of heroin. Once addicted to a substance, there is no cure; the only way to manage a drug addiction is with abstinence. 

Long-term Risks of Black Tar Heroin Addiction

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There are various long-term risks of black heroin addiction. The longer a person abuses this drug, the deeper the addiction can become. An addiction to black tar heroin will cause the deterioration of mental and physical health, and the risk of overdose is ever-present. Other long-term risks include the development of lung disease, organ damage, insomnia, abscesses, collapsed veins, damaged bodily tissues, heart infection, erectile dysfunction, and mental illness. If you are concerned about the long-term risks to your mental and physical health because of your addiction to black tar heroin, you should get help at Resurgence. 

Why Black Tar Heroin is Particularly Dangerous

One reason why black tar heroin is especially dangerous is because, often, users underestimate its potency since it is a cruder form of heroin, but the drug’s purity varies considerably. Consequently, there is a serious risk of overdosing on this drug because users ingest too much. Black tar heroin, since it is frequently smoked, can cause serious lung disease. Moreover, the crude additives contained in the sticky tar-like substance can also be toxic to the body, making this drug particularly dangerous and potentially deadly. 

Addiction and Dependency on Black Tar Heroin

A person can become dependent on black tar heroin quickly. When physical dependence escalates to also include mental and behavioral dependence, the person is said to have an addiction. Developing a tolerance to any form of heroin and then dependency can become a full-blown addiction quickly. It’s important to note the signs and symptoms of addiction, which include:

  • Thinking about using the drug routinely.
  • Lying about substance abuse or being secretive about using drugs.
  • Stealing to get money to buy the drug.
  • Using the drug despite its negative effects on finances, health, legal standing, and relationships.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you haven’t used the drug in a certain period of time.

If you experience these signs and symptoms of heroin abuse, you should seek help at Resurgence Behavioral Health as soon as possible. 

Treatment Options for Black Tar Heroin Addiction

You can learn how to manage an addiction to black tar heroin. At Resurgence, our treatment plans feature a strong relapse prevention component. We combine traditional medical therapies with alternative and holistic treatments to offer the most well-rounded support for our clients. Because we offer comprehensive care, we can meet clients wherever they are in their recovery process. While many people addicted to heroin begin their Resurgence programming with medical detox, you can begin with inpatient or outpatient rehab therapy if you’ve been through the detox process elsewhere. You can expect our addiction specialists to customize a treatment program just for you. 

Recovery and Relapse Prevention

After completing formal treatment at our heroin rehab in Los Angeles, many people continue to attend an aftercare program to help them maintain their recovery progress for the long term. Resurgence offers aftercare programming to ensure that clients have access to help as they transition from formal rehab treatment to their independent lives. Some people attend aftercare programming like 12-step programs indefinitely because they help them effectively manage their triggers and prevent relapse. Ongoing support can help with relapse prevention. If you need aftercare, be sure to find out about our programming options.

Legal and Social Consequences of Black Tar Heroin Use

Black tar heroin use is illegal. Although there are legal issues and social stigma that surround heroin abuse, don’t forget how dangerous this substance is to one’s mental and physical health. Overdose is always a risk when it comes to heroin use. Even if an individual survives a drug overdose, there may still be permanent and debilitating damage to one’s health. 

By contacting Resurgence Behavioral Health today, you can get help ending your black tar heroin addiction. Our clinicians also offer medication-assisted treatment and dual diagnosis treatment. You can learn how to manage your addiction effectively with our help. We have helped thousands of people end their heroin dependence, and we can help you, too. Call Resurgence today at 855-458-0050 to begin your recovery journey and start heroin addiction treatment in Los Angeles.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.


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