Find Treatment for Heroin Addiction
There’s hope for you or your loved one fighting a heroin addiction. We are here to help you or a loved one find the treatment you need. Heroin is one of the most difficult addictions to kick. The initial euphoric high that people in active addiction experience is so mind corrupting that heroin abuse is known to take years, if not decades, of their life. It takes the power of their family’s love and the dedication of the user in treatment to overcome the addiction. The heroin epidemic in the United States is serious and growing, thanks to the easy availability of the drug.
Heroin is dangerous, powerful, and incredibly addictive. While it was once seen as a “street” drug, increasing numbers of people are becoming addicted as they switch over from abuse of prescription drugs, hoping for a more intense or prolonged experience. These increases add up to almost 1 million chronic heroin users in the country, with 50,000 people dying each year from heroin abuse.
Individualized treatment is needed for the heroin user to kick this mind-altering substance, rehabilitate both the body and the mind, and start on the journey toward long-lasting recovery. The journey of recovery isn’t a quick one, and finding the right support system to walk with you through detox, rehab, and recovery is vitally important.
An effective treatment center is prepared to walk beside you through the tough parts of recovery, allowing you the time you need to heal, body and soul, and we can help you find the aftercare needed to maintain sobriety and health as you rebuild your life. The moment you decide to take control over your heroin addiction is the moment we are ready to walk you through each step.
How is Heroin Abuse Treated?
When it comes to heroin abuse, there are physical and mental needs of rehabilitation. We can help you find medication assisted treatment to overcome physical withdrawals that many find unbearable. We can help you find a treatment center that takes a holistic approach to treating heroin addiction. These include but are not limited to Individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma therapy, and family therapy.
What's heroin detox like at ABTRS?
At effective treatment centers, medical providers are on site 24/7 to medically supervise all of their patients who are detoxing from heroin or other opioids. In some cases, heroin detox can be seen as an emergency detox. Patients are kept in a safe environment and given medications for comfort. We understand how difficult and scary heroin withdrawal can be. Those we can connect you with work hard to get their patients through it so that they can start on the real work that comes after.
Can heroin detox be done at home?
The reality is that detox from heroin and other opioids is a difficult process to get through. Many have reported being able to get through the first couple of days at home, but without a therapeutic environment and appropriate medication, the chances of relapse are high. Heroin and opioid detox should be done under the care and supervision of both medical and mental health professionals. If you or someone you love is looking to detox from heroin, please give us a call. We will do what we can to help you.
What happens after the detox process?
When clinicians are sure that you have gotten through the detoxification process, you will be moved to another level care. Usually this is partial hospitalization (PHP). In this level of care, you will start participating in an evidence-based educational curriculum and therapy sessions to learn the tools you need to overcome addiction long-term. Detox is just a first part in the process and the next step is healing and learning to live life again in a therapeutic environment.
What if I also struggle from mental health issues?
If you are an active heroin or opioid user who also struggles with mental health, you're not alone. In fact, many people turn to drugs as a way to self-medicate from already present issues of mental health. We can help you find trained clinicians who will examine mental health issues and substance use disorders. Proper diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders is essential to put you on the path to long-term recovery.
What if I'm using several different drugs?
If you are abusing two or more different kinds of drugs, your need to get help is urgent. The combinations of addictive substances can produce overdoses and lead to death. We can help you find treatment for all different types of drug and alcohol addictions. Medical providers and clinicians will take into account the drugs you are using to plan your treatment from detox to outpatient.
How long is rehab?
Rehab stays for addictions range from 30-120 days. It's important to know that the longer the stay, the higher the changes of succeeding long-term in recovery. These 30-120 days will likely give you the chance to live a longer and rewarding life. Thinking towards the future and what needs to happen now to make it the best it can be is essential.
What other types of community recovery programs are available?
We understand the importance of incorporating community recovery programs as a supplement to educational addiction program. 12 Step programs, SMART Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery are often the places where patients find long-term support and community in recovery.
How do I convince someone to go to rehab?
Going to rehab is a difficult decision for anyone to make. If you are looking to get someone you love in treatment, please give us a call. We can help you productively navigate the waters of convincing someone towards treatment. We can also connect you with intervention services.
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Interventions for Opiate-based Pills & Heroin Abuse Addictions
Just about every heroin user needs some kind of assistance in order to stop, due to both the physical challenges of withdrawal and the psychological hold the drug can have over the user’s mind. Because of this, heroin addicts often require intervention by a loved one to stop using heroin and begin treatment.
Because heroin can result in a dangerous overdose with every single use, intervention is especially important. Sometimes the families of heroin users aren’t aware of the critical need to take action to help their loved ones, but without intervention followed by treatment, most heroin users are likely to end up dead or in prison.
Any use of heroin by your loved one is bad enough to warrant professional intervention. Acts that enable a heroin addict to keep using, such as allowing them to live with you rent-free, can ultimately be dangerous to your loved one. At A Better Today Recovery Services, our network of interventionists helps you through the confusion that comes with trying to reach a heroin user and helps you develop an intervention plan that’s the first step toward hope.
Prescription Pills to Heroin: A New Gateway Drug
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, many people who abuse heroin started off by misusing prescription opioids before turning to heroin. Many people believe that the drugs prescribed by a doctor are safer to abuse or experiment with than those they purchase from a drug dealer. The trust they have in their family physician can be misplaced and life altering.
Unfortunately, prescription pills have become a gateway drug for heroin use when people’s tolerance for the opioids increases or they can no longer get a refill; this causes them to want a stronger drug when their body has become dependent on the effects of opiates.
Fully 50 percent of abusers of prescription pills get them from friends or relatives, while 22 percent get them from doctors; when these sources dry up, users often turn to heroin. In fact, almost half of young people start with prescription drugs before using heroin, turning to it because it’s often easier to access than prescription opioids and it’s also less expensive.
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Providing Quality Treatment for Heroin Addictions
Treatment for heroin abuse begins with detoxification. When treatment is individualized for each patient, the treatment is more likely to be successful over the long term. Treatment doesn’t end with detox, however. An extended aftercare program is typically needed to bring the user through recovery and back to a productive life.
Medically assisted detox programs are the most successful. The medications used typically make users feel strong and focused while reducing the cravings for heroin, making it possible to wean the body off this strong drug. Medical professionals determine the right dosage based on how much heroin the patient has used in the past, tapering them off slowly to reduce drug cravings or unpleasant side effects.
Detox and treatment for heroin treatment must be done slowly to give the patient time to adjust both physically and psychologically. After the detox phase is over, patients must deal with the issues that drove them to abuse heroin in the first place, and recovery continues through the aftercare period.
Aftercare is a crucial part of treatment for heroin abuse; those who go through an aftercare program are much more likely to complete their recovery, avoid relapses, and return to a sober and productive life. During aftercare, the patient continues to learn and practice the coping strategies that began during the rehab phase. Aftercare typically takes the form of group counseling, individual therapy or membership in a 12-step program. In many cases, patients take advantage of all these routes to recovery.
Medical Detox For Heroin Abuse
Effective medical detox experts focus on taking the discomfort out of the detox and withdrawal process. We understand that each patient has different needs. Patients can usually choose to either undergo medical detox or social detox. You deserve an effective and realistic addiction treatment plan. Learn More
Different outpatient programs, such as intensive outpatient and evening intensive outpatient programs, can help patients receive treatment while living at home. Connecting you to a safe and therapeutic program is our top priority. Learn More
Residential facilities are the perfect place to start your journey to recovery. At high-quality residential treatment centers, expert clinicians and medical providers assess your needs and provide an individualized plans tailored to your needs. Learn More
A Heroin Addiction Requires Quality Treatment: Explore These Unbiased Sources Before Making a Decision
Realizing that you have a substance abuse problem is nerve wrecking. Many people do not feel comfortable discussing their heroin addiction with their doctor in fear of feeling shame or being thrown in jail. Because of that stigma associated with addiction, finding unbiased information that you can trust in is important to ABTRS.
Making that decision to change your life should come from a place of knowledge. When it comes to substance abuse treatment, you need reliable resources that are unbiased and proven or tested to be effective. Check out the list below to learn more about where ABTRS got their information for this webpage.
NIDA. (2018, June 8). Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/heroin on 2019, February 26
NIDA. (2018, June 7). Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin on 2019, February 26
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 18-4742PT4. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2018.