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Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin Addiction Treatment at Promises

Heroin addiction is devastating for the user and their loved ones. Relapse rates are high for heroin users, but with evidence-based heroin addiction treatment and dedication to a long-term relapse prevention plan, recovery is possible. We’ve seen it happen. We can help. Call Promises treatment center to learn more about how we treat heroin addiction: 844-876-5568

What to Expect in Heroin Rehab

With the guidance of medical and behavioral health professionals, you’ll address underlying issues that contribute to substance abuse. You’ll gain critical relapse prevention skills and adopt a healthier lifestyle. One that’s fulfilling without drugs and alcohol. You’ll participate in individual and group therapy and begin attending support groups like the 12 Steps or alternatives to 12-step programs.

We build a personalized treatment plan around these core components of inpatient rehab:

Medically Assisted Detox

Opioid addicted people experience severe withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking drugs. Common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Cravings
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain/spasms
  • Insomnia
  • Bone aches
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Shakiness
  • Agitation
  • Disorientation
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Flu-like withdrawal symptoms

It’s imperative to undergo drug detox from heroin in a medically assisted setting. Trying to quit heroin “cold turkey” on your own can bring about painful withdrawal symptoms and lead to relapse. Promises’ drug detox is safe and compassionate. Our 24/7 medical team monitors you around the clock to immediately attend to any discomfort. You’ll also detox from alcohol abuse and any other substance misuse as well. We prescribe research-backed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. You’ll undergo drug detox in a comfortable environment. We monitor your vital signs to make sure heroin withdrawal is safe. Medically assisted detox helps prepare you for the next step in heroin addiction treatment. You’re better able to focus in residential treatment without drugs in your system or intense withdrawal symptoms.

Inpatient Heroin Rehab

You’ll address the reasons why you abuse heroin in residential treatment. Working on some of the issues that lead to substance abuse helps prevent use in the future. Some issues that can contribute to substance abuse include:

  • Trauma
  • A co-occurring disorder (i.e., depression or anxiety)
  • Relationship problems stemming from attachment issues
  • Genetics

We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses these issues. Approaches we use to treat substance use disorders may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Relapse prevention for heroin abusers
  • Pharmacological treatment as appropriate
  • Experiential therapies
  • Adventure therapies
  • Trauma therapies

Our treatment center is welcoming and home-like. You’ll enjoy comfortable furnishings, warm decor and welcoming gathering areas. You’ll live alongside peers with similar struggles. Our culinary team prepares meals that are appetizing and well-balanced. You’ll also have ample opportunities for fitness and other self-care activities.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Mental illness and substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand. There’s a strong link between opiate addiction and mental health disorders like depression. Anxiety disorders with addiction to heroin is another common dual diagnosis. That’s why psychiatric care is a critical component of substance abuse treatment. You’ll meet with our psychiatric team to determine if you’re struggling with co-occurring disorders. Prescription drugs like antidepressants may be necessary to ease mental illness symptoms. We’ll follow up with you throughout treatment to gauge improvement and assess side effects. We’ll tweak prescription drug dosage as appropriate.

Continuing Care

Addiction recovery is a lifelong pursuit. Continuing care planning is one of the most important aspects of treatment and recovery. We help you grow stronger and more confident in sobriety through relapse prevention training during heroin rehabilitation. You’ll get support transitioning back into life after inpatient treatment. We connect you to addiction recovery resources that may include:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Sober-living residences
  • 12-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
  • Alternatives to 12-step programs  like Refuge Recovery and SMART Recovery
  • Individual behavior therapy
  • Family therapy or couples counseling
  • Physicians
  • Psychiatrists to manage treatment medications like Suboxone® 

Our connection with you doesn’t end when you leave our treatment center. We have an extensive alumni network and also provide re-intervention services as needed.

Effective Treatments for Heroin Addiction

Some research puts heroin relapse rates at 90%. Heroin addiction is hard to beat, but not impossible. Evidence-based substance abuse treatment and relapse prevention training is critical. Some effective treatment options for heroin addiction include:

Long-Term Inpatient Rehab

Research suggests that attending inpatient rehab longer than 30 days may be necessary in some cases of opioid dependence. In one study, almost 60% of heroin abusers relapsed within one week of treatment.  The majority of these people did not follow up heroin addiction treatment with aftercare. People that follow inpatient treatment with outpatient rehab are less likely to relapse.

A longer stay in inpatient rehab helps provide more distance from triggers. You have more time to repair the significant toll heroin takes on your physical and mental health. It gives you time to practice healthy coping skills. This builds resilience to help you stand strong against urges to use heroin when you leave the treatment center.

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Medication assisted treatment (MATs) are considered the gold standard in heroin abuse treatment by many addiction specialists. When used in combination with behavioral therapy and addiction recovery resources, MATS can greatly reduce relapse rates. Medication assisted therapies for heroin addiction include:

  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone®, Subutex®)
  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol®)
  • Methadone

These prescription drugs work by binding to the same opioid receptors as heroin. This essentially “tricks” the brain into thinking you’re using heroin. This can help prevent powerful heroin cravings. It can also ease withdrawal symptoms. These heroin treatment medications require oversight from a medial professional. You may take buprenorphine and naltrexone on an outpatient treatment basis with oversight from your physician. Methadone requires administration in a licensed methadone clinic. Buprenorphine, naltrexone and methadone should always be taken in conjunction with behavior therapy and addiction recovery support.

Continuing Care

Ongoing diligence to recovery work is essential in overcoming heroin addiction. Successful abstinence from heroin is linked to long-term drug addiction treatment. Relapse prevention steps that should be taken following inpatient treatment may include:

  • Step-down care to outpatient programs
  • Sober-living facilities
  • Support groups like 12-step programs
  • Medication assisted treatment (as deemed appropriate)
  • Healthy self-care practices

Frequently Asked Questions About Heroin

What is heroin?

Heroin is a synthetic opiate derived from morphine. It’s illegal to manufacture, distribute or possess. Heroin was originally intended as a less addictive replacement to morphine. Heroin abusers use it for its feelings of comfort and euphoria. Heroin is also a very powerful narcotic and extremely habit-forming.

How do you take heroin?

People who use heroin usually:

  • Swallow heroin
  • Sniff heroin in a powder form
  • Inject heroin with a needle
  • Heat and inhale heroin (“chasing the dragon”)

How did the opioid epidemic start?

Heroin abuse is on the rise again in the United States. Some people attribute the rise in heroin addiction to opioid prescription drugs. About a decade ago, calls for improved pain management for patients resulted in an increased number of prescriptions written for painkillers such as oxycodone and related opioid drugs. Reports began to surface that there was a rise in opioid dependence as well as ER visits due to heroin overdoses. People were becoming addicted to the prescription drugs. Opioid painkillers were also getting diverted to the streets for illicit use. Doctors have become more cautious about prescribing opiates for longer periods due to the high risk of addiction in some people as well as diversion of the drugs. However, opioid addicted people often use heroin because it’s cheaper and easier to obtain. Public health officials and addiction specialists continue to search for ways to curb the opioid epidemic.

What are street names for heroin?

Heroin is known on the street as:

  • Smack
  • Junk
  • Horse
  • China white
  • Chiva
  • H
  • Tar
  • Black
  • Fix
  • Speed-balling
  • Dope
  • Brown
  • Negra
  • Nod
  • White horse
  • Stuff

Why is heroin so addictive?

Heroin is particularly deadly due to the rapid pace at which tolerance develops. The drug acts on the reward center of the brain. It causes the brain’s neurotransmitters to release large quantities of chemicals that make you feel good. This eventually depletes the neurotransmitters’ reserve.  Heroin abusers quickly need more and more of it to feel high. Eventually, they need to abuse heroin just to feel normal and ward off heroin withdrawal. People who use heroin are at high risk of heroin overdoses for unintentionally taking lethal quantities.

What are the long-term effects of heroin use?

Frequent heroin abusers can tolerate dosing that would kill uninitiated users. Many long-term problems with heroin addiction arise from the chosen delivery method of the heroin addict. These may include:

  • Abscesses
  • Inflammation of the heart and veins
  • Blood poisoning
  • Viral infections such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Disruption of the brain’s ability to process pain signals
  • Reduction in central nervous system activity that results in:
    • Substantial changes in normal blood pressure levels
    • Erratic breathing rates

Does health insurance cover heroin treatment?

Medically assisted heroin detox is typically covered under regular health insurance. If your health insurance includes behavioral health coverage it may greatly reduce the price of heroin addiction treatment. Many insurances have a substance abuse component as well as a residential treatment component. Health insurance may  also cover pharmacological treatments for opioid addiction. For instance, the prescription drug Suboxone may be covered. This is a form of medication-assisted treatment for heroin. If your health insurance does not cover inpatient rehab you may be able to find affordable outpatient rehab. The best way to determine the specifics of insurance coverage for heroin treatment is to call us. Our admissions team will work directly with your health insurance company. We’ll determine what type of substance abuse and mental health treatment you’re eligible for. We’ll estimate any out-of-pocket costs to you. Reach our advisors at: 844-876-5568

Get Evidence-Based Heroin Addiction Treatment

Getting help for heroin use can mean the difference between life and death. If you or a loved one is caught in the grip of heroin addiction, call us today. Promises drug rehab provides the medical and psychological care you need to stop using heroin. Take back your life. Call now: 844-876-5568

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