Heroin

Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction Treatment at Promises

Heroin addiction is devastating for the user and his or her loved ones. Relapse rates are high for heroin users, but with evidence-based heroin addiction treatment and dedication to a comprehensive, long-term relapse prevention plan, recovery is possible.

As heroin use has severe withdrawal symptoms (cravings, extreme cramps, nausea, diarrhea, muscle pain/spasms and insomnia), it is vital that individuals have proper drug detox prior to treatment. At Promises, we help clients have a comfortable detox in a safe, compassionate place. Our medical team uses research-backed medications during heroin withdrawal treatment to ease discomfort and anxiety. Once the initial detoxification is complete, clients can begin to focusing on underlying issues that fuel substance abuse.

What to Expect in Heroin Rehab

With the guidance of medical professionals, psychiatrists, therapists and other practitioners, clients address underlying issues like trauma and co-occurring mental health disorders that may have contributed to their heroin use. They participate in individual and group therapy, learn healthy coping skills, and begin attending support groups like the 12 Steps or alternatives to the 12 Steps that can be critical in preventing relapse.

Our programs are personalized to meet clients’ unique needs, but below is an idea of what Promises inpatient heroin addiction treatment may include.

Medical Detox – Our 24/7 medical team monitors clients around the clock to immediately attend to any discomfort. We prescribe research-backed medications to ease withdrawal symptoms and monitor clients’ vital signs to ensure heroin withdrawal treatment is safe, comfortable and effective.

Inpatient Heroin Rehab – After clients complete medical detox, we help them explore a wide range of ways to heal the physical and psychological wounds of addiction. This includes ongoing medical care, such as medication management as well as attention to any trauma and mental health disorders – common issues that occur simultaneously with substance use disorders.

Continuing Care –Clients get support transitioning back into everyday life after treatment. We help them grow stronger and more confident in sobriety through relapse prevention training. We also work with clients and their families to develop an aftercare plan that may include support groups, therapy, physician appointments and alumni meetings.

About Heroin

Heroin is a synthetic opiate derived from morphine and is illegal to manufacture, distribute or possess. Originally intended as a less addictive replacement to morphine, it is nearly four times as addictive and is frequently abused because it creates enormous feelings of comfort and euphoria. Heroin is also a very powerful narcotic and thus habit forming. It can be swallowed or sniffed in powder form, injected intravenously or heated and inhaled (“chasing the dragon”).

After years of decline, heroin abuse is on the rise again in the United States. This rise in heroin addiction is likely because it is getting more difficult to obtain prescription opiates. 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 concomitant rise in dependence as well as ER visits due to overdose.  Doctors have become more circumspect about prescribing opiates for too long a period due to the high risk of addiction in some people.

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

Long-Term Effects of Heroin Use

Heroin is particularly deadly due to the rapid pace at which tolerance develops. The drug acts on the reward center of the brain, releasing – and depleting – neurotransmitters. Users quickly need more and more of it to get the desired result and are at high risk of overdose for unintentionally taking lethal quantities. Frequent heroin users can tolerate dosing that would kill uninitiated users. Many long-term problems with heroin addiction arise from the chosen delivery mechanism of the heroin addict: abscesses, inflammation of the heart and veins, blood poisoning, viral infections such as HIV and hepatitis, and brain damage in a limited number of cases.

Other possible reactions to heroin exposure include disruption of the brain’s ability to process pain signals and a reduction in central nervous system activity that results in substantial changes in normal blood pressure levels and breathing rates. Forms of heroin use include IV (intravenous) injection, injection under the skin (known as “skin popping”), direct nasal inhalation and inhalation of smoke or fumes.

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 suffering from heroin addiction, we can help. Promises drug rehabs provide the specialized medical and psychological care to stop using heroin and rebuild your life.  Call us today: 844-876-5568

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