Heroin Addiction Treatment

Heroin is a substance that is highly addictive and deadly when consumed. Unlike other substances, where someone can use recreationally, casually, or alongside another substances from time to time with minimal risk, heroin is a drug that once someone starts using it, there is very little chance that he or she will stop due to how potent it is.

Derived directly from morphine, heroin produces sensations of calm, relaxation, and detachment. This specific substance is usually smoked or injected, however when it is used intravenously, the high is more immediate and powerful than when it is smoked. That is why many users inject heroin, as they are looking to get the fastest high possible. Unfortunately, this practice increases a user’s risk of contracting bloodborne diseases like hepatitis and HIV, especially if he or she shares with someone else or uses an old needle to inject the heroin.

In the United States, heroin is one of the most commonly abused addictive substances. Not only is it readily available in nearly every corner or every state, but it is also dirt cheap. Because of its affordability, thousands upon thousands of people have gone from abusing opioid-based prescription painkillers like OxyContin to abusing heroin instead. Current statistics state that just under one million people in America have reported using heroin. This number does not include those who have not reported their use, which is indicative of just how prevalent this type of substance use disorder is.

When someone starts to abuse heroin, he or she immediately exposes him or herself to an insurmountable number of potential physical, mental, social, and emotional consequences that can permanently alter the course of his or her life, if not cause his or her death.

Signs of Heroin Addiction

Anytime someone is abusing a mind-altering substance, he or she will start to behave differently. The more that he or she uses, the more signs of the abuse will show, making it nearly impossible to miss. However, not all heroin addictions start off front and center, as some users find ways to conceal their use for as long as they can.

As previously mentioned, abusing heroin produces feelings of calm, relaxation, and detachment. These effects, paired with nodding off, breathing shallowly, slurred speech, and a general appearance of discoordination can alert someone that an individual is under the influence of heroin. When a user is coming down from being high, he or she can seem sad, depressed, anxious, and fidgety, as his or her focus switches to finding ways to get high again.

Heroin addiction can manifest itself in a variety of different ways. For some people, all areas of their lives become negatively impacted. They might lose their job, become separated from their spouses or significant others, experience legal problems, struggle with their finances, and find themselves living a life that they never imagined for themselves. Others may not experience such significant losses and consequences, however may experience a handful of more minor repercussions.

Several factors go into how much a heroin addiction will impact one’s life, such as how often he or she is using, how much is being used, how potent the heroin is that is being abused, and if he or she is using alongside other substances. Additionally, the presence of mental illnesses or physical health problems can also make a heroin addiction much worse, and vice versa, aiding in further destruction in one’s life.

Outside of the many life circumstances that heroin users can experience, some of the most devastating can be the physical and psychological complications that develop as a result of use. Common physical dangers related to heroin addiction can include:

  • Collapsed veins (when used intravenously)
  • Liver disease
  • Respiratory infections
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart infections
  • Infertility in women

Mentally, heroin addiction can not only agitate a pre-existing mental illness, but it can also trigger the onset of other psychological problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with impulse control
  • Trouble responding to stress

The more severe the heroin addiction, the more signs, symptoms, and consequences the user will experience.

When to Get Help

Heroin addiction can be extremely difficult to hide, and it is likely that if someone is addicted to this opioid, those around him or her are going to know about it. Even if it is known that an addiction to heroin is occurring, it can be hard for loved ones of a user to know when the right time is to pull the trigger and push for him or her to get help. The general rule of thumb when it comes to addiction is that anytime someone’s use is impairing their ability to function in any way, shape, or form, some level of treatment should be obtained.

However, addiction is not always black and white, which is why it is important to be aware of the signs that it is time for the user to get help. These signs include one, some, or all of the following:

  • Being unable to stop using even when he or she wants to
  • Hiding drug use and behaving in a sneaky manner when attempting to use
  • Stealing money, pawning items, robbing others, or engaging in prostitution in order to fund a heroin addiction
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using heroin
  • Feeling unable to function without the use of heroin
  • Spending a large portion of time thinking about heroin (e.g. when to use next, how to get more, where to use, etc.)

Each one of these signs of heroin addiction are serious. Without reaching out for professional help, such as heroin treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, those abusing this deadly substance can continue to pile on consequences and risks to their lives, as well as the lives of those around them.

Heroin Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center

At Taylor Recovery Center, we know that each person who is experiencing a heroin addiction is unique in his or her own treatment needs. Not only do we work together to develop an individualized treatment plan for all patients, but we also offer several different levels of treatment, including residential treatment, partial hospitalization, outpatient treatment, and sober living. Depending on the needs of the patient, he or she may participate in one or more of these programs prior to completing heroin treatment at Taylor Recovery Center.

Since heroin addiction is usually very complex and difficult to put a stop to for most users, treatment is often provided in a residential program, where he or she can live on campus while receiving several different services. Treatment often begins with detox.

Detox

It is common for heroin users to be dependent on this substance, meaning that if they attempt to stop using suddenly, or even decrease how much they are using, they will experience withdrawal symptoms that can be very painful. When in detox at heroin treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, however, patients can be provided medications to help ease the symptoms associated with withdrawal, making this process easier to cope with. Methadone and Suboxone, both prescription opioids proven to be effective in treating opioid addiction, can make this possible when consumed as prescribed. When withdrawal symptoms dissipate and/or become easier to manage independently, patients can move into the next phase of treatment, which is therapy.

Therapy

Therapy serves as the core of heroin treatment at Taylor Recovery Center, because it is through these evidence-based mediums where true growth happens. Recovering heroin users will partake in individual therapy, where they will work privately with a therapist to uncover the most pressing issues that pertain to their heroin addiction and overall wellbeing. In group therapy, patients will come together to address common obstacles and work towards overcoming them with one another. Process groups and 12-Step groups are also conducted with other patients, allowing for everyone to develop a bond of support during this time.

Additional therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential therapy can expand one’s treatment horizons by helping him or her learn how to manage stress, alter negative behaviors, prevent relapse, and discover positive outlets for emotions. Therapy is also beneficial in the sense that it connects the user to trained psychological professionals who can not only help them learn how to manage their own mental health and wellbeing, but also prescribe them any medications deemed appropriate in the treatment of specific mental illnesses (if he or she is diagnosed with one or more). By the time that the patient completes his or her therapy, he or she will have added to his or her foundation in recovery and be prepared to continue to do so in his or her everyday lives.

Get Addiction Treatment Today

If you are struggling with an addiction to heroin, or know someone who is, pick up the phone and call Taylor Recovery Center right now. We understand how complicated it can be to be trapped in a cycle of heroin addiction, and how hopeless it can feel. By contacting us, we can help you get moving in the direction of long-term, successful recovery.

You or your loved one can be in treatment today.

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