Why Choose Heroin Addiction Treatment?
Heroin in the USA has become a national epidemic. That is why heroin addiction treatment centers have become the main focus in addiction treatment. From 2014 to 2015, deaths due to heroin overdoses increased by 20.6%, with about 13,000 people dying in 2015 according to the CDC. The amount of deaths due to heroin from 2002 until 2015 is astronomical. Heroin is an extremely dirty and dangerous drug. Heroin is a very addictive drug due to the direct injection into the bloodstream. By shooting up this harmful drug, it will make the user grow a strong dependency to it.
Heroin users may experience many different behavioral issues. Here are some signs of heroin abuse you can look for; lying or other deceptive behavior, weight loss, sleeping more than normal, sudden decrease in performance in work or school, increase slurred or distorted speech, lack of interest in activities and hobbies, and wearing long-sleeved clothing to hide needle marks. The long-term damage of abusing heroin includes:
- Compulsive feelings to scratch or pick at sick
- Cuts, bruises, and scabs
- Rapid weight loss
- Loss of menstrual cycle in women (amenorrhea)
- Bad teeth
- The weakening of the immune system
- Needle track marks
- Transferrable diseases spread through the use of shared needles (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C)
The individual who is going to be entering into a heroin addiction treatment facility must first understand and admit that they have an addiction problem and that it is not only affecting them but the others around them. Once our addiction specialists find the proper treatment facility for them, the next step is the detoxification of the body. The purpose of the detox process is to relieve bodies dependency of the heroin addiction.
While detoxing off of heroin, the longer someone abused the drug factors into how severe their withdrawal symptoms may be. Vomiting, muscle and bone pain, sweating, and shaking are just some of the withdrawal symptoms. Heroin abusers should never just stop abruptly or go “cold turkey” without medical staff around to help maintain and keep them safe. There are 5 detoxification methods that are recommended while seeking sobriety.
- Medical Detoxification: Some users might need to be supervised by a medical physician. After years of heavily using and developing an addiction, stopping can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. Going to an inpatient heroin addiction treatment facility allows them to be monitored 24/7 and have a medical staff who can prescribe proper medication as needed while suffering from withdrawals.
- Rapid Detoxification: In the rapid detoxification procedure, the patient goes under general anesthesia. While the patient is asleep, they will be administered injections of opioid blockers. These blockers stop the action of the opiates that are still in the body. You will also receive other medical medication that helps ease the body of withdrawal symptoms. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on their past addiction habits. This treatment usually takes place in an inpatient addiction treatment facility or an intensive care unit of a hospital.
- Stepped Rapid Detoxification: This process is another alternative to rapid detoxification. During this process, small doses of Narcan are injected just under the skin. This is used to help fight off the opiate addiction. You will also be receiving Naltrexone orally every hour or so which helps reverse the side effects of opioids. This is a slower process compared to the rapid process and has less of a need for pain medication and withdrawal management medications.
- Ultra-Rapid Detoxification: This method of detox is the fastest process of detoxification. This process takes anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. It is not a cost-effective approach and is known to be a very painful process. The patient is put under general anesthesia during the process. They are then given a drug called Naltrexone that is directly injected into your body. Naltrexone blocks all of the patient’s endorphin receptors. This helps quicken the detox process. There is a significant medical risk with this process. This process must be conducted in a medically approved facility.
- Methadone Detoxification: The most common and controversial method of detoxification of heroin is the use of Methadone. Taking doses of Methadone, help aid and relieve pain the patient experiences during this process. The dosage amount will decrease to eventually 0 over approximately 21 days. They will still feel very uncomfortable during this process and withdrawal symptoms will occur.
Once their body goes through the detoxification process and rids all the toxins and opioids from their body, treatment then shifts to the individual emotional dependence. At the heroin addiction treatment facility, they offer various types of therapy sessions. One that is very effective in the beginning is one-on-one therapy sessions. By going to one-on-one sessions, the therapist can analyze what they think to be factors and behaviors that led to their past addiction. The therapy session is used to get the patient in a better mindset while on the journey to recovery.
Once they complete their heroin addiction treatment, their battle does not stop there. Each day they are going to be tested, but they have to use the tools and techniques they learned to help stay sober. Aftercare options include: surrounding yourself with sober friends, finding a sober coach, and finding a support group like NA or narcotics anonymous. It is good to surround yourself with others who need the support. It’s a safe place to vent and gain support while going through the journey to sobriety.
If you or somebody you love are struggling or showing signs of addiction to heroin or other drugs, please call us at 888-374-3252. Our experienced addiction specialists are here, 24/7 ready to take your confidential phone call and begin your journey to sobriety.