Heroin is an extremely deadly drug that has played a large role in the nationwide opioid epidemic. Opioids are responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths each year according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Thankfully, there are treatment options available today that can save the life of you or a loved one struggling with heroin use.
Treatment for heroin addiction usually begins with detox and is followed up with therapy and counseling to help treat the underlying issues that led to addiction. There are countless treatment options available for heroin addiction and at the Haven Detox, we create individualized treatment plans for each patient we treat.
About Heroin Addiction and Treatment
People become addicted to heroin because they enjoy the euphoric and sedative effects it causes. As people continue to use heroin regularly, they build a tolerance. This means that they must use more of the drug to achieve the desired effect.
As time goes on, and tolerance increases, people build a strong chemical and physical dependence to the drug. The increased tolerance also increases the risk of overdose, as people continue to use more and more heroin. Prolonged heroin use also has a laundry list of negative health effects. It is common for people to need intensive medical care during the detox process, and for some time after to stabilize their medical condition.
Most substance abuse treatment begins with a detoxification process. This is due to the strong withdrawal symptoms heroin causes when stopping use. Breaking this chemical dependence and overcoming withdrawal symptoms are a critical part of an effective treatment plan.
The chemical dependence to heroin is what makes it so difficult for people to stop using on their own. Some people try to stop using heroin at home, but they experience severe withdrawal symptoms and sometimes unbearable cravings. Attempting to go through withdrawal at home is dangerous, and risks include loss of consciousness and other health concerns.
A safe medical detox is an important step in the treatment process for multiple reasons. While in detox, medical supervision is provided 24/7, while medications and other treatments are used to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Common treatments while in detox include:
- Medication Assisted Detox: Medications like subutex and suboxone are utilized to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and cravings
- Behavioral Therapy: After the detox process is safely underway, patients can begin behavioral therapy. Evidence based therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy are utilized
- Holistic Treatments: Massage therapy, yoga and other holistic techniques can also be used at this time
Most people find that they feel much better after the detox process. While some mild withdrawal symptoms may still be experienced after detox, they are much more manageable. It is common for people to enter residential care following detox. This inpatient level of care helps offer a safe and structured environment to engage in therapies and treatment.
Additional inpatient care is also valuable for people who do not have a stable home environment. People with underlying mental health issues also benefit from residential treatment as they receive critical therapy and care. Residential is also extremely valuable to those who are at high risk of relapse.
Residential treatment is an inpatient level of care that can range anywhere from a couple of days for stabilization, to multiple weeks. The length of stay is determined by the medical necessity of the patient. At the Haven Detox, we ensure that patients are cared for based on their individual needs.
Residential treatment often includes:
- Continued Behavioral Treatment: We use evidence based therapies to identify thought and behavior patterns that led to addiction. We focus on underlying mental health concerns to treat the whole person.
- Family Therapy: For most people, addiction affects the entire family. We work with the family to help rebuild the relationships that addiction may have negatively impacted.
- Nutritional Guidance: Drugs often cause detrimental damage to the body. Our nutritional professionals help guide people to regain their physical health.
- Group Sessions: We utilize group therapy sessions that help build a support network with peers while identifying relapse prevention methods and more.
- Holistic Treatment: We offer holistic options in combination with our traditional therapeutic approaches. These types of treatment can prove more valuable than some traditional methods depending on the person.
Inpatient treatment is the best and most impactful way to start a successful recovery. Stability, healing, and treatment are the keys to success.
Lower Levels Of Care
Following detox or residential, most people benefit from continued care through outpatient. Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient are the most common outpatient levels of care. The ability to step down to outpatient and engage with responsibilities while still in structured care is almost always beneficial.
Why is Treatment Needed?
Heroin is a powerful opioid and is responsible for countless deaths each year. It creates a strong chemical dependence and it is extremely difficult to get off of without professional help. The risks associated with trying to stop without medical care are high, not to mention it is far more uncomfortable.
Additionally, heroin use causes damage to the body. Malnourishment, constipation, and other conditions may occur. Inpatient care offers the ability to overcome these and other medical issues in a safe environment.
How Long is Treatment?
Most inpatient programs range from 7 days to 60 days, with the ability to continue outpatient care afterwards. However, at the Haven Detox, we take an individualized approach. Our lengths of stay depend on the specific needs of the individual.
Continuing outpatient care following inpatient is always beneficial and recommended. We are strong proponents of utilizing all treatment and support options available to provide the best changes of successful recovery.
Therapies Utilized During Heroin Treatment
Treatment of heroin addiction depends on the individual. However, we utilize a number of evidence based techniques when building a treatment plan.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT is a proven therapy that works by identifying thought patterns that lead to destructive behavior.
- 12-Step Programs: We encourage but do not require participation in 12-step programs. These programs help people build support groups and discuss their addictions in an open environment.
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy: This type of therapy helps reinforce and encourage positive behaviors and thought patterns.
- Contingency Management: This style of therapy uses tangible reinforcement models to encourage positive lifestyle changes that enhance recovery.
Recovery From Addiction
Recovery from addiction is possible. Through inpatient treatment and follow up with outpatient care, long-term recovery is achievable.
If you or a loved one is looking for treatment for heroin addiction or any type of substance use disorder, The Haven Detox is always available to help. Call us 24/7 at 561-328-8627
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