Heroin Addiction Treatment

For decades now, heroin use and abuse have been a major problem in the U.S. The ravages of heroin use can still be seen everywhere. It can be seen in the form of drug overdoses and the collateral damage that heroin abuse leaves behind. With all the damage that heroin use has caused, it’s important that people know about heroin addiction treatment.

If you or someone you love is suffering from heroin addiction, it’s important to know what addiction treatment choices are available. There are many different therapy and treatment options available that can help individuals overcome heroin addiction. Grace Land Recovery can help you discover a unique addiction treatment plan that is tailored to you and your individual needs.

Causes of Heroin Use Disorder

Before looking at the causes of heroin use, it’s important to remember that heroin is a highly addictive substance. Therefore, it doesn’t take long for someone to go from heroin dependence to full-blown heroin addiction.

Most people that start to use heroin do so only after having previously used other drugs that are less addictive. This is because many people that chronically use less addictive substances start to develop a tolerance to them. Therefore, the only types of substances that can now get these people high are highly addictive substances like heroin.

In many cases, heroin seems to be the last resort. Once heroin gets a grip on its users though, they become addicted to the substance. The only way to overcome heroin addiction is to attend heroin addiction treatment.

The Effects Heroin Abuse Has on the Brain and Body

As an opiate, heroin has many of the same properties as prescription painkillers. In fact, heroin works by attaching itself to the pain receptors in the brain just as many opioid prescription painkillers do.

By attaching itself to the pain receptors in the brain, heroin has a euphoric, pain-relieving effect on the brain and body. In many ways heroin functions as if it’s prescription painkillers on steroids.

The short-term effects of heroin use include feelings of euphoria and an escape from reality. In the long run though, heroin starts to slowly diminish an individual’s ability to function. In fact, long-term chronic heroin use can cause brain damage.

People that chronically use heroin also increase their tolerance to the substance relatively quickly. As a result, it starts to take more and more heroin to cause chronic heroin users to get high.

As chronic heroin users continue to increase their tolerance to the substance and continue to use more and more heroin, their dependency and level of addiction to heroin only increases. Continuously increasing the amount of heroin that one consumes also increases the chance of experiencing a heroin overdose, or death. The only way to stop this dangerous cycle of heroin abuse is to attend heroin addiction treatment.

Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Abuse

Many of the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse develop quickly and continue to progress. The more severe the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse are, the more severe the heroin addiction.

It’s important to note that the signs and symptoms of heroin abuse are primarily physical or behavioral. With that in mind, here are some of the signs of heroin abuse that are easiest to pick up on:

  • Illicit behavior centered around heroin (Ex: obtaining a DUI due to heroin use or stealing due to heroin use)
  • Problems with personal relationships at home
  • Diminished body function
  • Poor personal appearance
  • Problems at work or school
  • Loss of interest in favorite hobbies
  • Need to increase heroin doses to feel its effects

Signs of Heroin Overdose

Many people have lost their lives to heroin overdose. While heroin overdoses are deadly, they can be managed. The first step to managing a heroin overdose is to quickly pick up on the signs of one.

Some of the signs of heroin overdose include:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Very pale skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Blue tint on lips and fingertips
  • Unresponsiveness to stimuli

If you notice someone showing these signs, call 911 immediately. You should also try to keep the person suffering from a heroin overdose awake. Turning the person that is suffering from a heroin overdose on his or her side can help the individual continue breathing.

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms

Heroin withdrawal symptoms can also be quite severe. Some common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Breathing issues
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Severe cramping
  • Body tremors and convulsions
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Psychosis

Heroin Detox

Those that suffer from heroin addiction almost always need to attend medical detox prior to attending heroin addiction treatment. To ensure that heroin detox is effective, it’s important that it includes a medical staff. That way, if the heroin withdrawal symptoms become too overwhelming, the medical staff will be there to provide medication-assisted treatment.

If your heroin addiction is severe, it might be best to slowly decrease, or taper off, your heroin use while in detox until you reach sobriety. This prevents the body from going into shock when it no longer has the substances it used to depend on.

Heroin Addiction Treatment

Once a person completes heroin detox, heroin addiction treatment and therapy come next.  Heroin addiction therapy provides recovering heroin addicts with the opportunity to work with a therapist on one primary goal. That goal is to figure out why you felt compelled to use a dangerous drug like heroin in the first place.

In finding the root cause of your addiction, your chances of finding effective coping mechanisms for your addiction increase. With the use of coping skills, recovering heroin addicts can manage their addictions in the face of triggers. In other words, coping skills can help recovering individuals to avoid relapse.

Residential Heroin Addiction Treatment

Individuals attending heroin addiction treatment that opt for residential rehab must live in the rehab facility that they’re receiving treatment at. During residential heroin addiction treatment, one should use both individual therapy and group activities such as group therapy to overcome addiction. When not in counseling, residential heroin addiction treatment patients can enjoy the amenities at the rehab facilities that they’re attending addiction treatment at.

Outpatient Heroin Addiction Treatment

If residential treatment doesn’t work for some recovering heroin addicts, they could opt for outpatient treatment and therapy. People that attend outpatient therapy for heroin addiction must report for pre-scheduled therapy appointments at a rehab center. When not attending these pre-scheduled appointments, heroin outpatient addiction treatment patients get to live in their own homes. The amount of time that a recovering heroin addict must invest in individual outpatient therapy for heroin addiction depends on the type of outpatient treatment program that he or she is in.

The options include:

  • General outpatient treatment, which occurs around a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week (approximately 2-4 hours a week).
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment, which occurs several hours a day, a few times a week (approximately 12-20 hours a week).
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) treatment, which occurs around five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week (approximately 30-40 hours a week).

Patients attending each type of outpatient treatment program for heroin addiction should continue to seek out addiction treatment once their treatment programs are over if they still feel as if their sobriety isn’t secure.

Receive Addiction Treatment and Therapy Here at Grace Land Recovery Center

Ultimately, if an individual is abusing heroin, he or she needs to immediately seek help in the form of heroin addiction treatment. For more forms of heroin addiction treatment, or for specialized addiction treatment programs to other substances, contact us here at Grace Land Recovery Center today. We can help you overcome your addiction once and for all.

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Grace Land Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center located in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Our address is 134 Timber Creek Drive Cordova, Tennessee 38018. To visit our treatment center during business hours, feel free to stop by anytime Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. You can also contact us over the phone at 615-785-1137.

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