Heroin Addiction Treatment
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What is Heroin?
Heroin, classified as a depressant drug or “downer,” is an opiate. Heroin, like other opiates such as OxyContin, suppresses the central nervous system, which slows the heart rate and respiration, relaxes muscles, decreases coordination, induces sleep, dulls the senses and diminishes pain. The use of opiates can cause nausea, constrict the pupils, and induce constipation. Long term use of opiates can cause psychological and physical dependence and addiction. Heroin is usually smoked, snorted or injected directly into one’s vein for a fast, euphoric high, followed by feelings of contentment, relaxation, and sleepiness. Heroin is notoriously known as one of the most addictive drugs in the world. Heroin addiction rates have steadily risen in the United States for the last decade, fueling what has become known as the “opioid crisis”. While heroin addiction is dangerous and deadly, with inpatient drug treatment users can recover.
Heroin Addiction Treatment Programs
If you suspect someone you know is actively using heroin, Lighthouse Recovery Institute may be able to help! In our Partial Hospitalization or Intensive Outpatient programs, we specialize in comprehensive addiction treatment. We are focusing not just on the heroin addiction itself, but the underlying factors that have led the individual to use the substance or substances in the first place. Patients will begin to understand coping skills to deal with triggers that can lead to relapse in the future. Helping individuals to uncover the underlying issues resulting in their continuous, chronic use of drugs and alcohol is our primary focus.
Patients meet with medical staff weekly for medication management to ensure their mental well being is stable, and work with a variety of additional providers to tend to physical, mental, spiritual, and vocational needs.
Heroin Inpatient Treatment
During inpatient heroin treatment, individuals who have completed a medical detox live at within a heroin rehab center while participating in a recovery program. Learn more about heroin inpatient treatment.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Many individuals seek continued care after residential care and enroll in intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. IOP is ideal for individuals who want to continue heroin addiction treatment and want the flexibility to return to work, school, family or sober living. For more about the benefits of heroin outpatient drug rehab.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many individuals who suffer from heroin addiction also struggle with mental health diagnoses such as depression or anxiety. In our dual diagnosis program, these patients receive treatment for both conditions to provide an optimal foundation for recovery.
Patients in our medication-assisted treatment program for heroin addiction work with our doctor and psychiatrist to create a medication regimen. Patients are treated with anti-craving, non-addictive medications that can help support them in early recovery.
Signs of Heroin Use and Addiction
Symptoms of heroin addiction include uncontrollable cravings and the inability to stop opioid use even though it causes adverse effects on personal and family relationships, finances, or other essential elements of life. Signs that someone has used heroin include shortness of breath, dry mouth, small pupils, disorientation, cycles of alertness and suddenly nodding off, and sudden changes in behavior.
There are also symptoms of heroin use that are not directly related to physical symptoms, such as paraphernalia used to consume heroin. Paraphernalia includes burned silver spoons, needles or syringes not used for other medical purposes, aluminum foil or gum wrappers with burn marks, missing shoelaces which can be used for “tie-offs” (tourniquets) during IV drug use, small plastic bags with white residue, or pipes.
There are some easy to spot behavioral signs of someone using heroin which includes lying, avoiding eye contact, or increased time spent sleeping. Individuals under the influence of heroin may have slurred or incoherent speech, decreased work or school performance or attendance, loss of money, reduced motivation, or loss of friends. Additionally, a user that is injecting heroin and has visible track marks might try to hide them by wearing long sleeves and pants to avoid others seeing needle marks.
Heroin addicts may repeatedly attempt to steal or to borrow money and pay less attention to their hygiene. Long term use of heroin creates a higher risk of overdose, weight loss, infections, runny nose, loss of menstrual cycle, cuts and bruises from skin picking, and more.
Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms
Heroin users feel obliged to continue using it due to the overwhelming physical symptoms that occur when they stop. These withdrawal symptoms can include intense cravings for heroin, profuse sweating, severe muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, cramping, crying, insomnia, chills, cold sweats, diarrhea, fever, and runny nose. Individuals suffering from withdrawal symptoms following long-term heroin use are at risk for serious medical problems, including dehydration caused by excessive loss of fluid. Since cravings are so intense and withdrawal symptoms are so uncomfortable during this period, it is necessary that users seek supervised medical detox when quitting heroin use. Often during the detox process medications such as Ativan, Suboxone or Methadone can be used to alleviate the side effects.
History of Heroin Use
Heroin is derived from the opium plant, which is the base for many opioids such as Percocet and OxyContin. Around 1805, morphine and codeine were isolated from opium and used for medical purposes such as relieving pain caused by injuries, cancer, tetanus, and childbirth. However, morphine was soon recognized as addictive. Heroin was synthesized from morphine in 1874. Initially, heroin was marketed as a non-addictive alternative to morphine. However, it turned out that heroin was highly addictive, and it was eventually classified as an illegal drug in the United States.
How to Identify Heroin and Heroin Use
Heroin is sold in a white or brownish powder form or as a black sticky substance known as “black tar” heroin. Additionally, heroin sold on the streets is mixed, or “cut” with many other materials such as sugar, starch, powdered milk, talc, baking soda, caffeine, cocaine, or quinine. Unfortunately, heroin is also being cut with the deadly substance, Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. This trend has also contributed to the high rates of overdose deaths in the United States.
There are various street names for heroin include black tar, chiva, china white, junk, Mexican brown, skag, and smack.
Heroin will be detected in the body for 2-3 days after use. It’s also important to note that heroin can remain much longer in the systems of long-term, heavy users. This extended period is because prolonged use causes the drug to be stored in fatty tissues that take much longer to be flushed out. When someone is recovering from heroin addiction, drug tests are often used to ensure that the level of the drug in their system is decreasing.
Our Heroin Treatment Center
In our heroin addiction treatment programs, patients meet with therapists weekly for individual sessions and engage intensive group therapy each day. There are a variety of problems available to best meet the needs of every individual that walks through our doors.
Their specific needs and goals determine each’s schedule and treatment protocol. Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, emotional regulation practices, life skills, communication techniques, and various other methods for managing their daily lives free of heroin.
In addition to groups and individual sessions, patients can identify and process trauma, core issues, grief and loss, and other underlying factors that may have contributed to their chronic drug use. Patients also meet with doctors, a nutritionist, brain mapping specialists, and other providers to tend to all their needs during addiction treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Heroin Rehab?
Most private Insurance plans will often cover some or all the cost of heroin rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have specific criteria and medical necessity guidelines for different levels of care. Our staff is available around the clock to assist with obtaining insurance information and authorization. We are dedicated to helping you access the care necessary to recover from heroin addiction.