Heroin Rehab 101
It is no secret that heroin addiction is on the rise. There is nothing recreational about this life-threatening drug. It creates a near instant addiction that will require experienced help to beat. Many have tried to get clean on their own, only to endure the misery of detox, just to relapse weeks later. Excellent rehab facilities are ready to help those who are serious about getting clean.
How Heroin Addiction Works
Having a basic understanding of how heroin addiction works helps the recovery process make much more sense. There are really at least two distinct aspects of heroin addiction; physical and psychological. There may also be other co-occurring psychological disorders that are contributing to the addiction as well. Successful rehab must identify and treat each aspect of the disease uniquely and thoroughly. The most successful modern treatment facilities do exactly this through various combinations of three main areas of treatment.
Heroin Detoxification Help
Heroin creates a physical addiction by replacing naturally occurring chemicals that regulate pain, anxiety and emotions. Heroin super-stimulates this part of the brain, giving the user an intense euphoric high followed by an extended period of overall well-being. As soon as the drug leaves the user’s system, though, an intense craving will set in. All of the natural “feel good” chemicals are gone, and until they are replenished the addict will experience potentially intense withdrawal symptoms.
The worst of these symptoms may be relieved through a process called Medically Supervised Detox offered at the best treatment centers. Millions of heroin addicts have skipped the detox phase by entering methadone clinics. Methadone satisfies the brain’s need for opiates without giving the user the intoxicating effect. Eventually, however, the person will need to detox from methadone anyway.
Psychological Heroin Rehabilitation
While the detox phase of treatment might take from a few days to a week (depending on the individual and the length and intensity of heroin use,) the process of psychological rehab takes much longer. During the residential rehab phase this process is begun but not nearly completed. A wide variety of therapeutic treatments are available through these facilities. Some of these therapies include the following:
- Individual counseling
- Support group therapy
- Education regarding addiction and recovery
- Introduction to new healthy habits and diversions
- Spiritual care
- Forward thinking treatments like yoga, acupuncture and meditation
The process of psychological rehab is really about re-programming the brain to be able to resist temptation and find satisfaction in new, healthy things. The process continues after residential rehab through outpatient treatment, one-on-one meetings with recovery sponsors and support groups.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Many, if not most, heroin addicts struggle with one or more psychological disorders that may or may not be diagnosed. Dual Diagnosis treatment deals with the addiction and any and all co-occurring disorders. Through careful and diligent analysis the doctors are able to identify any of these disorders and treat them effectively.
Need Help with Heroin Rehabilitation?
If you are taking heroin, you need help. There is no such thing as a casual user. This addiction, if left untreated, will cost you your life. But regardless of where you are in the process, we can help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and our specially trained addiction counselors will gladly answer any questions you may have. We can even help confirm insurance coverage and connect you with the best treatment program for you. Don’t waste another day trapped in heroin addiction. Get your life back. Give us a call. We are ready if you are.