Treating heroin addiction involves many forms of behavioral therapy and often a medical detox. At Silver Linings Recovery Center, we offer heroin addiction rehab and treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient rehab and detox therapies.
Due to the heroin withdrawal symptoms and the psychological hold of heroin, an addiction rehab and treatment center proves to be one of the most reliable options. Addiction treatment will set you up for success. Recovery is a lifelong process for anyone battling addiction. So it is best to seek help at a heroin rehab center as soon as possible.
Heroin Addiction Withdrawals And Detox
Heroin addiction detoxification (detox) is usually the first step taken when someone chooses to enter a rehab and treatment program for severe addiction. When someone tries to withdrawal from heroin on their own, the detox is not only dangerous but can be deadly.
Due to this fact alone, it is recommended to detox at a heroin addiction rehab and treatment facility. This is where you will receive round the clock care from a medical team. These individuals are professionally trained to supervise as you safely go through the process of heroin addiction detoxification.
Heroin withdrawal can be not only very painful but can also last for several weeks for the physical aspect of heroin withdrawal. The psychological aspect of heroin addiction is even more long-lasting. That is why it is important not just to choose a rehab and treatment center that offers detox, but also offers a comprehensive treatment plan.
Heroin Addiction Detox Medications
Medically assisted detox is important in helping the client slowly reduce their opioid addiction as well as assisting with reducing cravings and prevention of heroin relapse.
Some heroin addiction detox and withdrawal medications commonly prescribed include but are not limited to:
This type of withdrawal drug is considered a partial opiate agonist that stimulates the same opioid receptors within the brain that are affected by heroin abuse and/or addiction. Buprenorphine can significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms and even cravings whilst still assisting with those that are affected by symptoms of chronic pain.
Brand names of Buprenorphine include Buprenex, Suboxone, and Subutex.
The use of Buprenorphine poses some serious risks for those that might continue the use of heroin while taking this medication. If Buprenorphine and heroin are combined, it places the user at an extremely high risk of acute withdrawal symptoms, including possible overdoses.
This drug can also be highly addictive, hence the need to find the right heroin detox center. Ideally, it’s taken with monitoring by medical professionals. Buprenorphine will help you not only detox from heroin, but do so without all the unnecessary withdrawal symptoms of attempting to quit “cold turkey.”
The brand name for methadone is Dolophine. This type of detox drug is even stronger than buprenorphine but essentially works in the same way. Methadone has its own set of particular risks because it builds up within the body if taken not as prescribed. This means it could quickly lead to an overdose and even death.
Methadone is also highly addictive, so it is only used for short-term heroin detox withdrawal symptoms. However, if taken as directed and with professionals monitoring, it has proven to be more effective on those who end up on a longer-term detox program. Just like Buprenorphine, it also helps to reduce cravings.
This type of withdrawal drug helps prevent heroin from working within the body by preventing it from reaching the opioid receptors in the brain. Its brand names include Vivitrol or Revia.
Naltrexone blocks the physical effects on the body of heroin abuse. Unlike other withdrawal medications, if they do abuse heroin while on this type of detox medication, they will not feel the euphoric effects of the drug.
This type of detox drug is the combination of both naltrexone and Buprenorphine. When these two withdrawal drugs are combined, it relieves pain associated with the heroin withdrawal, but also, it inhibits the effects of heroin.
However, just like the risks of combining methadone and heroin, suboxone will likely cause the user to take higher quantities in an attempt to get high. Ultimately, it can and will lead to a lethal overdose.
Heroin Addiction Therapy Treatments
Heroin addiction therapy is a continuous process. It begins in the first stage of detox and following the client through inpatient, outpatient, and even aftercare treatment.
Once the detox is completed, addiction therapy will increase. This is because the individual will begin to feel some relief from the physical aspects of the addiction. Now the focus of treatment can be more geared to psychological dependence. This is ultimately what caused heroin abuse to start and continue.
Once the client enters into a treatment program, the entire day is focused on learning about the addiction and the effects thereof. This keeps them extremely busy and focused on positive behaviors free of any triggers.
Inpatient addiction rehab programs are designed to fill their day with addiction and behavioral therapy and positive tasks focused on real healing.
Our addiction and behavioral health therapy sessions are either done as individual or as group therapy sessions. Both types of therapy sessions are needed when dealing with heroin addiction. Heroin addicts will isolate and project their problems on to those around them, especially to those closest to them, and often those are the ones that love them the most.
For these very reasons, the combination of individual and group therapy is important because it forces them to not only deal face to face with their personal problems that led to the addiction, but it also teaches them accountability for their negative behaviors.
The differences between individual and group therapy sessions may include but are not limited to:
- Individual Therapy – In individual therapy sessions, the issues are realized and discussed with an individual therapist (sometimes multiple therapists) with the addiction and behavioral therapist(s) listening and responding to the concerns of our client. There is a highly personal nature of the exchange between the client and their therapist(s), which allows a direct and specific focus on the client’s individual needs.
- Group Therapy – In group therapy sessions, clients will interact with other clients and people, including personal and family relationships. Sometimes groups are for those that share similar life experiences or who have also struggled with an addiction to heroin and whereas other group therapy sessions will be with family or other personal relationships that will support the client during rehab and treatment. These therapy sessions are still very highly personal in nature; however, the focus is not solely on the individual and allows for other issues to be addressed outside of their own personal focus.
Heroin Addiction Treatment And Dual Diagnosis
Often, it is said that addiction to drugs (like heroin) and/or alcohol is simply a side effect of an underlying mental health issue (often undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed). Addiction treatment therapy also focuses on co-occurring (dual diagnosis) disorders like depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), just to name a few.
At Silver Linings Recovery Center, we find that a combination of traumatic events (childhood trauma) leads to an individual possibly turning towards drugs or alcohol. This is done to cope with the triggers and stressors of their lives and overall mental health. The most common stressors and triggers are typically physical or sexual abuse or PTSD.
PTSD often stems from experiences that occurred from being in the military services. Individuals who witness death or have near-death experiences or undergo the loss of a loved one can all lead to PTSD.
When you combine mental distress with the use and abuse of any substance, especially like the drug heroin, you create the opportunity for dual diagnosis (co-occurrence) situation.
At our heroin addiction rehab and treatment center, we focus on helping patients with co-occurring conditions using behavioral therapy and other focused treatment methods. Our comprehensive treatment tools help clients to begin the process of overcoming their internal or physical trauma and start the healing process.
When treating a client that requires trauma-informed care, our medical professionals take a unique approach. This is best suited to assist the individual who has experienced major or life-altering trauma.
Not all addiction rehab and treatment centers are designed to treat their clients who need trauma-informed care. However, trauma-informed care and treatment play a very significant part in starting on the road to real recovery and reaching long-lasting sobriety and overall improved mental health and function.
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