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An Introduction to Heroin

Heroin addiction is becoming America’s most devastating epidemic. In 2016, over 15,000 people died from heroin overdoses. Understanding what heroin is and the addiction that can follow is the first step in the process of helping heal those who are suffering.

Heroin is a street drug that comes with of inconsistent purity levels and therefore pose a heightened risk of overdose. The effects of heroin are like  similar to that of morphine and other opioids.

Intense withdrawal symptoms make it difficult for users to resist the urge to relapse even when they want to get clean. That is why a rehab treatment center is the best way to receive help overcoming your addiction.

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Drug Use Before Heroin

Heroin Rehab CentersBecause the effects of heroin mirror other opioids, prescription drug abuse commonly precedes heroin addiction.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin
(including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids first.” (www.drugabuse.gov)

Finding and paying for heroin on the street is easier and cheaper than illegal prescription drugs. Heroin users quickly develop a strong tolerance that requires they use more of the drug to achieve the same high.

This leads to heavy long-term abuse and dangerous situations because of the inconsistent purity levels of heroin found on the street.

Having the aid of professionals along with medical supervision provided in heroin rehabs will give you the best chance of success in overcoming this mental illness.

There are several different types of drug rehab programs available.

Receiving Treatment for Heroin Addiction: Options, Programs, Length

There are many unique options available to someone seeking heroin addiction treatment. The type of drug rehab program chosen should depend on personal circumstances and severity of the addiction.

Those who have experienced an overdose before would be best suited for inpatient drug treatment. Here, a client will reside at a facility for up to 14 days with professional medical supervision available 24/7.

These can  are also be known as residential treatment programs.

A day/night treatment plan may also be necessary if more intensive monitoring and supervision are believed to be necessary to prevent a relapse, or if the patient needs long term care.

There are multiple stages of treatment and care. The length of time it takes for a patient to make it through their own treatment can vary greatly and will depend on how severe their addiction is.

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What Happens in a Residential Rehab Center?

An effective drug rehab program will begin with a full detox period followed by a wide array of different treatment techniques.

We believe every patient is best served with a custom-tailored plan that provides the care and support needed to complete their rehabilitation. This can include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Counseling Sessions
Family Therapy
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Group Discussions
Addiction Education
Activities Encouraging a Sober Lifestyle
Preparation for Transition
12Step Programs
Holistic Approaches

We believe in the principles of honesty, open-mindedness, and compassion to help our patients achieve long-term sobriety. Every patient responds differently to treatment techniques, finding the best approach takes time, supervision, and feedback.

Often there are behavioral disorders that can develop along with heroin addiction. A successful heroin addiction treatment includes both stopping the use of the drug and treating the mental health & wellbeing of the patient.

Aftercare Programs: Heroin Addiction After Rehab & Relapse Prevention

Heroin addiction is a battle that lasts long after the drug rehab treatment ends.

Relapse rates are between 40%-60% for all substance abuse disorders. These relapses can
be extremely dangerous and carry a higher risk of a fatal overdose.

The user often consumes the same amount of the drug as they had before treatment, and their tolerance is dramatically reduced. That is why we offer aftercare program focused on transitioning back into outside life, group support, and relapse prevention.

Our therapy programs offer insight into both addiction and the behavioral disorders caused by substance abuse along with support on the road to overcoming them.

Narcotics anonymous, 12step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous are all groups that play a part in the road to lifelong sobriety. Growing bonds with your family and other loved ones that supported you through your rehab treatment can be helpful once you are outside of your drug rehab facility.

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Success in Rehab: Rates and Statistics from a Top Center

Your best chance to successfully conquer substance abuse is through a professionally run an drug rehab program. But what does success mean?

Determination of success for drug rehabilitation should not be limited to whether or not the patient has relapsed. Just like any medical disease or mental illness, a relapse along the road to recovery is not considered a failure.

In addition to stopping drug abuse, the goal of treatment is to return people to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community.” (www.drugabuse.gov)

Ongoing support after exiting the treatment center plays a major role in increasing your chance of staying sober. Learning how to develop healthy relationships is a crucial part of creating a lifestyle that encourages healthy habits and sober living.

Listen to Stories of Success

Our Alumni Program offers a chance the opportunity for our past, present, and future clients to listen to and share their stories. This program creates unity and a unique support group that all clients can utilize on their path to lasting sobriety.

Taking part in this rehab program provides not just the tools to get sober, but a family to help maintain your sobriety and live a healthy life.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?: With or Without Insurance

We are here to help all those interested in seeking drug rehab treatment achieve long-term sobriety. There are treatment options for everyone.

Most major health care insurance providers are accepted, and we offer private pay options for those who need assistance. Our top concern is providing care and treatment to those suffering from addiction.

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If you or someone you love is suffering from the addiction, there is no reason to delay. Start working on a solution today. Our phones are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff are trained to deal with drug and alcohol problems of any kind, and will recommend the right treatment for you based on your situation. Call now!

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