Heroin Recovery Programs

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Heroin Rehab Programs

When it comes to substance abuse, addiction, and rehab, the way to approach heroin rehab is very similar to other drugs. The only exception between the two is that withdrawal from heroin lasts significantly longer than the withdrawal associated with other drugs. This makes it much harder to deal with without the help of professional medical staff in a drug rehab center.

Harvard Medical Center reported that heroin produces symptoms that last for about 4 to 6 hrs.; however, withdrawal symptoms can last on for a full week from a single dose. During that week. It’s reasonable to assume someone addicted to heroin would re-use as a means of stopping, just to make the pain stop. Even after the withdrawal process is over, the heroin cravings can also cause people to relapse. 

Drug rehab and recovery programs aid in breaking the cycle of addiction. Drug rehab facilities give people access to medical innovations that alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal and provide access to treatments that will change their lives. Rehab may be an intrusive option however, it really works. 

Heroin rehab facilities deliver clean and safe spaces absent of triggers associated with drug use. 

The Detoxification Process

The initial step to recovery is heroin detoxification. This treatment addresses the physical grip heroin has on those who struggle with addiction. It also addresses the chemical changes that take place in the body. Detoxing from heroin addiction without professional help can be both dangerous and deadly. This is especially true for people who have co-occurring disorders. Detox offers the monitoring and support that individuals need throughout this time. That way they can find sobriety.

There are medications capable of acting as a replacement for heroin, they trick the body into thinking it’s experiencing the drug it is craving. Meds are also good to ease the physical discomforts of withdrawal, like:

  • Watering eyes
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headaches

After successfully completing this program, some would consider a person sober and clean. It’s rather an achievement, but actually it’s just the 1st step in long-term recovery. Completing heroin detox does not mean recovery is over. In reality, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that detox cannot be considered treatment for heroin addiction as is. it’s only considered a suitable therapy when used in conjunction with and followed by comprehensive therapy programs geared to helping people make life changes for long-term recovery.

Using Therapy in Treatment for Heroin Abuse

There are several reasons why individuals initially use heroin and ultimately develop an addiction. For some, it could be a simple case of youthful experimentation. Or, perhaps a way to cope with trauma or stress. For instance, the journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica reports on a study where 63 percent of male users and 51 percent of female users were originally exposed to illicit drugs by a close friend.

Regardless of how the drug use started out, the goal is to become aware of the reason drug use. It’s also important to discover the causes which encourage current use. Those triggers can then be addressed and confronted. It is best for individuals to develop healthy emotional and social coping skills. These skills shouldn’t involve using drugs or alcohol. Also, those in recovery should develop relapse prevention skills. All of these can be attained via:

  • Group therapy sessions
  • Educational classes
  • Alternative therapy treatments
  • One-on-one therapy sessions

Heroin Rehab at Granite Mountain Behavioral Health 

At Granite Mountain Behavioral Health, we deliver a full heroin rehab experience which begins with heroin detox. Our process is supervised by medical professionals. Next, is heroin recovery maintenance and if needed, medication. We expand heroin addiction treatment amid a diverse roster of therapy options. We also provide relapse prevention services to help our clients remain free from addiction.

Contact us at Granite Mountain Behavioral Health today for more information. Do not hesitate to contact us today by calling our compassionate team of professional addiction specialists at (928) 756-0694

References:

https://medlineplus.gov/heroin.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

Article Reviewed by Gregory Struve

Gregory StruveGreg received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006. He trained at one of the top trauma and anxiety treatment centers in the world until 2008, when he became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University. From 2011 to 2016 he directed a program that lead the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time he even made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.