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Heroin Addiction Rehab Centers

Being addicted to heroin changes your life for the worse very quickly. The best way to never have to go to a heroin treatment center is, of course, to never try heroin. It is extremely addictive, and many people find themselves in a tough situation after using it only a few times. The withdrawal sickness is so painful that addicts can get to a point where they’ll do or say anything to get more. This is why there is so much encouragement for heroin addicts to get help immediately and not let the addiction progress. It is a long process to get completely sober from heroin, but with dedication and commitment to the programs you can be successful in your recovery.

Heroin Treatment

The Stages of Heroin Addiction

Over time, heroin users need more and more of the drug to get the same effect. This is known as increasing tolerance. The method of taking heroin often indicates that a person’s tolerance has increased and they need a more direct way of getting it into their bloodstream to get the same effect.

  • Snorting– People who are snorting heroin may be trying the drug for the first time.
  • Smoking– Smoking heroin has been called freebasing or speedballing. Speedballs are when someone smokes heroin and cocaine together.
  • Injection– Intravenous needle use is the most powerful way to consume any drug. Users of heroin who shoot the drug face not only increased risk of overdose, but exposure to diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.

Medications That Aid in the Heroin Treatment Process

Using various medication therapies, in addition to talk therapy, is common when it comes to treating heroin addiction. Professionals in the drug treatment industry have found that using the medication in the treatment programs for heroin increases retention in the program, decreases relapses. The medications used in the treatment programs are based on the patient’s specific medical needs. Some of the effective medications used are:

  • Methadone – Methadone is probably the most well-known form of replacement medication for heroin. Treatment facilities and drug rehab groups have been giving methadone to addicts who are going through withdrawal symptoms for years.  When taken orally, methadone gives the addict a weaker high while preventing the onslaught of the withdrawal symptoms.
  • Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine is a light opioid that relieves the cravings that often come along with drug addiction. With this medicine therapy, there are no euphoric, or high, feelings produced.
  • Naltrexone – Naltrexone is also an opioid that does not result in physical dependency, unlike the potential that exists in the others.

Effective Behavioral Therapies Has a Big Impact on Heroin Addiction Treatment

For heroin addiction, inpatient therapy is usually recommended, although in some cases outpatient treatment is available. Various approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management have been shown to treat heroin addiction effectively even when the patient has multiple diagnoses.

  • Contingency management– This is when the patient can earn “points” by passing a drug test, and can then use those points to exchange them for items that promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy– This form of therapy is designed to help the patient rethink and modify their expectations and different behaviors that may incite or be relate to the drug usage.

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