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When you or a loved one are seeking treatment for heroin addiction, it’s important to ensure that the center you choose to recover has an opiate addiction treatment program and offers individualized plans for clients, because the treatment might have worked for their last client might not apply to you. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we have helped countless clients recover from opiate addiction and have treatment options specifically for those dealing with heroin addiction.
Heroin addiction is often the next step for people addicted to prescription painkillers because it is generally cheaper and does not require a prescription, making it easier to obtain. Unfortunately, when an opioid or opiate addiction reaches the point of heroin use, an addiction to heroin can happen quickly due to its high potency. It is not uncommon for a person to develop a heroin addiction after only one or two doses.
Like all drug addictions, heroin can cause negative physical and behavioral symptoms that lower the quality of life for the user and have the potential to derail their relationships and jobs. People who use heroin over time will develop issues like insomnia, abscesses, liver and kidney disease, collapsed veins, mental disorders, sexual dysfunction, and irregular menstrual cycles.
Additionally, people who are addicted to heroin may find it difficult to perform at work or school, which can quickly lead to unemployment or dropping out. This, added to the fact that many people with addictions will spend all their money on the drug, creates financial instability. People with addictions will also withdraw from their relationships.
Some other dangers associated with heroin addiction include:
Overdosing is a life-threatening event that occurs to many people with heroin addictions who use more of the drug in order to get an intense high. When people take too much of the drug, they may experience slowed or stopped breathing, which decreases oxygen flow to the brain and can cause severe mental damage if left untreated. Overdose can lead to coma, permanent brain damage, and in some cases, death. Heroin was responsible for more than 14,000 overdose deaths in the United States in 2019 alone.
People who inject heroin are at risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C if they’re not careful to use sterilized needles. Many people with addiction will use heroin with others and have been known to share needles, which can be especially harmful to one’s health.
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When it comes to treatment, people with heroin addiction typically must first participate in a medically-supervised heroin detox program to flush the substance from their system in a safe and controlled environment. Heroin-addicted individuals often benefit from medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help them decrease their withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings over time. When you undergo MAT, you may be administered medication that can help ease your withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on the severity of your heroin addiction, you may experience the following painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you stop using drugs:
Recovery isn’t complete once you’ve gone through withdrawal, though. Like most drug addictions, heroin addiction requires therapy so you can address the root of your addiction, learn about your triggers, and gain new habits and skills to help prevent relapse down the road. Feeling tempted to use again doesn’t make you a failure – it’s only natural. But when you go through our treatment program at Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, we hope you can leave feeling prepared to overcome any obstacles that threaten your sobriety.
Heroin addiction is extremely serious, and professional help during the treatment phase is critical for preventing relapse and helping patients to create lasting results in their journey. Heroin addiction programs are essential for providing individuals with the support that they need during this difficult time.
Benefits of having professional help during the treatment phase include:
Just like every person is different, so to is everyone’s journey of recovery. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center we realize this, and work with you to take the first step wherever you are on your journey.
Our residential heroin rehab programs incorporate a wide range of evidence-based and holistic therapies, including:
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