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Heroin addiction is a growing epidemic in the nation, with people slipping into this cycle after using prescription opioid pain relievers, starting with illicit drug abuse for recreational purposes or other introductions to the drug. However you came to this struggle, though, we know that addiction can seem like an impossible opponent to beat. Whether you can believe it wholeheartedly right now or not, hope for a more positive life is a resource in plenty of abundance — you only need to reach out and grasp it. Follow the link to learn more about our therapy programs.

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You don’t need to know which type of treatment is right for you to take a step toward recovery. You only need to admit you’re struggling with a heroin addiction and be ready to put your hope in a new future. Call us today or contact us online to find out more or to schedule an admissions appointment. We’ll listen to your story and provide some feedback about what might be the best step for you to take.

Seeking professional help with drug addiction is a critical step to recovery for most people. This is, in part, because addiction isn’t simply a bad habit you can break with lots of positive thinking and a can-do attitude. When you become addicted to substances like heroin, physical and psychological changes in your body and mind have occurred, and you may need intervention from trained experts to reverse or treat those issues.

Think of addiction like any other chronic disorder, such as diabetes or hereditary high blood pressure. When faced with these types of challenges, people typically seek the assistance of medical providers in managing them. And if the issue becomes an urgent matter, such as blood pressure getting so high a stroke may be imminent, people often visit the emergency room or call their doctor for an urgent appointment.

Calling or contacting Peace Valley Recovery for help with heroin addiction is exactly the same. It’s not an admittance of some failure or weakness on your part; it’s reaching out to a health care provider for help managing a chronic disorder that may have reached an urgent level at this moment in time.

Heroin is an incredibly addictive substance. Even one or two recreational uses of it can be enough to push someone into the trap of addiction, and one reason for this is the intense euphoric high that comes with heroin abuse. The high starts within a few minutes, but it only lasts for a short time. When someone enjoys the high or is seeking it to escape from undesirable environments, life stressors or mental or physical pain, they may immediately start chasing another dose. And that chain of events puts them on the fast track to physical dependency and addiction.

Once someone becomes physically dependent on heroin, withdrawal symptoms conspire to keep them there. Heroin withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and even physically dangerous. They include:

  • Tremors and uncontrollable shaking
  • Excessive sweating
  • Digestive distress that can range from diarrhea to nausea and vomiting
  • An elevated heart rate
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Mood swings and uncontrolled rage
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Troubles with sleep or changes to the sleep cycle

The strength of the withdrawal symptoms depends on factors that include how much heroin someone is using, how often they use, how they ingest heroin regularly and their age and overall health. But the bottom line is that these symptoms are often uncomfortable or frightening enough to drive someone back to heroin abuse.

For many people, the first step in heroin recovery is medically assisted detox. This involves being cared for by doctors and nurses who can prescribe and monitor medication and other clinical treatments to reduce the impact of withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to stay off heroin.

While this process is typically begun in an inpatient environment for utmost safety and comfort, medical interventions can also be used in outpatient treatments. For example, there are medications that are effective for treating heroin addiction because they reduce withdrawal symptoms and/or block the effect of heroin on your brain. That means even if you took heroin, you wouldn’t feel the high, so your motivation to seek heroin may be diminished.

The role therapy plays in a person’s recovery from heroin addiction depends on the individual circumstances. In many cases, outpatient programs such as partial hospitalization are step-downs following residential treatment. They let you begin integrating back into your home or family life while also getting structured support from treatment professionals and recovery peers on a regular basis.

Sometimes, these treatment options may be the preferred first step for recovery. A PHP program lets you benefit from support and therapy every day, delve deeply into root causes, develop new coping skills and see case managers or medical staff for assistance with medications and other parts of your treatment. At the same time, you can return home each evening, which is a potential perk for those who have a supportive home life that can be of benefit to treatment.

Other types of outpatient treatment options, such as ongoing group or individual therapy or participation in a 12-step program, are often appropriate as you continue to return to normal life and work on long-term recovery. Aftercare is critical to success with lifelong sobriety. Just as you wouldn’t stop taking medications or eating a special diet to manage diabetes, you should not stop seeking appropriate levels of professional support to manage your addiction.