Heroin Addiction Treatment and Rehab
Heroin is a drug made from raw opium, a substance retrieved from the poppy plant. Individuals suffering from heroin addiction come to rely on the synthetic euphoric feelings created by the drug instead of developing healthy coping mechanisms. This process results in addicts developing strong psychological and emotional attachments to the substance. Heroin is often consumed in powder or liquid form and can be snorted, smoked, or injected. Usually, it’s combined (“cut”), with powders and substances similar to it in consistency – but it can also be combined with powerful chemicals (and even poisons), making it even more dangerous.
Heroin abuse causes physical problems, leading to addicts’ physical health rapidly deteriorating. Additionally, heroin addiction precipitates distress in people’s family, home and work lives. Addiction to heroin is extremely difficult to break, and withdrawal symptoms cause addicts to be very ill.
Heroin addiction depresses the respiratory system, induces vomiting, causes itching, and makes one’s extremities feel heavy. It also clouds mental and cognitive functioning. Withdrawal may begin as soon as a few hours after an addict’s last use. Specific symptoms and their severity are related to the duration, quantity, and frequency of heroin abuse.
The ultimate consequences of addiction extend far beyond the health and happiness of the individual suffering from the addiction. The complicated medical, social, and monetary issues commonly associated with heroin addiction also impact addicts’ families and communities.
Medically Monitored Heroin Detoxification
If you or your loved one are suffering from heroin addiction, your highest chance for attaining lifelong recovery is to seek treatment as early as you can. Typically, the first step is to enter into medically monitored detoxification followed by residential addiction treatment.
During and after detox, patients are given the education and tools to explore means of psychological, emotional, and physical rehabilitation. Medication-assisted treatment is often used to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the withdrawal process. Intense cravings, inability to sleep, irritability, and many more symptoms can be overwhelming for individuals in detox; however, at Bradford Recovery, you will be given 24 hour support and supervision.
After detoxification is complete, continuing with treatment can assist with possible Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS), as well as treating the underlying emotional, spiritual, and psychological issues that occur with heroin addiction.
Bradford Recovery Center is a licensed, fully accredited treatment center for heroin addiction. Our addiction treatment is among the region’s top programs. Contact our admissions department for more information.