Recently, the United States has experienced a heroin epidemic that has been labeled the worst drug crisis in US history. If you or a loved one is suffering from heroin addiction, call us today to speak with a representative committed to your recovery.
Heroin addiction is a serious issue that has negative short-term and long-term effects that are impossible to ignore. Besides deteriorated mental and physical health and financial issues, this addiction ruins relationships with friends and family, ultimately isolating the abuser and worsening the addiction. When you enter a drug treatment center, here are the steps you can expect.
Detoxification is the process of expelling any trace of the drug from your body. This step is not done alone. Safely giving yourself the opportunity to receive a fresh start will be your strongest asset when moving towards recovery. With medical supervision at a drug treatment center, patients are walked through their withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from heroin addiction emerge within the first few hours or days of sobriety and can last for several months. Some of these symptoms include:
- Shaking and Sweating
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Anxiety and Restlessness
- Stomach Cramps and Diarrhea
Rehabilitation takes place after patients complete their detox process. Now one can move forward to a more focused rehab program to help combat the cravings and unhealthy patterns of past living with heroin addiction. Each individual’s needs are a large part in selecting the methods of therapy that they wish to utilize to aid the journey to recovery. Popular options include holistic methods—practices that integrate conventional therapies that focus on the healing of the whole person (body, mind and spirit). Other popular paths include 12-step programs (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous but for heroin addiction) and behavior therapy at a drug treatment center focused on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the patient. Programs like these may last anywhere from 30 days to a year based on your individual needs.
Maintenance is a lifelong responsibility after taking the necessary steps toward sobriety from heroin addiction. This is your active effort to remain abstinent from substance abuse and maintain the sobriety, success, and healthy lifestyle you worked so hard for. This final step does not have to be an individual journey. By joining support groups and inviting the help of your family, you can continue to have a positive support system that continues on the journey with you. Together among peers, family, and friends, you can enjoy the perks of living a longer, happier, healthier life and become a productive and active member of society.
We work with some of the best heroin addiction drug treatment centers in the country and want to help you take this first step towards recovery. Call now at (888) 882-9251 to speak with our trained treatment specialist who can help you find the right one for you.