Heroin Addiction Treatment

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Heroin is an extremely dangerous drug that has been increasingly abused over the last decade. Synthesized from morphine, heroin is an opioid drug extracted from the seed of the Asian opium poppy plant. The drug comes in various forms including a white or brown powder; a black and sticky substance; which can be injected, smoked or snorted.

Many Americans addicted to opiates turn to heroin, which is a cheaper alternative to painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 0.2 percent of adults aged 26 or older were current heroin users, which represented 383,000 adults aged 26 or older who were current users of heroin.

 Heroin abuse

 Heroin can be abused in a number of ways such as by injecting, sniffing, snorting or smoking. The drug can also be mixed with crack cocaine, a practice called speedballing.

When injected, heroin bypasses the liver, crossing the blood-brain barrier and in turn, producing strong sensations of euphoria, sedation as well as soothing pain. But, it also causes a number of harmful effects, such as:

  • A loss of motivation in school and work
  • Apathy towards interpersonal relationships and hobbies
  • Lack of attention to hygiene/appearance
  • Constricted pupils
  • Constipation and gastrointestinal cramping
  • Collapsed veins and depressed heart rate/breathing that can lead to death
  • Epidermal and vascular infections
  • Miscarriage
  • Liver, kidney or lung disease

 Chronic use of heroin leads to physical dependence followed by severe withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms can begin as early as a few hours after the last drug administration.

Some of the common heroin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Cold flashes with goose bumps, leading to the phrase “cold turkey”
  • Muscle twisting, leading to the phrase “kicking the habit”
  • Severe craving for the drug during withdrawal, which can precipitate continued abuse and/or relapse
What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Effects of heroin abuse

When heroin enters the brain, it is converted back into morphine, binding molecules on cells known as opioid receptors. These receptors are located in numerous areas of the brain and body, especially those involved in the perception of pain and reward. Opioid receptors are also located in the brain stem, which controls automatic processes critical for life, such as blood pressure, arousal and respiration.

Heroin overdoses frequently suppress breathing, which can affect the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain, a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia can have short- and long-term psychological and neurological effects, including coma and permanent brain damage.

Studies have also depicted some deterioration of the brain’s white matter due to heroin use, which may affect decision-making abilities, the ability to regulate behavior and responses to stressful situations. However, seeking help from heroin rehab centers can halt and even reverse a lot of the damage cause by heroin use.

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Getting help for heroin abuse

Sovereign Health is among the top heroin addiction treatment centers in the country. Our professional experts possess the skills and expertise necessary to effectively offer effective heroin drug rehab.

It is common for many to lie to their family members, health care providers or anyone who tries to stand in the way of their addiction, which, in turn, makes treatment for heroin addicts more difficult than it already is. Thus, at Sovereign Health, we take into consideration all aspects of our patients’ needs and symptoms, understanding the fact that it’s not easy for the patient in heroin addiction recovery.

Treatment for heroin addiction begins with a detox program, and is often followed by medication, maintenance therapy and counseling.

But we continue, where most other heroin detox centers stop. Because heroin also has considerable impact on the brain, our brain wellness programs and cognitive behavioral therapy help restore the brain to its healthy state.

We fully recognize and appreciate all aspects in which addiction takes over one’s life. Since addiction is a brain disease, we ensure that the heroin abuse treatment offered at Sovereign Health is inclusive of medical and psychological rehabilitation.

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Why choose Sovereign Health?

The Sovereign Health Group is a recognizable heroin addiction treatment provider nationwide. We’re known for shaping recovery to fit each patient’s therapeutic rehabilitation needs. Sovereign Health’s heroin addiction treatment centers across the U.S. provide heroin treatment options including monitored detoxification treatment as well as a comprehensive residential treatment that addresses the addiction as well as any underlying mental health disorders. We have our eyes set on the goal of recovery and thus, continue to motivate you throughout your journey, from heroin detox treatment to other components of the plan. We offer:

  • Joint Commission-accredited treatment
  • Evidence-based and holistic therapeutic modalities
  • Tailored treatment programs for each individual
  • Cognitive and brain wellness programs
  • Facilities across the U.S.

Sovereign Health treats addictions, mental health disorders, eating disorders and trauma. Our comprehensive treatment programs address all of a patient’s behavioral health concerns to pave the way to a complete and lasting recovery. Simply put, it’s “A Better Way to a Better Life.”