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Understanding Heroin Abuse

Understanding Heroin Abuse Recovery

Heroin is one of the most destructive and painful addictions that plagues society today. Derived from the potent prescription pain medication, morphine, heroin works by depressing the user’s central nervous system. This central nervous system depression inhibits an individual’s ability to feel pain while simultaneously eliciting feelings of euphoria and overall sense of wellbeing. When consumed, heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier at a rapid pace, bringing about the desired high quickly, making it extremely appealing to users. Further adding to the appeal is the fact that use of this substance causes the onset of immense feelings of relaxation and a pleasant sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. Once this pleasurable high wears off, however, the coming down process and the period of withdrawal that will ensue should continued use be ceased, can be extremely unpleasant, uncomfortable, and, in some instances, life-threatening.

The unpleasant nature of the heroin withdrawal period is one of the main catalysts for why individuals continue to return to their abuse of heroin. Despite having a desire to quit, the painful experience that accompanies the process of doing so can be more than enough to bring individuals back to using heroin. Fortunately, however, there are options for treatment that can help prohibit such painful withdrawal symptoms and ultimately make the process of breaking this deadly habit one that can be accomplished.

Medication assisted treatment is one such method of treatment that can help people battling an addiction to heroin take the first step towards recovery. This form of treatment implements the use of certain medications that were created to help lessen cravings, prevent severe withdrawal symptoms from occurring, and ultimately prohibit the harmful effects that come with prolonged opioid abuse. By using these medications, individuals can discover the clarity of mind necessary to begin their recovery journey.

At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our trained and qualified staff of medical and mental health professionals are available to implement and monitor this effective form of treatment so that men and women who are struggling with an addiction to heroin can regain control of their lives. Here at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we want to help you rediscover the joy of living a happy, healthy, and well-balanced life, free from the grips of an addiction to heroin.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Heroin Abuse at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers

As a network of providers who specialize in supplying outpatient care, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer medication assisted treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are battling an addiction to heroin. The highly skilled and compassionate staff of doctors, nurses, and counselors at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers are dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans that are customized to meet the unique needs of each client who is entrusted into our care. The array of medication assisted treatments and therapeutic services offered at Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers include the following:

Methadone: Considerable amounts of research have outlined the safety and effectiveness of using methadone in the treatment of opioid addictions when used as directed and under the close supervision of qualified healthcare providers. Methadone works by interacting with same receptors in the brain that are activated by heroin or other opioids, but does not produce the same euphoric high that is associated with the use of these substances. This means that clients can take methadone and still go to work, go to school, drive a car, and otherwise participate in the tasks of daily living without being high or experiencing the all-consuming cravings for heroin or the detrimental withdrawal symptoms that occur once heroin use has ceased.

Suboxone: Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in approved medication assisted opioid addiction treatment programs, Suboxone is a medication that works by suppressing heroin cravings and fending off withdrawal symptoms without causing the user to experience a heroin-related high. Suboxone is the brand name of a medication that contains a combination of two substances, buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine provides relief from cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone protects against abuse and overdose.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Like Suboxone, Subutex contains buprenorphine, which provides relief from heroin cravings and withdrawal symptoms without causing the disorienting high that is associated with the substance. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex does not contain naloxone. In many medication assisted treatment programs, clients will begin their treatment by taking Subutex, but will later transition to Suboxone for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: While Subutex, Suboxone, and methadone are all administered orally on a daily basis, Vivitrol was designed to be a longer-lasting medication that is administered once each month via an injection. The primary active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which is a chemical that aids in preventing people from experiencing cravings for their drug of choice while also suppressing the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms associated with heroin withdrawal.

Individual therapy: At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that, in order for medication assisted treatment regimens to be successful in the long-term, therapeutic interventions are also necessary in helping individuals who are struggling with an addiction to heroin. While the medication works to provide mental clarity and cognitive relief by alleviating the physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy can play the crucial role of addressing the psychological, emotional, and behavioral concerns that either led a person to begin using heroin or that have been exacerbated by the heroin use itself. Individual therapy is designed to be a time for clients to meet on a one-to-one basis with a counselor to discuss their progress in the treatment program as well as to address any concerns or issues that may arise.

Group therapy: In addition to the one-to-one sessions that clients have during their individual therapy sessions, Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers also offer group therapy sessions that are designed to provide helpful and supportive interpersonal interactions in a supervised therapeutic environment. By participating in group therapy with other individuals who are struggling with an addiction to heroin or other substance, clients can make great progress in their recovery journey by both receiving and providing personal insights, encouragement, and support from and to their peers. All group therapy sessions are led by counselors who are skilled in providing structured, informative, and empathic sessions that are both safe and productive experiences for all participants.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Heroin Abuse

When individuals are struggling with an addiction to heroin, it can create countless, insurmountable challenges in every aspect of their lives. When treatment for this type of addiction is not sought and implemented, the long-term repercussions can be devastating, if not deadly. Individuals plagued by heroin addiction often struggle to perform and succeed occupationally, resulting in unemployment and financial distress. Relationships frequently become disturbed, resulting in familial discord, divorce, and the deterioration of close friendships. Interaction with the legal system is also a heightened risk for people who chronically abuse heroin. Additionally, an individual’s physical health can be negatively affected in a monumental way when heroin abuse is allowed to persist. These individuals are at risk for experiencing irreversible cognitive impairment, vital organ damage, heart attack, stroke, and seizures, and are also susceptible to contracting infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, chronic heroin use is also known to elicit the onset of symptoms of various mental health conditions, exacerbate symptoms of preexisting mental illnesses, and cause users to suffer from suicidal ideation. Most tragically, the longer that a person continues to use heroin, the greater risk he or she is at for facing an untimely death.

While overcoming an addiction to heroin can seem overwhelming and nearly impossible for people who have found themselves trapped in its addictive powers, there are ways to defeat it. At Indiana Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our experienced and dedicated experts are ready and willing to guide you as you make the life-saving choice to confront your addiction, overcome the compulsion to use this toxic substance, and return to living the happy, healthy, and sober life that you deserve to be living.