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Understanding Heroin Abuse

Understanding Heroin Abuse Recovery

Heroin addiction is one of the most dangerous and damaging drugs available today. Derived from the prescription painkiller morphine, heroin directly impacts the central nervous system by depressing it. When this occurs, an individual is no longer able to feel pain, but rather experiences feelings of wellbeing and euphoria instead. When ingested, heroin crosses the blood-brain barrier quickly, only taking a short period of time for an individual to become high. This is often what keeps drawing in users. Additionally, the use of heroin often solicits feelings of relaxation and detachment from an individual’s surroundings. As soon as this high wears off, coming down can be painful, as withdrawal symptoms can develop if use is ceased. In some cases, withdrawal can be life-threatening.

The discomfort associated with withdrawal is often one of the primary reasons why individuals remain trapped in an ongoing cycle of heroin abuse. Even though he or she wants to quit, the pain that accompanies withdrawal can be so overbearing that using again seems like the best option. Luckily, there are other options that do not include continued use that can help make the process of withdrawal easier, ultimately making recovery seem more obtainable.

Medication assisted treatment is one form of care that can help individuals who are stuck in the midst of heroin addiction take their first step towards recovery. This type of treatment includes the use of specific medications that are effective in decreasing cravings, stopping the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms, and more. Through utilizing these medications, individuals can obtain the clear state of mind that is required in achieving successful recovery.

At Sandhills Treatment Centers, our skilled and certified staff of mental health and medical professionals are able to provide and monitor medication assisted treatment for individuals who are battling an addiction to heroin so that they can begin rebuilding a happy, healthy life. Sandhills Treatment Centers wants to help you realize how much potential your life has when heroin is no longer part of the picture.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Heroin Abuse Recovery at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a group of outpatient care providers who supply individuals ages 18 and older with medication assisted treatment. Our staff of experienced doctors, counselors, and nurses at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers is devoted to establishing individualized treatment plans for each patient based on his or her needs. The variety of medication assisted treatments and therapies that we offer at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers include:

Methadone: Extensive amounts of research surrounding the use of methadone has proven that it is a safe and effective medication for treating addictions to opioids such as heroin when taken as prescribed and under the care of a professional. Methadone is effective because it triggers the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated when a substance like heroin is abused, yet without producing a disorienting high. Therefore, patients who are consuming methadone can continue to engage in daily activities, such as going to school or work, driving a car, and adhering to other daily responsibilities without being detached or disoriented because of being high or due to being fixated on the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that can occur when heroin use is stopped.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a medication that received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use within medication assisted treatment programs in 2002. Suboxone is effective in helping to decrease cravings for continued heroin use, while also helping to control painful withdrawal symptoms without producing a high. Suboxone is the brand name for the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine works to stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms, while naloxone wards against abuse and overdose.

Subutex (buprenorphine): Similar to Suboxone, Subutex helps curb cravings for heroin use and diminishes painful withdrawal symptoms without causing the patient to get high. Subutex does not contain naloxone, which is one of the reasons why patients often begin their treatment with this medication, and then switch over to Suboxone for long-term care.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is the one medication used within medication assisted treatment programs that is unlike Suboxone, methadone, or Subutex in that it is injected as opposed to consumed orally. Since Vivitrol has extended-release properties, it is only injected once a month. With its active ingredient being naltrexone hydrochloride, this medication is effective in helping to reduce cravings and prevent painful withdrawal symptoms.

Individual therapy: At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we believe that for medication assisted treatment to produce long-term success, therapeutic interventions should also be provided for those who are grappling with a heroin addiction. As the medication works to bring about mental clarity by reducing physical symptoms of addiction, individual therapy works to allow patients to begin combing through the emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues linked to their heroin abuse. Individual therapy can be an excellent space for patients to work with a counselor one-on-one to help talk through their treatment progress and discuss any issues that may be causing them concern.

Group therapy: Complementing the individual therapy provided, Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers offers group therapy sessions that allow individuals to obtain supportive interpersonal interactions within a supervised environment. Engaging in group therapy with others who have also battled an addiction to heroin or similar substances helps patients progress in their recovery by obtaining and sharing insights, support, and encouragement amongst their peers. Counselors will lead group therapy sessions, and will do so by supplying educational, structured, and empathetic sessions that are effective for everyone involved.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Heroin Abuse

When individuals are stuck in the throes of a heroin addiction, it can cause extreme challenges to develop in all areas of their lives. When treatment is not sought for a heroin addiction, there can be long-term consequences that can destroy an individual’s life. Those who are battling a heroin addiction frequently find it challenging to perform and achieve success in their work life, causing job loss and financial struggles. Relationships often fall to the wayside, which can lead to family issues, divorce, and the loss of close friends. Those who continually abuse heroin are at risk for running into trouble with the law as well. In addition, an individual’s physical wellbeing can be threatened tremendously when a heroin addiction is present. These health risks can include irreversible cognitive impairment, heart attack, vital organ failure, stroke, seizures, and the possibility of contracting diseases like HIV/AIDS or hepatitis. Individuals can also suffer mental health side effects, as the abuse of heroin can bring on a number of psychological illness symptoms as well as exacerbate pre-existing conditions. In many cases, individuals struggle with suicidal ideation. Sadly, the longer that an individual abuses heroin, the more likely he or she is to lose his or her life.

Defeating a heroin addiction can seem almost impossible for an individual who has grappled with this type of disease. However, there are ways to overcome it. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our dedicated and talented professionals are willing to go above and beyond to ensure that you make the decisions that are best for you so that you can address your addiction, put an end to your desire to abuse, and live the recovered life that you deserve.