Heroin Treatment: Addiction Can Be Conquered

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No one should feel alone in their pursuit to overcome heroin dependency. Here at Northpoint Colorado, we can help you on your journey.

Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine. Morphine is a natural substance taken from the seed pod of opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia.

If you’re dealing with heroin misuse or dependency, we’re here for you.

We offer medication-assisted detox, along with Vivitrol (used to prevent relapse), an evidence-based treatment philosophy, and a safe and therapeutic environment. We also have highly qualified and licensed clinical staff. We have built a reputation for clinical excellence and healthcare quality.

In order to provide the most comfortable environment possible, we offer a modern private-room inpatient facility with the latest medical technology.

Here, we understand that everyone is different, which means addiction treatment should be uniquely catered to each individual we serve. While some people may need a supervised detox, others may be able to live at home and receive outpatient treatment. Our staff will be able to determine the appropriate treatment for you.

Our inpatient detox and rehab program lasts for 28 days in a safe and supportive environment with 24/7 support from medical staff and prescription medication to assist with withdrawal. Our inpatient detox lasts around 7 days and will help cleanse your body of harmful toxins. We will help you manage any discomfort as a result of withdrawal. Inpatient rehab lasts for 21 days and will focus on the psychological part of your addiction.

The outpatient treatment program is designed to work with your schedule. You’ll be able to stay at home and visit our facility for treatment. Typically, there are 10-30 hours of treatment scheduled per week.

Our goal is to help you strengthen your body, restore your wellness, and give you the proper tools to recover.

Those who participate in our program may find they can indeed live happily without drugs, and learn to manage anxieties and depression. You may also be able to rebuild the strained relationships in your life. In general, we can help improve your overall health.

A Rundown of Other Services Offered By Northpoint Colorado

Our inpatient detox and rehab program offers other important services on your road to recovery from heroin dependency.

If you find yourself worried about a potential relapse, our relapse prevention service will work with you every day to give you the tools needed to remain on track to a healthier life.

Around 60% of people with substance use disorders also have other mental health conditions. Our integrated treatment aims to help you learn to manage both of those conditions. Our dual-diagnosis therapy service includes learning about addiction, self-care, building healthy relationships, and communication.

We also offer family therapy to help provide the tools needed to mend any relationships affected by your addiction. We understand having a family to support you is crucial, and we’re here to help rebuild any bridges that may lead to healthier relationships.

We also have a tool that may help you decide whether or not you’re dealing with a heroin addiction. This 19-question survey can play an important role on your road to recovery.

The Facts About Heroin

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), heroin is usually sold as a brown or white powder. The black, sticky version is known as “black tar.” Street heroin is usually cut (mixed) with other substances.

Typically, heroin is injected, snorted, or smoked.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Heroin enters the brain rapidly and binds to opioid receptors on cells located in many areas, especially those involved in feelings of pain and pleasure and in controlling heart rate, sleeping, and breathing.”

Short-term side effects of heroin include:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Flowing between being conscious and semiconscious
  • Itchiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Heavy arms and legs

Long-term side effects may include: 

  • Collapsed veins if injected
  • Damaged nasal tissue for those who snort the drug
  • Heart lining and valve infections
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Depression

Heroin overdoses can occur. These overdoses are usually spotted when breathing slows or eventually stops. This, in turn, leads to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Other symptoms may include blue lips or convulsions.

Heroin withdrawal can be severe, and it’s extremely crucial to seek professional treatment. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Body aches and pains
  • Goosebumps
  • Leg movements that can’t be controlled

Heroin may be referred to as:

  • Black tar
  • Smack
  • Big H
  • Thunder

The DEA lists heroin as a Schedule I substance, meaning it’s not currently accepted for medical use and has a high potential for misuse.

Heroin Continues To Be A Problem

A national survey reported in 2016 that 948,000 Americans admitted to using heroin in just that past year. In that same year, 170,000 people began using heroin for the first time.

Numbers are still quite high.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “In 2019, an estimated 10.1 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year.”

Approximately 745,000 used heroin.

In 2019, opioids were involved in 70.6% of all drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid, has been found in heroin, and can make overdosing more likely. Fentanyl is said to be significantly stronger than morphine.

As a country, we still have more work to do to combat the opioid crisis. But there is hope.

What Other Opioids Are Misused?

In 2017, the United States government declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

In 2019, there were a reported 50,000 total deaths from opioid-involved overdoses. 

In addition to heroin, other opioids include the pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and fentanyl.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, ”Many prescription opioids are used to block pain signals between the brain and the body and are typically prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. In addition to controlling pain, opioids can make some people feel relaxed, happy or ‘high,’ and can be addictive.”

People may build up a tolerance to prescribed opioids, such as pain relievers. This can lead to taking the drug more frequently or at a higher dose.

These substances may be misused by taking more than the prescribed dose, taking medication that isn’t yours, and using them to get high.

Fentanyl continues to be a problem. Overdose deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl were about 12 times higher in 2019 than in 2013. It is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. Fentanyl is used because it has a similar effect to heroin. The DEA reported last year that 26% of fentanyl tablets tested contained a deadly dose.

While these substances are quite similar to heroin, people may seek out heroin since it’s cheaper. But these other opioids can also be extremely dangerous if misused. Not only can they lead to addiction, but they also can lead to serious effects like overdosing.

Northpoint Colorado Is Here For You

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If you’re in need of assistance to address heroin dependency, our services can help. We are currently accepting new patients at our Loveland, Colorado, facility.

We offer free assessments for both our inpatient and outpatient programs.

In addition to our treatment programs for substance use disorders, we also have programs for those needing to address mental health disorders. We also provide specialized behavioral health programs for teenagers.

Learn more about how we can help here. Remember, our treatment plans are designed to meet your needs. Everyone’s situation is different. We understand that.

If you or a loved one needs to address heroin addiction, we’re just a phone call away. You can learn more about addiction interventions here.

Give us a call today at 970-800-6112. You can also send us a message online or request a call from us. We will then be able to discuss treatment plans, getting help for a loved one, your insurance situation, and start the admission process. We do offer same-day admissions.

Make the first step on your path to recovery today. Overcoming heroin addiction is possible. With us, you’re never alone.

FAQs

Which substitute drug is used in heroin addiction treatment programs?

While it shouldn’t be called a substitute drug, Methadone is typically used to treat heroin addiction by many treatment facilities. Despite stigmas and controversy surrounding the use of methadone, experts say it does help with things like withdrawal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Methadone is slow-acting and is taken orally so that it reaches the brain slowly. This, in turn, will weaken the “high” that occurs with opioids while also preventing withdrawal symptoms.

Why is methadone used as a treatment for heroin addiction?

Methadone works by changing how the body responds to pain. Typically, it eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, and also blocks the effects of drugs like heroin, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. It’s offered in liquid and pill forms. According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, methadone should be prescribed as part of a treatment plan that includes counseling and participation in social support programs.

What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

At Northpoint Colorado, we offer medication-assisted detox, along with Vivitrol (used to prevent relapse), an evidence-based treatment philosophy, and an environment that is built to make your road to recovery as comfortable as possible. Our clinical staff is also known for their quality and excellence. A more in-depth list of our treatment practices can be found here.

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