When it comes to opioids, heroin is a drug that is widely recognized. It is a powerful pain reliever with a high risk for addiction. While some people experiment with heroin on their own, others transition to this drug from prescription opioids because it is less expensive. Many people thrive on the feeling of euphoria it provides in addition to the pain relief. However, heroin interferes with the brain’s reward system as well as critical functions such as breathing and heart rate.
Heroin rehab at CareForward Health helps clients to overcome these changes in their brain and experience euphoria and pain relief through more natural means. Addiction treatment addresses underlying issues that contribute to heroin use and builds skills to alleviate cravings, make healthier decisions, and combat challenges in more constructive and positive ways. Clients can break free from the fog of living under the influence of heroin and pursue the goals they have set for themselves.
The first step in recovery is recognizing that there is a problem and seeking help. Signs of heroin use include:
- Sense of euphoria
- Runny nose
- Dry mouth
- Watery eyes
- Flushed skin
- Nausea or vomiting
- Decreased heart rate and breathing
When trying to stop use, individuals may experience symptoms of withdrawal including severe cravings, insomnia, restlessness, muscle pain, cold flashes, vomiting, or diarrhea. Detoxing at home can be very dangerous due to the effects of withdrawal; clients experience much better results when entering a heroin detox and rehab program at CareForward Health and receiving supervised, medically assisted care throughout the process.
Heroin Detox & Rehab
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older had tried heroin at least once by 2011, and approximately 23 percent of these individuals would develop a heroin addiction. CareForward Health is trained to support clients experiencing heroin addiction to safely and effectively begin the recovery process. Healing does not occur overnight, but CareForward Health provides ongoing support and treatment that meets clients where they are at and empowers them to overcome their addiction.
Heroin detox takes place at a licensed detox facility as part of a partnership with CareForward Health. Once clients have completed detox and their body has cleansed itself of any addictive substances, they begin heroin rehab at CareForward Health. This is a very personalized process. Clients meet with their treatment team to develop a care plan that meets their individual needs. Those requiring a higher level of care may start in the Day Treatment Program attending treatment for eight hours per day and then step down to Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) attending treatment for four hours per day. Some clients start in the IOP program. It all depends on the individual’s situation and goals.
In both programs clients have a voice in determining the focus and areas they need to work on. Self-care groups can help clients build essential skills to thrive in their education, career, or other endeavors while effectively implementing the strategies they have learned in recovery. There are opportunities to incorporate religious preferences, recreational interests, and mental health care for co-occurring disorders as well. As clients progress in their recovery, they see that there is life beyond heroin addiction, and that it can be filled with excitement and opportunity.
To facilitate greater independence and accountability throughout recovery, clients reside in approved sober living facilities during heroin rehab. Here they are able to develop healthy routines, build connections with others in recovery, and learn to balance recovery with real-world responsibilities and situations in a safe, structured environment. The Los Angeles area is buzzing with energy and is a melting pot of different cultures and events providing an enriching setting for clients to practice what they have learned and continue building their skills in recovery.