Heroin is a highly addictive drug that has hooked and ensnared many people. When you realize that you are addicted to heroin, you may wonder about your treatment options and whether you will be required to have in-patient treatment to deal with your heroin addiction.
While there are no hard-and-fast rules about treatment for the abuse of any particular drug in Colorado drug rehab, there are some important things to consider when seeking treatment to stop using heroin. Treatment professionals look closely at each person’s history of use, how much they are currently using, and its impact on their life before deciding the level of treatment appropriate for that individual.
What to Know About Heroin Addiction
When you stop using heroin, your body will go through withdrawal symptoms that can be severe and can last up to ten days. Because of the typical severity of the symptoms, which can include insomnia, irritability, mood swings, muscle aches and spasms, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, and inability to concentrate, many addicts cannot make it through withdrawal without relapsing or needing medical intervention of some kind.
There are many medications that can help moderate withdrawal symptoms and make them bearable until the drugs leave your system, and those are not available without an inpatient stay so that you can be monitored for complications, for your own safety.
Another way to approach treatment for heroin is with methadone maintenance, in which methadone is used instead of heroin and then slowly decreased to wean you off heroin. Other drugs are sometimes used as well. While methadone treatment does not require inpatient treatment, most heroin users need more than just methadone in order to break the power of their heroin addictions.
Why You May Need Inpatient Treatment for Heroin Addiction
Addictions are complex, and it is no easy task to break an addiction as powerful as a heroin addiction can be. Usually, it is best to take yourself out of the environment where the addiction developed in order to get enough distance from it to understand it and to avoid the temptation to use while you are working through these issues.
Inpatient treatment also takes the choice about whether to participate in treatment away from you, which can keep you better engaged in treatment than if you had to make the choice and the effort to travel to your next session from your home, as happens in outpatient treatment. It is not too difficult to talk yourself out of showing up to a treatment session when you are outpatient, but a lot of those arguments vanish when you are at a live-in, inpatient treatment program.
While in most cases the ultimate choice between inpatient and outpatient treatment for heroin abuse is yours (unless you are court-ordered into treatment), listening to the advice of your treatment team is advisable and can help you make the decision that will best help you in the long run.